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American Pool "CHAAC" with covering by Hillsideout for Hermelin Billiards Milan

"Chaac" is a multi-functional American Pool table designed by Hillsideout and produced in collaboration with Hermelin Billiards Milan. A double-faced boiserie-separé made of handcrafted wood, plexiglass and photographical images covers the billiard table entirely so that it can also be used as a table for aperitif use. The billiard table comes with a cue stand which functions as well as a tea table.

 

 

When the American Pool is in use the covering-separé becomes an artistic boiserie-separé which you can put in front of a wall or in the middle of a room. The American Pool table can also be partially covered, thereby serving as both a table and a boiserie-separé. The materials we used, like handcrafted wood and photographical images printed on transparent thin film ensure a piece able to adapt to the light and it's surroundings.

 

 

Whilst the American Pool table with its wooden form reminds of Mayan temples, the separé features a mask inspired by the Maya's rain divinity Chaac for whom the Pre-Columbian people sacrificed the winning players of the pelote game. We found visual and philosophical associations between pelote and the billiards game and therefore combined the two worlds also through images in the openings of the separé. Historical images taken in the former factories of Hermelin Billiards Milan are mixed with Pre-Columbian vegetation and universal symbols like holes, snakes, numbers, water and heaven. The importance of "game", its social meaning as well as the meaning of sacrifice can be found in each angle of the piece.

 

Definitely a very narrative and anthropological piece.

 

 

 

American Pool table “Chaac” with covering-separé, black cloth and 6 legs coloured in green-blue resin

special production by Hermelin Billiards Milan

 

Used materials: wood, slate, handcrafted wood of walnut, chestnut, alder, cherry and Lebanon cedar wood, coloured resin, plexiglass, spying mirrors, mirrors, lambda prints, screws of brass and magnets

 

Accessories:
cue stand in form of a tea-table made of handcrafted wood, an old cue coming from the factory Hermelin with pool triangle for balls;
+ 4 American Pool cues, set of American Pool balls, chalk 12 piece box, pool table brush, waterproof pool table cover to put under the covering-separé when used as a table

 

Dimensions:

cmL 300 x D 165 as an American Pool table with cm 254 x 127 (9 feet) field game

cm L 330 x D 200 x H 86 as a table with the covering-separé on top

cm L 70 x D 61 x H 97 tea-table cue stand

 

Weight: about 650 kg | Edition: unique

 

Also available as “English Snooker” or “Russian Pyramid” with cm 360 x 180 field game (12 feet) and 8 legs.

 

 

AMERICAN POOL "MEXICO" by Hillsideout for Hermelin Billiards Milan

The "Mexico" pool table, a collaboration between Hillsideout and Hermelin Billiards Milan - leader in the industry since 1825 - was built upon the concept of an elegant, light, contemporary and handmade design.

 

The 6 wooden legs were covered with colored resin using a brush and the wood used for the external structure is protected with natural oil and wax only. The 6 lenses on the edges enlarge images taken in todays Hermelin factory. There are mirrored boxes on each side which function as shelves for putting small objects, such as chalk, inside.

 

 

The "Mexico" pool table's form and colour are reminiscent of a reverted pyramid revealing a subtle connection to the ancient Mesoamerican ball game practiced by the pre-Columbian peoples. The pre-Columbian ballcourts are one of the many examples in history, which celebrate a game linked to holes and balls. A picture regarding to this can be found in the tea-table: the accessory made of wood and old cues which functions as a cue stand.

 

Photo: Tatiana Uzlova

 

 

American Pool table “Mexico” with black cloth and 6 legs coloured in green-blue resin

special production by Hermelin Billiards Milan

 

Used materials: wood, slate, black cloth, plastic baskets and holes covered in black leather, metal ware, 6 wooden legs covered with resin in colour green-blue, external structure made of nut, chestnut and alder wood, mirrors and lenses with lambda prints

 

Accessories:
cue stand in form of a tea-table made of handcrafted wood, lens, lambda print and old cues with pool triangle for balls;
+ 4 American Pool cues, set of American Pool balls, chalk 12 piece box, pool table brush, green pool table cover

 

Dimensions: cm 300 x 165 with cm 254 x 127 (9 feet) field game | Weight: about 500 kg | Edition: unique

 

Also available as “English Snooker” or “Russian Pyramid” with cm 360 x 180 field game (12 feet) and 8 legs.

Colour choice on request. Each edition has a different colour of cloth and legs.

 

 

Photo: Tatiana Uzlova