Ping pong as modern art
Ping pong as modern art
PongChic founder, John Stonestreet, grew up spending countless hours playing ping pong in the basement with his mom. When his own kids starting getting to ping pong ages, he had no basement, and the garage was full of bicycle trailers and jogging strollers. So he explored the idea of putting a ping pong table in the living room. That idea proved unrealistic, so he considered a smaller, narrow table that could pop out on occasion and fold up behind the front door. That idea gained some traction. But then he realized that the dining room Ikea table was already that same size, so he bought a net off of Amazon and starting playing with the kids. It was fun but frustrating to realize so many of their missed shots would have landed on a regulation table. But who wants to make the lovely dining room into a man cave with a green table and white lines? So he starting researching and found a beautiful wooden $10,000 table online. This idea sparked interest but broke the bank. So he simply constructed his own ping pong table to match the color of the existing Ikea table.. Dining room ping pong turned out to be so much more accessible to the natural flow of life than garage or basement ping pong. It enabled him to capture those short snippets of time before and after meals that would otherwise be wasted doing little to nothing. Remembering from his own childhood being told not to go down to the basement and start a ping pong game because "dinner will be ready in 15 minutes," he learned through first hand experience that a ping pong dinner table salvages those 15 minutes for dad-daughter connection over a ping pong game, with little brother even getting in on the action as the proud ball boy ("Don't pick it up, Dad, I've got it!") And sometimes that 15 minutes turns into 20 or 25 minutes when all hands are on deck because dinner is almost ready. Just that time alone turns into hours of action in just one week. It also gave him and the kids motivation for cleaning off the table more often so the playing space was free to use. He also found a way to downsize back to the Ikea table size for special occasions. An idea was born: aesthetic innovation brings ping pong into the center of family life! PongChic builds on this concept by discovering and unveiling a functional art design revolution.
House Beautiful Magazine's November 2019 cover featured a dining room designed around ping pong under the banner, "Making the Dining Room Relevant Again." Taking inspiration from this revolution in healthy family living, PongChic transforms ping pong from a basement/garage activity with a bar game aesthetic to a paradigm of cutting edge modern art with a dining room aesthetic. With a few small design tweaks, artsy ping pong paddles can become seasonally-rotating 3D wallpaper. Your beautiful custom wood, dining ping pong table has an entire dining room design scheme wrapped around it. PongChic is Tre Chic! Aesthetic innovation increases population access to integrative health.
PongChic is much more than aesthetic innovation. PongChic empowers meaningful connection and, with practice, tremendous exercise. After finding a way to play ping pong with his kids at the dinner table, our founder returned home to his mother's basement, and showed off his daughters' new skills. It was truly amazing what they could do with only one year of dad-time invested around meal-times! They progressed from simply counting how many times they could tap the ball back and forth to ripping topspin forehands and backhands for serious sweat-breaking exercise! What could be more fun than ping pong at the dinner table? The mental snapshots of joyous action from that first year of dinner-table ping pong are forever burned into the soul, memories to last a lifetime. After a particularly impressive slamming winner off his hardest serve at the end of that year, his daughter summarized the year's accomplishments, asking: "Dad, can you believe we did it? Can you believe we got this good?" The real achievement to be celebrated here is the use of creativity and beauty to create special moments of dad-daughter connection that may have otherwise been wasted surfing the internet on phone screens during those sacred moments of time before and after meals at the dinner table. That redemption of time for meaningful human connection will forever be the primary motivation for the aesthetic innovation PongChic seeks to share with you and with the world. Won't you join us in the redemption of time for the making of eternal memories?