It’s a coffee table! It’s a ping-pong table! It’s a chalkboard! Mike Mak’s clever design for Huzi is fun for the whole family.

Mak developed a special ping-pong ball that won’t lose its shape if stepped on, and each of the paddles has a little moustache for making faces and playfully taunting opponents.

Guaranteed to keep kids busy with a good time.

You can keep score on the table’s surface, which is also a chalkboard.

Or abandon the game completely and use your imagination with the chalk.

Fun for kids, fun for adults.

When the "net" is down, the table looks like a normal living room fixture.

Easy enough to attach the divider.

Coffee table time.

Coffee table time.

Storage space? Storage space!


Even in ping-pong mode, this table would make for a functional piece to hold your coffee and Sunday paper.

Game on!

A Coffee Table For Kids With A Secret Ping-Pong Mode

It even comes with uncrushable Ping-Pong balls (!).

There are some things you look at and immediately think: Well, shucks—that is super clever. Mike Mak’s Ping Pong table is one of those things. The kid-tested, parent-approved piece looks simple, but was built with a bunch of thoughtful touches that make it far more than meets the eye.

Mak, who grew up in British Hong Kong in the 1980s, developed his design style as a combo of eastern and western cultures, and his portfolio is full of playful products (including a googly Eye Clock and Van Gogh mug with a silicone ear for a handle). In this way he was a perfect match for Hong Kong-based Huzi, which has made a name for itself with a collection of quality pieces for kids that won’t bum adults out with plastic parts and garish hues.

The red oak plywood table has room for storage down below and, when the divider is down, doubles as an unassuming coffee table. Come playtime, however, this baby becomes a hub of fun—with consideration, of course, to the reality that these games can get a little crazy. Mak developed a custom ball specifically suited for use in the living room. "It’s silent, less bouncy, and will retain its shape even if you step on it accidentally," he tells Co.Design (which sounds like quite an innovation in itself). Even the paddles have a little something extra. "We added a little mustache and red lips on the racket, so you can use it as a face mask to tease each other." But wait—there’s more! The black surface is also a chalkboard, making keeping score a snap. So, where’s the adult-sized version?

Be sure to check out Mak’s Dream Car, also for Huzi, which is Kickstarting now.

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