black ping pong table

Noted artist Tom Burr has showcased his tremendous talents in exhibitions at top museums and galleries around the world. Now he brings his modern aesthetic to your home in the form of this beautifully rendered table-tennis table, which also doubles as a contemporary work of art. Originally, the game of table tennis was favored by 19th-century British society before staging its most recent comeback among hipsters, families, and serious competitors alike. Just one summertime visit to Manhattan's Bryant Park, where a lively thwacking sound can be heard amid laughter and glee, confirms this theory. But you needn't travel to NYC to join in the fun. This limited-edition table, perfectly sculpted from a distinctive choice in material—black rubber—turns ordinary sporting equipment into the sublime. As Burr notes, "I like the notion of rubber. It has low-key glamour, like that of a sports car's bumpers and guards. And, quite simply, rubber makes the balls bounce—more bounce for your buck." It's a win/win situation: For each table sold, Neiman Marcus will donate $2,500 to Big Brothers Big Sisters, the nation's mentoring leader in changing children's lives for the better, forever. The table measures 9'L x 5'W x 30"H. Call 1-877-9NM-GIFT for more details. Limited edition of 10. 

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