London-based British designer Alexandra Llewellyn creates backgammon boards and custom-made games, and tables all made in the U.K. A large collection is stocked of their in-house designs that can be available immediately or personalized with engraved or painted messages, initials, and dates. They can also be commissioned with their exquisite semi-precious stone and brass playing pieces. Alexandra also takes one-off commissions for games tables and games boards. Every detail is created in close conversation with the client, creating a truly original way to commemorate memories and life achievements. Alexandra works with a team of master craftsman in the U.K. who each specialize in different techniques and materials, making each unique commission an original to be enjoyed by generations to come. Alexandra has played backgammon all her life, and her love of the game was cemented as a child in Cairo.
The rattle of dice on large wooden crate boards signaled the game in play, as she strolled through the streets with her Egyptian step-grandfather. As she traveled more, her interest in backgammon evolved over countless games. She became enthralled by the idea that board games operate as an independent vocabulary requiring neither common language nor culture and the idea that games bring people together. Alexandra Lewellyn has earned the coveted Butterfly Mark from Positive Luxury. Positive Luxury’s mission is to inspire people to buy better and influence brands to do better.
They award the Butterfly Mark to luxury brands that are committed to sustainability, helping consumers shop with confidence. The Butterfly Mark is a trust mark that identifies the brands in the Positive Luxury community of #brandstotrust. It offers brand transparency at the point-of-sale in a consumer-friendly way. To earn this coveted trust mark, brands must pass a stringent annual assessment that examines sustainability from a holistic point of view; encompassing governance, social and environmental frameworks, philanthropy and innovation. Launched in December 2010, Alexandra Llewellyn Designs embody an exquisitely unique vision of the oldest recorded board game in the world. Alexandra’s designs are owned by client’s such as Sir Richard Branson, Elle Macpherson, Jacquetta Wheeler, Sony Music, Eden Rock, Mark Ronson and Paloma Faith. GAMES FOR CHANGE Designer and photographer collaborate in aid of wildlife conservation. Luxury games board designer Alexandra Llewellyn has collaborated with fashion and nature photographer Kristian Schmidt to create a limited-edition backgammon set. This unique conversation piece was created to help raise awareness about wildlife conservation. The collectible WildAid backgammon board is hand-made from the finest ebony wood with quality dice shakers, showcasing Kristian’s breathtaking whale and shark photo series, featuring the vulnerability of one of the ocean’s gentle giants alongside juxtaposed ethereal women. Each board is also signed and numbered by the talented photographer.
With precision-cut dice and playing pieces made with lapis blue and turquoise blue stones encased in brass, each engraved with names of the world’s most endangered species in both English and Latin, this exquisite board is the perfect gift for conservation, photography and gaming connoisseurs alike. A limited edition collection of 10 boards sold at £5,800 inc V AT will be available for purchase online at www.alexandralldesign.com 20% of the proceeds will be donated to WildAid. Alexandra Llewellyn www.alexandralldesign.com.