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November 22, 1998|By Karol V. Menzie | Karol V. Menzie,Sun Staff

Knights in shining armor

A city skyline comes alive on a chessboard designed by Baltimore architect David Kerivan (left). The pieces, in black and clear anodized aluminum, resemble buildings, but each has attributes that define its role in the game and its hierarchy. The tops of the pieces are grooved or notched to indicate how the pieces move. A bishop, for instance, has two diagonal grooves, indicating it can move an unlimited number of spaces along diagonal lines. Each piece also has channel-like grooves around the base that indicate its point value in the game.

In addition, each pawn has a unique shape that allows it to fit inside its parent piece, so wherever it is on the board, its point of origin can be identified.

The chess set, which costs $800, is available exclusively at the Store Ltd. in the Village of Cross Keys. For more information, call 410-323-2350.

Light construction

Niermann Weeks, the Annapolis firm that re-creates 18th- and 19th-century looks in furniture and accessories, has just introduced a collection of table lamps. The lamps are inspired by architectural and decorative features, such as columns, moldings, urns, candlesticks and stair parts. Niermann Weeks handcrafts its objects in a 10,000-square-foot atelier, a modern version of an artisan's workshop. The lamps are available through interior designers.

A 'World' filled with irreverence

All of the foibles and fancies of interior design from the '60s to the the '90s are neatly skewered in a new book called "Your World ... and Welcome to It," written by Patrick Mauries and illustrated by fashion designer Christian Lacroix (Simon & Schuster, 1998, $25). In a charmingly indirect way, the book is a textbook of what went right and wrong in interior design as baby boomers feathered their nests. Lacroix's pen-and-ink illustrations are a feast for the eye, and will draw hoots of recognition from anyone who ever pored over a design magazine as it breathlessly extolled the designer of the hour. Among the witty touches, look for the dogs that are part of the decor in many of the drawings. Lacroix is apparently a dog lover.


* There's still a chance to catch "Christmas at the Mill," a juried exhibition and sale of crafts in paper, metal, ceramics, wood, glass and other media at Oella Mill, 840 Oella Ave. in Ellicott City. Admission is $1. Hours are 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. For directions or more information, call 410-795-2021 or 410-480-2871.

* The Maryland Orchid Society will hold its annual plant auction from noon to 4: 30 p.m. Saturday at the new Clarksville Fire Hall, located just northeast of the intersection of state routes 32 and 108 in Howard County. Hundreds of orchids, some of them in bloom, will be up for bids. You may snag a bargain for as little as $5, or test your nerve in battles where bids go as high as $100. Growers will be on hand with information on characteristics and care. For more information, call 410-750-8821.

Pub Date: 11/22/98


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