Brunswick Billiards has selected Herron School of Art and Design graduate Colin Tury’s design for the sixth iteration of its iconic Gold Crown pool table, the company has announced.
But don’t look now for detailed images of Tury’s gorgeous and sleek redesign of the pool table. That’s hush-hush until the official unveiling of the new Gold Crown, slated for the fourth quarter of 2015.
In a partnership between Brunswick and Herron’s Basile Center for Art, Design and Public Life, Herron furniture design students participated in a pool table design challenge that took place in the spring and early summer.
Tury was among three student finalists who went “above and beyond the call of duty” with their designs, said Brent Hutton, Brunswick’s president. “We couldn’t be happier with the outcome.”
Tury graduated from Herron School of Art and Design in May with a Master of Fine Arts degree in furniture design.
Brunswick had “three good days of discussion with internal and external people” about which of the final designs to choose, Hutton said. “It weighed on a lot of people’s minds that we could get this version to market sooner,” he added.
Cory Robinson, chair of the fine arts department and associate professor of furniture design, said the students and faculty alike enjoyed the design project.
Brunswick was so pleased with the experience that it increased the prize money for the second- and third-place designs from $500 to $1,000. Those prizes go to Sam Ladwig, Master of Fine Arts in furniture design Class of 2014, and Shelley Spicuzza, a second-year graduate student. In fact, Brunswick is planning to work with Ladwig and Spicuzza to bring their respective takes on the table to fruition in the future.
Tury, in addition to bragging rights, has earned a $2,500 prize for his winning design.
“When I found out I won, I was beyond excited,” he said. “It took a while to sink in, but the realities of this competition are amazing. The prize money is exciting, but the opportunity to refresh an icon for a well-known manufacturer and then have my name on it is just unbelievable. I could not ask for a better portfolio piece.”
Brunswick intends to include Tury’s name along with Herron’s in its branding of the new Gold Crown.