Both engineering and finance have formed the professional path of Simon Purkis. But he’s always loved design and contemporary art. So, eight years ago, he founded Purling London, a purveyor of handmade artist- and custom-designed classic games. Soon after, the pieces were named a future trend at Maison&Objet in Paris. Among Purling’s collaborators have been Sophie Matisse, Thierry Noir, and Darren John, who recently adapted one of his street art series into the teal-painted Parallax Intervention 4.0 chess set. New art games are in the works with KHAMAMA, which creates marquetry featuring ethically sourced butterfly wings.