continuing the exploration and reinterpretation of ping pong, french design studio exercice has teamed up with leisure furniture manufacturer NEDJ to present ‘ping pang’, a collection of alternative table tennis units that add more fun and strategy to the game. the series features four tables — the ‘rebond’, the ‘golf’, the ‘trio’ and the ‘tournant’ — all with a fresh, colorful look but with different formal specificities that invite players to invent new ways of gameplay.
all images courtesy of NEDJ
the first table of the collection by exercice and NEDJ is the ‘rebond’ table with a light green surface and a distinctly futuristic look. its very wide and shallow proportions make it a technical table that favors short play and low shots. to win, you have to anticipate the rebounds and measure your shot to put your opponent in difficulty.
the second ‘golf’ table, showcases a yellow curved surface, with its shape thining in the central part to prevent short balls, and thus promote long-lasting exchanges. two holes on each side of the structure remind of beer pong, a famous variant of ping-pong especially popular in the US. putting the ball in the hole can be seen as a winning point as well as an obstacle to be avoided.
for the ‘trio’ table, exercice studio has drawn influence from the work of the artist asger jorn who opposes the traditional binary model — the duel — thus promoting the triolectic model which allows strategy and collaboration. with three players, you have to be cunning to win and team up against the best to hope for victory.
last but not least, the ‘tournant’ is cut for the turn, famous variant of ping-pong with several players where the goal is to return the ball before running to the other side so as not to be eliminated. all angles are rounded to allow players to move smoothly and safely. its small size allows it to be playable with two players as well as six or seven in rotating mode.
manufactured in france by passionate carpenters, the wooden tables are easy to assemble and dismantled thanks to a fast build-in system that does not require any tool. designed with durable materials in convenient proportions, the lightest table weights 30 kg, while the heaviest does not exceed 45 kg.
edited by: myrto katsikopoulou | designboom