The Art of Ping Pong 2015

From Anthony Burrill to Noma Bar, 21 illustrators create one-off paddles to raise money for disadvantaged youth

A ping pong paddle isn’t your typical canvas, but the Art of Ping Pong challenges esteemed designers and illustrators to try—and the bespoke bats are then auctioned off to raise money for BBC Children in Need, which supports disadvantaged youth in the UK. For its third year, London design agency Fivefootsix asked 20 very recognizable names like Anthony Burrill, Craig & Karl and Noma Bar …

Recycled Balinese Kite

Design collective Field Experiments resided in Ubud, Indonesia for three months for a not-so-typical design research trip. Immersing themselves in a community of local Balinese craftspeople, the team explored innovation and play during the design and creation processes—and the result is 100 one-off, cross-cultural “souvenirs” that think outside of the mass-produced tourist box. A highlight are the 20 one-of-a-kind kites made from recycled plastic shopping …

One-of-a-Kind Denim Patchwork Jacket

Denim jackets become one-of-a-kind, wearable political and social commentary through designer McKenzie Rose’s touch. Using the jackets as a base, Rose pieces together patches, cut-up T-shirts and other garments, buttons and pins—all from vintage and thrift stores—to tell a specific story with each piece. From “Crack Kills” to The Casualties, tales range from the musical to the controversial. All Franc Bakon pieces are hand-sewn by …