THE LUXURY LOOK
Play Room Whether splurging on an avant-garde, sculptural game table for the home or keeping it simple with a putting mat in the office, fun is what it’s all about.
This year is the 10th anniversary of the inception of 11 Ravens, a Los Angeles–based company co-founded by former professional table tennis player Michael Zaretsky, who partnered with graphic designer Bernard Semerdjian to create a design firm that has revolutionized the aesthetic of game room tables.
Offered in a variety of styles, including mid-century modern, transitional, and modern/futuristic, every 11 Ravens game table is bespoke and all game types can be accommodated—from billiards and table tennis to air hockey, foosball, and shuffleboard. The firm’s best-selling table is a 3-in-1 design: a billiards table that operates as a dining surface on one side and a table tennis surface on the other. The piece functions with a dual-conversion top made of competitive-quality ping-pong material in the client’s choice of colors.
The Theseus Air Hockey table (from $18,675) features a black, powder-coated steel frame with a walnut wooden rail. Upgrading to a Lucite base adds $8,000, while the aforementioned table tennis and dining room conversion top costs an additional $4,000. Typically, an 11 Ravens commission requires 12 to 16 weeks from inception to delivery; however, challenging new concepts can sometimes require four to eight weeks of additional time.
For avid golfers looking for a simple yet effective way to improve their skills, the 13-foot Wellputt training mat ($179) lets them do so in the home or office. “It’s the tool that’s going to help you develop better accuracy and better speed control,” says Cameron McCormick, a PGA of America instructor and Jordan Spieth’s longtime coach. The mat’s alignment aids help players properly line up their putters behind the ball—an overlooked aspect of the putting stroke that deters many amateurs. Additionally, the mat features two rows of ball markings that can train players to stand so their eyes are directly over the ball when they putt. The stroke amplitude guides allow players to practice distance control.
As for speed training, the mat’s cut-pile surface is developed to accurately replicate a medium-to-fast green, with a speed of 10 on the Stimpmeter in one direction and 11.5 in the opposite direction. The Wellputt mat also features a dedicated iPhone or Android app to guide users through more than 50 exercises and training drills to improve their precision. —Shaun Tolson
Akris jacket, $3,990; us.akris.com
James Perse T-shirt, $85; jamesperse.com
The Row jeans, $590; therow.com
ON Running sneaker, $149; on-running.com
Nadri earrings, $345; nadri.com
Messika bracelet, $12,600; messika.com
Wellputt Putting Mat, $179; wellputt.com
Scotty Cameron Putter, from $399; scottycameron.com