Igniting moments of joy
An ArtTable combines the joy of displaying art at home with one of the most loved games in the world. But its conception wasn’t born from a commercial point of view. It arrived purely out of a personal desire to create.
I closed my design agency, Fivefootsix, back in 2016. A business I’d run with my friend Mark for 11 years. We’d often held regular ping pong tournaments in our studio space in the evenings. The early days of AoPP. And without a studio, I had nowhere to play. I bought a small table for the garage, and for a while used to hold a few mini-tournaments in there. But as Caroline and myself had children our garage was soon taken over with buggies, cots, hi-chairs, bikes – family stuff. I looked at mini folding ping pong tables. But they are large cumbersome items that are hard to store and ugly when folded away. As big lovers of art and design we decided to explore an alternative solution.
To bring ping pong into our home we had to make it into something we were proud to display, rather than desperate to hide away. So giving the table a secondary purpose became the primary consideration – this duality now sits at the very core of all our ideas at AoPP. We wanted to create a table that was as joyful to look at as it was to play with. And so the ArtTable was born.
The ArtTable is as much an art piece as it is a ping pong table. For the most part, Caroline and I design the artworks. And along our journey, we’ve also been lucky enough to collaborate with some of the world’s most exciting artists and emerging talents to create limited-edition collections. We officially launched them at the London Design Fair in 2019. We’re super proud to say that The Evening Standard picked them for their list of top ten products from the London and Paris design fairs. And since then we have made unique collections for Selfridges, Mr Porter, The Conran Shop and Le Bon Marche.
Now that we’ve grown all our ArtTables are hand-made in small quantities in Europe before arriving with us to print the artwork. Great care is taken in treating each order as a true work of art – varnished and packaged carefully before being shipped to their new home.
We have this beautiful large room, But I didn’t want a full-size ping pong table. Then I came across your ArtTable and I just fell in love. It’s just so beautiful.
Heather, Los Angeles