Even though most people can’t play a lengthy rally, almost everyone can have a good time playing ping pong (or table tennis, if you live in other parts of the world). The games are fast, the equipment isn’t expensive, and the ping pong table itself makes a nice place to store junk whenever you’re not using it.
Since the table pretty much always has to be the center of attention (you know, so there’s enough room for two players to use it), it only makes sense to make it as eye-appealing as possible.
Enter the Marshmallow– a ping pong table designed by Studio Vono designers Adam Stok and Monika Kozderková to act as both a standard playing table and centerpiece sculpture. Using hydraulically pressed metal pipes, the Marshmallow combines minimalism and a simple metal design with your everyday ping pong table.
The table gets its name from, you guessed it, the fluffy marshmallow. The designers explain how easily metal flattens when put through a hydraulic press, so much so that it reminds you of a marshmallow being pressed between your fingers.
This method of flattening the metal allowed Adam and Monika to mold the table into a lightweight piece of sports furniture. The table and net are made from dark wood and mesh, while the legs are black metal legs bent at the corners and edges. This makes the legs look almost inflated; like they were made from finely shaped balloons.