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Cyrice Griffith - luxury chess set designer.

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Meet Cyrice Griffith.

Cyrice Griffith is the artist, creator and founder of Griffith Chess Designs, reinventing chess and checker game pieces to be luxury, pieces of art. Cyrice’s career is also marked by transformative initiatives and a profound dedication to bridging creative industries and education.

I love learning about niche artists like Cyrice who create such original products. I enjoyed Cyrice’s fantasy cultural year which uncovered many surprises like the two individuals she chose to meet for her hero lunch.

With extensive senior leadership and consulting experience across various domains, including urban planning, cultural enrichment, entertainment, and K-12 education non-profits, Cyrice has left an indelible mark on each endeavour she has undertaken.

At the University of Southern California, she orchestrated a symphony of innovation, entrusted with envisioning, launching, managing, and scaling numerous high-impact strategic initiatives. These initiatives not only expanded audience reach but also fostered a culture of creativity and collaboration, propelling the institution to new heights of success.

As a passionate advocate for workplace diversity, Cyrice served as a liaison between entry-level positions and senior management, championing inclusivity at every level. Her role as a Mayoral Appointee and National Fellow underscore her influence and expertise in driving meaningful change on a national scale, while her tenure as a Leadership California Alumna speaks volumes about her leadership acumen.

Prior to her current ventures, Cyrice held prominent positions such as Deputy Director of the American Institute of Architects, Los Angeles, and Senior Director at the Urban Land Institute. Her efforts in diversity, equity, and inclusion across these organisations reflects her unwavering commitment to social progress and systemic change.

In addition, Cyrice is a visionary artist, renowned for her award-winning luxury chess sets under the banner of Griffith Chess Designs. Each meticulously crafted set is an example of her passion for art, architecture, and design, blending traditional gameplay with modern assemblage artistry. With a focus on sustainability and eco-friendliness, her creations serve as both functional masterpieces and timeless works of art, captivating collectors worldwide.

But beyond their aesthetic appeal, Griffith Chess Designs sets are imbued with a deeper purpose – to promote human connection through artful design. Each intricately crafted piece invites players to engage not only with the game but also with the story behind the set, forming a sense of connection and camaraderie.

Each piece in the Griffith Chess Designs collection demonstrates Cyrice's boundless imagination and meticulous attention to detail. Drawing inspiration from a diverse array of influences, from vintage treasures to contemporary marvels, she masterfully reimagines the timeless game of chess in fresh, unexpected ways. Every chess set crafted by Cyrice is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece, ensuring that no two are ever alike.

Whether displayed as a showpiece in a luxury home, executive office, or members club, a Griffith Chess Designs set is more than just a game – it's a work of art, a conversation starter, and an unparalleled opportunity to own a truly original and exclusive piece of functional art.

Inquiries about Cyrice's visionary creations or her strategic leadership and purchases of the chess or checker sets  are welcomed, as she continues to inspire and innovate across the intersecting realms of art, education, and strategic leadership.

You can reach Cyrice via LinkedIn here or find her website here.


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