A touch of glass for a favourite pastime
The Australian-made X1 ‘Everest’ pool table will set you back six figures, but your friends will love it.
Pool tables are usually relegated to the man cave or the games room, with blame laid at a chunky aesthetic of heavy timber and green felt that often doesn’t fit into a contemporary living room.
As part of his final-year project in Industrial Design in 2003, University of South Australia student Craig Nottage set about creating a stylish, minimalist, glass and steel pool table that was still perfectly functional.
After selling a few as a sideline post-uni, he joined up with Edgar Polanco, who eventually bought out Nottage and established Elite Innovations (eliteinnovations.com.au), the world’s first and only manufacturer of glass-topped pool tables. The X1 ‘Everest’ – priced from $106,500, in a limited edition of only five a year – is the most recent design.
Like others in the range, it features a 17.5mm-thick glass playing surface finished in a patented Vitrik translucent film. This multi-layered polyurethane and fibreglass surfacing replicates the rolling resistance of felt tables.
The surface is durable and drink-proof (that spilt scotch and soda simply wipes off), but you will need to play with specially polished, matt-finish Belgian Aramith pool balls and a chromed cue ball, which are supplied along with two aluminium cues, bridge and triangle.
Standard size is a competition class eight by four feet, with a vast range of bumper colours and LED lighting options. And when the black ball is finally sunk, you can add an optional table-tennis or glass dining table top to carry on entertaining.