With the CHESS range of sheet metal cabinets, design company Magis exploits
the potential of yet another specialized industry. Following on from the OFFICINA
collection in wrought iron and the BRUT family in cast iron, CHESS was developed
in close partnership with Fami, one of the leading Italian producers of high-quality
It takes daring and vision to venture into a category of furniture typically associated
with sturdy tool cabinets and office filing systems. The challenge was to create
a design that remained true to the utilitarian genotype of this furniture, while
domesticating it with carefully targeted interventions. Typecasting potential
domestic applications for these cabinets laid the groundwork for a painstaking
process of refinement.
CHESS comes in a range of sizes, and offers a choice between drawers and sliding
doors. The cabinets are powder coated in signal white or wine red and feature solid
oak handles across all models. The wood not only provides a comfortable interface
with the furniture, but also adds a tactile material in contrast to the cold metal.
Solid oak is also used for the recessed pedestals, which lift the cabinets elegantly off
the floor. Each model from the CHESS range can be used as an independent storage
unit or as a module within a larger arrangement of cabinets.