Alain Gilles designs foosball table that "doesn’t have to be hidden"

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Foosball table by Alain Gilles

Alain Gilles designs foosball table that "doesn’t have to be hidden in the basement"

Brussels-based designer Alain Gilles took cues from Nordic design to create this minimal foosball table, designed to look good in any room.

Gilles sought to create a less masculine container for table football, so that the game "doesn’t have to be hidden in the basement".

Foosball table by Alain Gilles

His design, called The Pure, is contained within a curved shell that conceals all the game's mechanics, but appears less bulky than the typical cuboidal form.

The designer also simplified the other various elements including the players, removing extra detail to give the table a more refined appearance.

Foosball table by Alain Gilles

Handles are finished in chrome, and the wooden covering – chosen to add warmth, as well as to reference the materials used in traditional foosball tables – also incorporates abacus-style scoring.

The designer believes these details make the table suitable for any room in the home, as well as inside bars, restaurants and hotels.

Foosball table by Alain Gilles

"Foosball tables have historically been designed for public spaces, typically for rather masculine spaces like bars and game rooms," Gilles told Dezeen. "We were looking to design a more high-end piece that could fit in a home or at the entrance of a boutique hotel."

"Thus a piece that could fit in the centre of a living rom and be acceptable to everyone in the family," he said. "We wanted to turn it into a product that could please men but also women. Something sleeker, slimmer and more elegant that people could even customise."

Foosball table by Alain Gilles

The Pure was launched by French foosball table brand Debuchy by Toulet, which was set up by football player Mathieu Debuchy and Toulet, which has been manufacturing pool tables since 1857. It comes in several finishes, including all-black or with top and legs in contrasting wood.

Gilles initially worked in finance, before studying industrial design and opening his own studio in 2007, which works on product and furniture design, as well as art direction.

The designer's past projects include sound-absorbing blinds for office workerssteel-framed furniture and tables with legs that look like crinoline petticoats.

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Foosball table by Alain Gilles
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Foosball table by Alain Gilles