Have you ever pondered on the origins of ping-pong? It's not a question we'd ask ourselves on a daily basis, but when met with a dining table from Journey East's new collection, our minds set out a-musing.

Apparently, urban folklore dictates that it originated when a bunch of upper-class British guys decided to have a game after dinner. They never even left the dining room — the dinner table was the playing field, while books were used as nets and wine corks as balls. They sure knew how to improvise in the late 1800s, and it's this very nature of double-duty that is the recurring theme in Journey East's first collaboration with a designer.

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Journey East is no stranger to looking back — many a biscuit tin lamp are fixtures in a vintage-lover's household. With their collaboration with design house Lanzavecchia + Wai, they take their love of the old-school even further. The design duo of Italian Francesca Lanzavecchia and Singaporean Hunn Wai worked with the furniture company to produce quirky pieces that are multi-functional as they are stylish.

The heritage game is strong with this one: Colours remind of shophouse windows and the HDB flats of Little India and Bras Basah, while the distinctive smell of Indonesian mahogany recalls the materials in an ancestral home. A dinner party can be converted to a ping-pong tournament at the snap of a finger, while the levels of stackable side tables can be removed for lower compartment options for guests who choose to lounge on the ground. Benches with wheels at one side — wheelbarrow-style — can also be moved around to accommodate changes.

In short, the PLAYplay collection is ideal for the young home owner: Creative, fickle-minded and adaptable. See the collection below.

PLAYplay by Lanzavecchia + Wai for Journey East is available exclusively at Journey East, 315 Outram #03-02, Tan Boon Liat Building.