If traditional rectangular pool tables seem a little bit, well, square, Cléon Daniel could have the answer. The artisan carpenter, who was nominated for the 2013 Columbia Threadneedle Prize for figurative art, can make one in virtually any shape – no matter how potty.
His pool table portfolio already includes bananas and doughnuts – the latter complete with central hole, pink cloth, yellow and pink balls to emulate sprinkles, and suitably uneven edges, just like a real doughnut. The banana, meanwhile, has a 100 per cent pure wool yellow cloth, and a set of brown balls to match its ripe brown edge.
Thirty-year-old Daniel has also drawn up plans for tables in the shape of beer bottles, guitars, Coca-Cola bottles and even countries, says Simon Purkis of luxury games firm Purling London, which sells these and other bespoke gaming sets.
Each table takes Daniel up to 10 weeks to handmake in his Wiltshire workshop, using ash wood for the frames and top-quality baize from the Hainsworth fabric mill in Yorkshire, while the balls are competition-standard Aramiths made by Saluc of Belgium, and the pocket plates are solid brass with leather surrounds.
Prices vary according to the complexity of design, but both the banana and doughnut tables are listed by Purling at $15,000 apiece. There is currently a three-month lead time on orders.