A high-tech way to liven up your next dinner party
December 21, 2006—It’s never a good sign when a gaming device is the most stylish thing in a room, though Moritz Waldemeyer’s new LED game tables just might be an exception to the rule. Packed with thousands of tiny lights and touch-sensitive pads, each doubles as a high-tech gaming surface and a sleek piece of modernist furniture. For Atari nostalgists, there’s a long, rectangular Pong table, but our favorite is the roulette model, above, which lights up to reveal a number board, then flashes randomly until a single number remains illuminated. According to Waldemeyer, a former engineer at Philips and one of the wizards behind Hussein Chalayan’s recent tech-driven Spring collection, the pieces grew out of earlier experiments with kitchen design. “I wanted to hide lights and touch-sensitive technologies inside countertops so that you could control all your appliances through a single interface,” he explains. When the market for that work never materialized, Waldemeyer looked for a new way to “show off the technology—and games seemed to be the best way to do that.” Games more fun than kitchen appliances? He may be onto something.
Moritz Waldemeyer LED game tables, from $8,600, available exclusively by order at Rabih Hage Gallery London, 69–71 Sloane Ave., London, (011) 44-207-823-8288, www.rabih-hage.com.