THE 2019 INTERNATIONAL

BILLIARD DESIGN COMPETITION

SUBMIT YOUR BILLIARD TABLE DESIGN BY NOVEMBER 25, 2019.

All trade, design students and public at large are welcome to participate

Winner will be announced DECember 12, 2019 and will receive a cash prize of $5,000 and a manufactured billiard table of the winning design.

Billiards By Brandt aims to redefine the standards of creativity in both the art and architecture used when producing recreational tables, as well as inspire artists to incorporate sustainable materials in order to save our natural resources.

Meet The Jury

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Shelly Abramowitz

Luxury Real Estate 
Past Principal Society Billiards 
Miami, Fl

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Natacha Alexandre

VP, City National Bank
Haitian-American Chamber of Commerce
Miami, Fl

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Rob Brostoski

Owner, Golden West Billiards
Portland, OR

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Linda Hein

Sr. VP, Parker International 
Miami, Fl

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Joe Ireland

Principal, J.D. Ireland Interior Washington, DC

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Paul Kabacinski

Executive Team Manager, Brooklyn Boulders
Denver, CO

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Ashley Langer

VP, JKL Design
Sarasota, Fl

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Philip Parkinson

Founder, Philip Martyn Design
UK

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Ashley Squires

Studio Manager for Hospitality IDDI 
Ft Lauderdale, Fl

Artists and collectors will also review and give feedback on entries.

Selection Criteria

Relevance – Does the entry align with the theme and goals of the competition?

Originality – Does the billiard table design exhibit original design, creativity, and imagination?

Aesthetic Quality – Does the submission command attention? Does it display visual balance and make creative/ sustainable use of materials? Do all the elements work together to create a unified and functional design?

Rules

All submitted work must be the original work of the entrant and must not include, be based on, or derived from any existing or third-party designs, trademarks or copyrighted images.

All entries will become the property of Billiards By Brandt. By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees that any and all intellectual property rights in the billiard table design are deemed assigned to Billiards By Brandt.

Except where prohibited by law, an entry submission into this contest constitutes permission to use winner’s name, likeness, prize information, and information provided on the entry form for publicity purposes, without further permission or compensation.

Billiards By Brandt reserves the right to modify the winning Billiard Table to better fit the needs of the initiative.

The decisions of the Jury will be final.

The Jury reserves the right not to select a winner, if in its sole discretion, no suitable entries are received.

How To Enter

Complete the Official Competition Registration found HERE.

Provide a rendering sketch, and elevation of billiard table design in .jpeg or PDF. (If you are chosen as winner, you MUST be able to provide a high resolution vector file.)

Provide a list of materials used if materials are unusual. (Outside the use of wood, stone, common metals, glass, etc.) Consideration will be given for sustainable, and/or naturally sourced materials.

Meet the table specifications set out by the Billiard Congress of America (BCA).

Submit your Pool Table Design by November 25, 2019.

FAQs:

No entries can be registered after November 25, 2019.

No, we do not accept entries via e-mail. All entries must be registered using our online competition system.

Once we have received your entry, you will receive a confirmation e-mail. 

If you need to change anything about your entry, please contact us at dan@billiardsbybrandt.com and include your entry confirmation e-mail.

Yes, but all work in a series must be part of the same campaign. When works are submitted as a series they are judged together as a group. 

If your work is selected as the winner, you MUST be able to provide a high resolution vector file.

Each juror views the entries independently. Entries are selected by checking an “in” or “out” column on prepared scoring sheets. After the judges make their selections, their votes are tallied. A simple majority is usually required for a finalist to be selected a winner.

The winning entry will be announced on this website (BilliardsByBrandt.com) and to the media on December 12, 2019.

BCA EQUIPMENT SPECIFICATIONS:

These specifications are meant for recreation (non-professional) equipment. 

TABLE SIZES: 3 ½’ x 7’, 4’ x 8’, and 4 ½’ x 9’ with the play area measuring twice as long as it is wide (± 1/8”) from the cloth covered nose of the cushion rubber to the opposite cushion rubber. 4 ½’ x 9’ tables with a Play Area of 50” x 100” is the recognized size for professional tournament play. 

TABLE BED HEIGHT: The table bed playing surface, when measured from the bottom of the table leg, will be 29 ¼” minimum to 31” maximum. 

POCKET OPENINGS & MEASUREMENTS (cloth-covered rails): Pockets openings are measured from tip to tip of the opposing cushion noses where direction changes into the pocket. This is called the mouth. 

Corner Pocket: Mouth 4 7/8” minimum to 5 1/8” maximum 

Side Pocket: Mouth 5 3/8” minimum to 5 5/8” maximum 

The angle at the corner pocket entrance on each side of the pocket is 142º (± 1º). 

The angle at the side pocket entrance on each side of the pocket is 103º (± 2º). 

Vertical Pocket Angle: 12º minimum to 15º maximum 

Shelf: The shelf is measured from the center of the imaginary line that goes from one side of the mouth to the other where the nose of the cushion changes direction to the center of the vertical cut of the slate pocket radius. 

Corner Pocket: 1 5/8” minimum to 1 7/8” maximum 

Side Pocket: 0” minimum to 3/8” maximum 

Drop Point Slate Radius: The pocket radius measured from the vertical cut of the slate to the playing surface. 

Drop Point Slate Radius: 1/8” radius minimum to ¼” radius minimum 

PLAYING BED: The playing surface must be capable, either by its own strength or a combination of its strength and that of the table base frame, of maintaining an overall flatness within ± .020” lengthwise and ± .010” across the width. Further, this surface should have an additional deflection not to exceed .030” when loaded with a concentrated static force of 200 pounds at its center. All slate joints must be in the same plane within .005” after leveling and shimming. The bed must be covered with a billiard fabric, the major portion of which is made of wool, with proper tension to avoid unwanted ball roll-off. It is recommended that professional tournament size tables have a three-piece set of slate with a minimum thickness of 1” and a wooden frame of at least ¾” attached to the slate. BCA will sanction tournament play on home and coin-operated tables with one-piece slate providing the Play Area requirements are met. All playing surfaces must be solidly secured to base frame with screws or bolts. 

CUSHION: Cushions should react so that they conform under controlled conditions to the three cushion angles prescribed in the “diamond” (or site) system shown below to ± 1 ball width. The speed of the table cushions should be such that placement of a ball on the head spot, shooting through the foot spot, using center ball english, with a level cue and firm stroke, the ball must travel a minimum of 4 to 4 ½ lengths of the table without jumping.