Apollo 20 and Ghost: many ways to interpret a table football. Basaglia + Rota Nodari Studio for FAS Pendezza The architects continue the research of a product with better performances and with unexpected design.


A table game invented between the 20s and 30s of which paternity is claimed by Spanish, German and French people. But that doesn’t really matter: since then it has become one of the most popular leisure activities in Italy as well.

The first historical rudimentary table football were built by hand, consisting of a large box, men and wooden rods, with a plywood top. A box that rested on a very unstable supporting structure. A lot of imagination to compensate for the absence of technology.

In Italy, interest fluctuated until in the 1960s when the table football is recognized and widespread because it was considered a manifestation of healthy competitiveness. It is precisely in 1964 that the history of FAS Pendezza begins following the intuition of Alfonso Pendezza and his brother Davide: to use the highest quality raw materials, with the work of the best craftsmen of the local tradition to create play and fun tools for adults and children.

Today the products signed by FAS Pendezza are popular all over the world thanks to the use of technology and, more recently, to design, introduced with the collaboration of Alberto Basaglia and Natalia Rota Nodari, who sign in 2020 two more novelties, already presented at Maison & Objet in Paris and at ISPO in Munich.

design Basaglia + Rota Nodari Studio

Ghost has an elegant and charming attitude, it is a precious presence. With a sophisticated design, it is not a “just look don’t touch” object but it is a professional table football suitable for matches between both champions and lovers of this game. Ghost has a transparent crystal made playing field and metal finishings.

Apollo 20
design Basaglia + Rota Nodari Studio

Inspired by the first man’s moon landing, Apollo 20 is a perfect outdoor table football. Its presence at home or at office is subtle, fresh and elegant. It is both lean and stable, ideal for having fun in passionate challenges. It has a waterproof plywood playing field and metallic rod legs.

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