I was always fascinated (thanks, Spock) with the multi-tiered chess board from the original Star Trek series.
The Straight Up chess set seems like a nice transition from horizontal chess to future chess. You can bolt this to the wall and play a game against anyone who happens to pass by. You make your move, then mark it as the "Last Move", and the next time your opponent(s) stop by, they can do the same.
This would be most excellent in an office setting or as a way to torture your son Fauntleroy. Oh, and better yet...it's art!