Being advocates of ping pong design, Wallpaper* was thrilled to hear about an annual charity auction, selling bespoke artist-designed table tennis paddles as part of an exhibition called 'The Art of Ping Pong'.
Throughout November, the public are invited to purchase the bats – on show at the London outpost of KK Outlet gallery – in an eBay-style online bidding. The project is the brainchild of design agency Fivefootsix, who have welcomed a mix of new talent and established artists to be inspired by the game and create imaginative forms on the bats.
Now in its third (and most star-studded) year, the playfully eclectic set ranges from Noma Bar's ambiguous human face hidden in a variety of ping pong motifs, through Marion Deuchars’ sweetly simplistic bird design, to Supermundane's and Malika Favre’s combination of pop art and vibrantly graphic styles. Adding wit to the collection is British artist Anthony Burrill’s typographic and humorous ‘No Ping No Pong’; while Paul Catherall's geometric aesthetic resonates in the abstract shapes of his hand painted design.
Fivefootsix also gave a student from London Met's Cass faculty of art, design and architecture an opportunity to design a paddle in a competition. Winner João Cardoso decided on a whimsical flip-flop shoe, complete with straps and imprinted base.
Previous years have seen even more animated forms including floral prints by Matthew Green, a carved smiling ice cream by Malarky and a cartoon fried egg by Daniel Frost.
Act fast if you want to get your hands on one of these fun pieces – bidding ends on 30 November, with all proceeds to be donated to BBC Children in Need. For those always on the go, Fivefootsix have also introduced a bidding app – developed by Roll Studio – so there is no excuse to not get in the game.