Ping-pong perfection

This beautifully crafted table-tennis table by Martin Kemp and Little Halstock has a winning personality

Martin Kemp for Little Halstock ping-pong table, £85,000
Martin Kemp for Little Halstock ping-pong table, £85,000

Martin Kemp's ping-pong table (edition of three, each one unique, £85,000) for Little Halstock, a collaboration between the interior designer and the master cabinetmaking firm, reflects the current trend of designers reimagining classic tabletop games into stylised versions. Kemp chose radial-matched eucalyptus veneer intersected by a single backlit resin line (to replace the conventional central white line), with a net of woven horsehair and copper wire that drops out of sight at the touch of a button.

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“I wanted to take something familiar and make it extraordinary, with the quality of the finish matching that found in the most expensive cabinetry and bats made with the same craftsmanship usually applied to humidors,” he says. As a designer, he enjoys the personality that games areas reveal: “Nothing demonstrates the character of the owner more than the place in which they choose to entertain and be sociable.”

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