Feed the kids without losing your marbles


Okay, so a dining table with a built-in marble run could work one of two ways with a fussy toddler: either they’ll be so keen to be seated at this magical table they’ll eat anything, or – and I think this is the scenario to expect at my house – they’ll spend most of the time underneath the table following the trail of marbles as they wind down the legs of this amazingly carved piece.

In truth, the design of the Marbelous table from Dutch designers Ontwerpduo will appeal mostly to big kids, that is, pre-Wii adults who remember the hours of fun to be had with the board game Mousetrap (and trading marbles in the playground!).

Designed by Tineke Beunders from the Ontwerpduo studio in Eindhoven in the Netherlands, this Maple table, measuring 200 x 90 x 67cm, is what she calls a ‘functional woodcarving’, bringing together the worlds of adult furniture and children’s toys. She explains “From my childhood I remember it was always exciting to combine these two… I used the woodcarvings of furniture as a playfield for my puppets, to play in a new world.”


There’s no need to worry about little balls running off the legs and creating havoc around the house — you won’t actually lose any of your marbles thanks to a couple of clever catch cups in the feet of the table as well as the centre. But if I were you, I’d check regularly for foreign objects. I wouldn’t be surprised to find the odd pea down there (if only my parents’ dining table was this versatile!).

At this stage the table is more of a design project, but it’s worth bookmarking the Ontwerpduo site for production updates. Watch this space for more information.

Via Oh Gizmo!


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