The Metamorphosis English snooker table is from Boca do Lobo, a Portuguese design company founded in 2005, and known for its fun-loving furniture and innovative objets d'art. This piece is handcrafted using a combination of woodcarving, foundry and brass-casting techniques.
The ash table, Strachan red cloth and birch veneer framework are supported by eight eye-catching legs. The black turned-wood legs are adorned with the critters – casted brass bugs and gold scorpions – found in Boca do Lobo's Metamorphosis series, and lend a playful air to an otherwise professional piece.
The table provides 10 feet of playing space, and comes with 9mm Ronnie O'Sullivan cues – named after the famed British snooker player – which are widely regarded as the finest of their kind. Additionally, the rails are in black lacquered wood, while the pockets are lined with leather.
The piece also comes equipped with a professional snooker kit made in phenolic resin, which comprises one yellow, one green, one brown, one blue, one pink, one black and 15 red balls, each with a distinct score; plus a wood kit with a triangle for the 52.4-centimetre balls and two fiddles – one 180cm long and the other 120cm.
While the customisation of this piece is more restricted than other Boca do Lobo pieces – "We have dimensions to respect for this to be considered a competition table," say the designers – the colour of the Strachan cloth can be changed from its standard red to green, black, grey or pink.
The Metamorphosis snooker table was unveiled at this year's Milan Furniture Fair and is now available to order for €35,000 per table. Boca do Lobo's Metamorphosis series also includes mirrors, wall lamps, sideboards and dining tables.