To give people a way to find what they have in common
To make something solid that adds grace and is always there. Like an oak tree or a grandmother.
To bring out the game played by more people, young and old, male and female, than any other game in the world.
our story starts with a crash
In 2008 the world’s financial ties shred. Banks die. Iceland is close to bankrupt. No one knows their future. No one knows if society will survive. The collapse hits poor the hardest.
from ballet to one-ton tables
After college for 15 years HENGE founder Alan Good danced with a world-class avant-garde dance company and traveled the world. In 2009 he hurts his foot. Doctor’s advice: don’t jump, for up to a year.
He checks the web to see if the US has concrete tennis tables like he saw in Berlin. He finds only two.
To Alan, it is not a big leap from producing dance to an outdoor ping pong table: both seek to bring together people.
Landscape architecture, the profession.
Richter Spielgeräte and European playgrounds that mix art with play.
Jim Miller-Melberg, American designer of “swiss cheese” concrete playground objects
Eero Saarinen’s TWA terminal at JFK, and hundreds of other mid-century innovators in curved concrete structure.