This Crazy-Ass Ping Pong Table Took 400 Hours To Build

Axel Yberg and his firm, Akke, make what he calls functional art. That translates to fun creations like this Pingtuated Equilibripong table, which may or may not be the most beautiful ping-pong table in existence.

Yberg said that the table required over 400 man-hours to construct. Comprising over seven different types of wood and reclaimed metal objects, the table has a hollowed-out centre that reveals the warm glow of an Edison bulb. The top has been coated in a high-gloss lacquer, providing a slick contrast to the unfinished, industrial look of the rest of the table. To top it all off, the net can be removed, and what was once a game table becomes a dinner table.

On display at ICFF 2012, Yberg said that the table is a one-of-a-kind piece selling for an eye-popping $US56,000 (which kind of makes sense, given the time that went into the project). But he also plans to produce a simplified version for retail as well.

Video: Michael Hession


Comments

    wouldn't glass make the ball bounce different?

      My guess is the whole thing would be covered in a single layer of varnish or whatever - wood and glass. That way you have a consistent surface regardless of the materials underneath. That's what I would do anyway. (NOTE: I didn't watch the video)

      I'll send the London Olympic Committee a memo making sure they don't use this table at the games!

    The metal net would make the ball fly out instead of dropping over (or back) when hit.

    I don't think it's really meant to be played on.

    The wire about the net would help the metal net simulate a real net chord, but having two separate table surfaces would result in inconsistent bounce and spin. Plus, having lights under the glass wont help when watching the ball.

    Its not for Ping-Pong.

    The only person playing with himself is the creator!

    I love hot the bollocks artsy photography shots and film making prevent anyone from actually having a good look at it.

    400 Hours??? What did he do - think about it for 8 weeks before he got started? No doubt it looks good/odd/quirky, but functional - No.

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