The return of baby-foot

Making of a Stella Baby-Foot

Classic French bar game is enjoying an unlikely renaissance

Baby-foot, French for Table Football, is back in fashion – and not in the bistros and cafés it first appeared in, but in workplaces, homes, even luxury hotels.

Stella, based at Tourcoing in the Nord, has been making Table Football games for the past 90 years.

Since director Nicolas Chantry took over in 2015, the company has seen annual increases in production of 30%.

In 2019, the team of 13 employees hope to make 2,000 baby-foot tables, compared to 1,000 in 2016.

Mr Chantry is passionate about the games he produces and is even creating a museum dedicated to this ...

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