Here’s some photos of my Überpong paddle! So glad to see it in the flesh finally.
Überpong is a project developed by David Lowe whose name you might recognise as the driving force behind cool finding website Origin of Cool. The project aims to bring Design and Art to the game of Ping Pong to create a more exciting and artistic experience.
As well as my lucky self, the launch paddles have artwork from the following talented people: John Vogl, Nathan Brown, Clint Wilson, Charlie Chauvin, Sophie Roach, Tambolbee Villarino, Dave DiAngelis, Jay Bramhall, Flynn Prejean, Hannah Adamaszek, Sean Mort, Richard Koehler, Bobby Rosenstock, Viktor Hertz, Brent Black and Gordon Holden.
If you’re interested in purchasing one (and why wouldn’t you be?!) go here.
Do you love ping pong? Prove it!
Origin of Cool: UK
October 24th 2011 - Richmix, Shoreditch, London
Origin of Cool recently attended Pongathon’s launch night. They were going for a Guinness World Record attempt (the most players in a rally – 102 players). They came close to breaking it (I think it was 94) but didn’t quite make it.
Pongathon is all about getting people playing ping pong. They have a monthly residency at Richmix in Shoreditch so get yourself down there if you want some of the following:
Pongathon Ping Pong Robot Challenge
Live Visual Art
Crazy ’70s sweatbands!
Next Pongathon: Tuesday November 22nd 2011
Sooyeon Lee: Grand Slam
The Table Tennis Champ Stars in Matthew Donaldson’s Slow-Mo Homage to the Sport
Korean table tennis champion, actress and former model Sooyeon Lee challenges herself to a high-fashion endurance match in today’s film by NOWNESS contributor Matthew Donaldson. “It’s a vehicle to show how extraordinarily elegant she is,” says the filmmaker and photographer, who enlisted stylist Katie Shillingford to emphasize Lee’s technique. “The sport requires the body to jolt into action in an aggressive manner that is mesmerizing,” she says. “I wanted the clothes to accentuate these movements.” Shillingford commissioned designer Geraldine Chevrolet to create bespoke fringed tights, gloves and a hat, pairing the custom accessories with neon, black and nude jumpsuits, dresses and leggings from Christopher Kane, Mark Fast, Jil Sander and Versace. Originating in 1880s Britain as an after-dinner parlor game, the Olympic sport of table tennis has recently emerged as the boutique pastime of choice, evidenced by actress Susan Sarandon’s SPiN, a chain of ping-pong clubs which counts Lee as its ambassador and has locations in New York, Toronto and Hollywood. “It’s become very trendy,” Lee observes. “It’s sociable, you don’t need to be super athletic and it’s good for the brain.”
Article courtesy of Nowness.com
Thanks to Allison Jaffe for the link