A typically playful gesture from British-based duo, Daniel Weil and Gerard Taylor, Drei sets this coffee-table on three baseball bats for legs. (Even their umbrella stand is made from a rum-baba cake tin. ) Two glass bowls – one with a lid of painted wood, the other of glass – are set beneath the table surface with board games stored centrally in drawers. Made by Anthologie Quartett, Schloss Huennefeld, Haus Sorgenfrei, d-4515 Bad Essen 1, West Germany, the table costs about £833.
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Nine Mens Morris, played like noughts and crosses with armies in rows of three, is made in Andaman padauk and amboyna by Desmond Ryan. Costing from £1, 000, the board is available to order from Doels Farm, Burwash Common, East Sussex, TN19 (tel: 0435-883520). His eight-foot-high carved chess pieces are at Rosehaugh & Stanhope Development offices in Bishopsgate, London EC2.
Declan ODonoghues octagonal rosewood chess table is elongated to separate players. Boards can be changed for either cards or backgammon.