No passé graphics. No tired typefaces. These re-imagined classics align with any interior style.
The coffee table is more than a table. It’s a pedestal upon which hardcover books read more as art than literature. It’s creative expression, a vibe — a place where every object has meaning. You certainly wouldn’t want to compromise its curation with cartoonish board games.
Whether they’re out on display or simply the social focus of the evening, these #aesthetic takes on classic board games level up.
The geometric pattern on the box, coupled with the soft color of its contents, exude Wes Anderson. If the director’s collection of characters were to sit — symmetrically, of course — around a table to roll Yatzy, these would be the dice they’d toss. Its minimalism makes it fit for any interior style, from plant-filled bungalows to crisp modernist showpieces.
$19 at Burke Decor
Enclosed in a birch and olive checkered case is the prettiest backgammon set you’ll ever see. Crafted with high quality wood and a thoughtful attention to design detail (hello brass hardware), this is an element worth adding to the table. Just picture it accentuating a Simon Pearce vase filled with fresh-cut stems.
$81 at Riverbend Home
The purpose of the game is simple: Get four pieces in a row. But this upgraded version of Connect Four adds sophisticated flair for a game night that’s more focused on charcuterie boards than strategy. With an acrylic base and marbled pieces, you may be tempted to leave the game out as a permanent part of your collection. We support that decision.
$129 at CB2
The wordsmith will add whimsy to their quarters with the “Garden Bistro” edition of Scrabble. Capturing natural motifs and a sorbet tone, this game brightens up a space. Gather three of your friends for an afternoon tea and Scrabble soiree. Wishing you a varied assortment of letter tiles.
$148 at Anthropologie
This isn’t your grandmother’s Rummikub set (though it totally can be if your grandma is Iris Apfel-adjacent). The sleek set comes in three eye-catching colors that are sure to attract all guests to the table. Enhance it with an etched personalization for additional panache.
$299 at Mark & Graham
Fashioned as a vintage novel, the spine of this game’s box won’t compete with surrounding titles when it’s shelved along your acclaimed photography portfolios stacked on the table. It opens into a design-minded version of the game of “sweet revenge” that can’t be unseen. Sorry!
$39 at WS Game Company
Updates are great, but sometimes it’s the retro re-imagining of nostalgic games that stylistically fit in the best. Nestled in a decorative tin with graphics inspired seemingly by 1950s ice cream parlor advertisements, the purposefully-dated rendition of Candy Land feels new again. The board and the feelings it conjures are equally sweet.