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Dinner anyone? RS Barcelona serves up a wondrously dual-purpose table that easily transitions from full-size ping-pong playing area to commodious dining surface with the flick of its net. For use either indoors or outside, the steel-framed table exhibits a similar duality of materials–the high-pressure laminate tabletop in either black or white is finished off with legs in rich Iroko wood. A drawer hidden from view by a colorful strip holds the net, balls and paddles when not in use. Barcelona-based designer Antoni Pallejà and his partner Júlia Polbach regard such versatility as a contemporary design imperative and in this case, at least, it plays right into the company's goal at RS, family-run since 1975: "It’s about generating smiles."
“It’s about generating smiles.” Not the usual business plan, but for RS Barcelona it’s a premise that’s made the brand a head-turning standout with its unconventional modernist home decor and furnishings. First begun as a small family-owned metal workshop in 1975, Rafael Rodríguez Castillo had a bigger dream for his business. Joined by his 2 sons, they caught the creative bug and wanted to design and produce their own products and show them to the world.
A certain metal foosball table—in quirky but also practical weatherproof bold colors—set them on their way. With that initial success, the company turned a corner and now is continually searching out young and imaginative talents from the new generation of designers for future collaborations. All because the RS Barcelona team says they enjoy seeing things in a different light. “It's about feeling good and surrounding yourself with the things you like. To never stop playing and learning.”