Smash Pong redesigns the bat

This installation made for the exhibition On! Handcrafted Digital Playground takes a playful approach to reimagining the table tennis bat.

table tennis rackets

Smashpong combines the best parts of volleyball and ping-pong

Designing a winning product is a big enough task as it is but redesigning a classic one is about as difficult as it gets. Here designers Julien Vallée, Eve Duhamel and Kristian Nørhave created a new version of table tennis that sees the humble bat redesigned in a number of ways.

Smash Pong was an installation made for the exhibition On! Handcrafted Digital Playground, curated by Héctor Ayuso and exhibited at the Contemporary Art Center of Cincinnati. Celebrating our intuitive attraction to play, ON! transformed the CAC galleries into "a collection of playgrounds where creativity is limitless and experimentation is the norm".

With circular and triangular rackets and other weirdly wonderful shapes Smash Pong is designed to be a new table sport that combines the "best parts of ping-pong and volleyball." Visitors are invited to play the game, which involves using the paddle as a tool to hit pieces on the table and gain points.

What to know more? Head on over to the Smash Pong website.

table tennis racket designs

table tennis racket designs

table tennis racket designs

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