"NECESSITY: THE MOTHER OF INVENTION"
Early in the '90's one evening, I set about creating a Backgammon board out of whatever I could find from my studio, this was due to the demands of a group of friends that were staying with me.
I took two sheets of acrylic, between which I sandwiched four sheets of A4 paper printed with the backgammon field. I edged it to stop the die rolling out, again with my favourite material, acrylic. Within an hour we were playing and they loved the board, so I decided to evaluate it more thoroughly as a design.
Today each layer is laser cut. I incorporated the handle into the frame and nested the counters within the thickness. They are all cut out of the same layer as the frame and there is almost zero wastage.
I had noticed with the original design that the acrylic 'stunned' the die which stopped them bouncing out, so I kept this feature and improved on it. I sourced beautiful hinges and a variety of dice in different colours.
Every board is carefully assembled in an anti-static environment at my factory in Stroud, Gloucestershire.
Through necessity, I accidentally created, but ardently developed this new aesthetic to a well loved game.