When it comes to marrying a love of beautifulfurnishings with a passion for sport, it isn’t always easy to find a stylethat’s suitable for the home. The foosball tables devised by Adriano Design for B.Lab Italia are a notable exception, though, with their almost sculptural allure. Made using a sumptuous combination of materials – crystal, gold,aluminium, mahogany and glass – they artfully straddle the line betweenfurniture and plaything.
Handcrafted in Turin, foosball tables from the Teckell collection are nothing if not talking points. The customisable styles, including the newest addition to the line, theCristallino (first picture, from €11,800), are handmade from crystal glass with aluminium and nickelfinishes and are available to order in a limited-edition Gold LE style(second picture, €16,800), with striking 24ct-gold-plated players and accessories.
Those with a penchant for minimalist, sleek surfaces would find the Contropiede model (€11,000) an obvious choice. Handmade from either the highest quality glass (withblack or white accents) or solid walnut, these tables have a quietarchitectural beauty. In a more formal living space, the Intervallo (from€3,500) perfectly bridges the gap between coffee and games table. Smaller in scale but no less chic, its diamond-shaped case is made oflow-iron crystal glass with adjustable legs and handles in ash (€3,500) or walnut (€4,100).
Each of the tables’ 22 players, meanwhile, is diecastand hand-polished by a team of skilled artisans. The attention to detail maymean there’s a month-long wait, but the fun should last a lifetime.