INDIANAPOLIS – Three students from the Herron School of Art and Design are vying to modernize the design of Brunswick Billiards iconic Gold Crown pool table.
The project was a challenge initiated by the billiards company to the students in the design program on the campus of Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. The hope was to reimagine a classic design to appeal to consumers today who are “attached to technology, attracted to clean lines and looking for a way to reconnect with family in the home.”
Through a partnership with Herron School of Art and Design, Brunswick Billiards challenged graduate furniture design students to reimagine the Gold Crown pool table while holding true to its core attribute of playability. In June the three finalists, Shelley Spicuzza, a master of fine arts candidate from Indianapolis; and new M.F.A. graduates Sam Ladwig from Oklahoma and Colin Tury from Detroit, presented their designs to the company. A winning design will be selected this fall. The student whose design is selected will win a $2,500 award and the professional credit for creating the Gold Crown VI. The two honorable mention designers will receive $500 each. The company plans for the new table to hit the market in the latter part of 2015.
The famed Gold Crown pool table has been used in professional tournaments and featured in the films “The Hustler” and “The Color of Money.”
“This project has allowed furniture design to expand an already well established reputation,” says Cory Robinson, chairman of the fine arts department and associate professor of furniture design at Herron,
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