From afar, the walls of this tiny Brooklyn apartment look they’re covered in geometric wallpaper, but get up close and you’re in for quite the surprise. Daniel Arsham, partner and co-founder of Snarkitecture, a cross-disciplinary firm that blends art and architecture, used 25,000 ping pong balls that had lost their bounce to create this incredible wall mosaic as part of an accelerated design experiment.
The 90-square-foot space (yes, that’s right, just 90 square feet) is a loft attached to a larger 2,500-square-foot collaborative workspace of which Snarkitecture is a part. In addition to an experiment with ping pong balls, it’s a study in simplistic living, as Arsham only has a bed with built-in shelves and a dresser. To enter the loft, he climbs a ladder that goes through the office bathroom, and he only uses the space for sleeping, dressing, studying and storage.
Back to the ping pong balls, though. The upcycled material creates an enchanting, textured pattern that is surprisingly calming. Fast Co. Design does take care to note that ping pong balls are highly flammable, but Snarkitecture assures that they covered the balls in a fire retardant intumescent coating. But we’ve saved the best for last — the wall décor cost less than $100 per square foot, and it only took two months to complete. Start digging out your old beer pong balls!
Images via Snarkitecture