Richard Hutten designs combined
conference and ping pong table

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Dutch designer Richard Hutten has created a conference table that can easily be converted for a game of ping pong.

Combined conference and ping pong table by Richard Hutten for Lande

The Ping Table by Richard Hutten for furniture brand Lande features a drawer in each end to contain the two white bats, balls and a detachable net that clamps onto the edges of the table top.

Combined conference and ping pong table by Richard Hutten for Lande

"In the morning you can work on it solitarily, then use if for lunch with your colleagues, or have a meeting of up to ten people, followed by a game of table tennis," said Hutten.

Combined conference and ping pong table by Richard Hutten for Lande

"Our work is a big part of our lives and a part of who we are," he continued. "Due to the digitalisation of society, we are always 'on', so it is important to take a break and have fun. Design is traditionally about solving problems. I don't solve problems, I create possibilities."

Combined conference and ping pong table by Richard Hutten for Lande

He explained that the product is good for body and mind because it encourages play and activity during the day. "A game of table tennis clears the mind, which eventually leads to increased productivity," he said.

Combined conference and ping pong table by Richard Hutten for Lande

The table is made of beech and features a walnut inlay to mark out the field for table tennis, but also divides the surface into four workspaces.

Combined conference and ping pong table by Richard Hutten for Lande

The pared-back design is meant to make it suitable for residential or industrial environments. It's made by craftsmen in the Netherlands and measures 240 by 120 centimetres.

  • Romain_M

    For when your office slide doesn’t quite cut it.

  • Kate

    What a new idea…

  • Ard Buijsen

    This design doesn’t need a gimmick, it is elegant as it is.

  • Muschio

    Beautiful table.

    I guess it is time to get rid of that ping-pong table I have been using as a conference table, and grow up.

    Or, not.

  • sarapanera

    I could make business decisions based on the winner.

  • pingpongpal

    “A game of table tennis clears the mind, which eventually leads to increased productivity,” he said.

    Yes because instead of spending time working you were playing so now you have to catch up!

  • Nick

    I was at Newcastle Uni; we had something very similar in one of the studios.

  • Andrea Ching

    Looks suspiciously similar to the You & Me by RS-Barcelona launched last year as Bola by DWR: http://rs-barcelona.com/en/catalogue/products/you-and-me

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    A game of table tennis clears the mind, which eventually leads to increased productivity.

  • Christian

    Ridiculous – why create such a beautiful table and then get the dimensions wrong?