Murray Barker and Laith McGregor create concrete ping pong tables


Architect Murray Barker and artist Laith McGregor have designed two out of doors desk tennis tables from monolithic concrete slabs (+ slideshow).

The tables, collectively named Monoliths, had been designed for the Monash College Museum of Artwork (MUMA) in Melbourne and are made predominantly of concrete with copper detailing and metal nets.

Monoliths Ping Pong Tables by Murray Barker & Laith McGregor

The lighter-coloured desk OK Level was constructed in two elements with a pyramid formed base and a flat enjoying floor.

Monoliths Ping Pong Tables by Murray Barker & Laith McGregor

Inexperienced pebble mixture is uncovered on the floor, and is meant to enhance the copper detailing on the desk because it oxidises and adjustments color.

The darker Step-up KO desk was tinted black utilizing iron oxide pigments. Its base seems to be like a set of the wrong way up stairs, and includes a small cut-out part meant for storing beers.

Monoliths Ping Pong Tables by Murray Barker & Laith McGregor

“The works are perceived as enigmatic sculptural varieties, constructed to elucidate the burden of the article in relation to the encircling city panorama, and conforming to precise dimensions for leisure play,” stated Barker and McGregor.

Monoliths Ping Pong Tables by Murray Barker & Laith McGregor

“The concrete objects are grouped collectively to create interactive gathering hubs in out of doors social areas,” they added. “Every sculpture took by itself kind and character while adhering to a conceptual thread.”

A set of benches topped with related slabs had been put in to accompany the tables, with the goal of encouraging skate boarders to skate on these as an alternative of the tables.

Monoliths Ping Pong Tables by Murray Barker & Laith McGregor

Different designers who’ve reinvented the ping pong table embrace Richard Hutten, who created a convention desk that doubles up as a desk tennis floor, and Portuguese artist Carlos No, who divided his table with a brick wall. 

Images by Abigail Varney.

Monoliths Ping Pong Tables by Murray Barker & Laith McGregor
Drawing – click on for bigger picture
Monoliths Ping Pong Tables by Murray Barker & Laith McGregor
Drawing – click on for bigger picture