“No drinking or smoking over the table.” So reads the killjoy sign at every bar with a billiards table, thus sullying the whole point of the game. Perhaps those spoilsport bar owners could take a cue from Australian design house Elite Innovations, who’ve created X1 “Everest” — a hi-tech, waterproof pool table built with a transparent glass base and glass top.
The playing surface is made of Vitrik, a see-through coating that replicates the rolling resistance of felt, but has a shock-absorbing layer for the glass underneath. Global suede by Warwick covers the bumpers, while LED lights keep the game going well after last call.
eliteinnovations.com.au, price upon request