When he isn’t busy rebuilding the entire block of Colquitt between Greenbriar and Morningside, Houston architect Scott Ballard puts his mind to work solving difficult domestic problems. F’rinstance: how to enjoy indoor sports in the comfort of your home more . . . oh, unobtrusively? Ballard’s wife “wasn’t thrilled” about the ping-pong table he and his kids parked in the family’s living room a couple years ago, he tells the Chronicle‘s Ken Hoffman. A few sketches, hired guns, and failed prototypes later, and — presto! Ballard came up with the solution: The Ping Pong Coffee Table. And it’s for sale!
For just $595 (plus $179.50 shipping, or a trip to his Upper Kirby office), you get a 30-by-54-inch laminate-surface coffee table that converts to a full-size ping-pong playing surface constructed from 3/4-inch plywood. Plus, he’s throwing in a dining table — absolutely free! Actually, the dining table is all part of the same contraption, which snaps and unsnaps using Ballard’s patent-pending spline connection system. The table can be converted from one use to another without any tools in less than 5 minutes, the architect claims. You can watch him do just that in this slightly-sped-up-motion video.
Photos: Scott Ballard