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Brunswick Billiards’ Manhattan Featured in Billiards Digest “Best New Billiards Rooms” Design Awards

2010 Architecture & Design Awards: Best New Home Rooms
#1 Ed & Diane Watson, Miami, Florida

For the second time in less than a decade, Ed and Diane Watson’s home billiards room has distinguished itself as a first-rate creation.

In 2001, the billiards room at the couple’s Phoenix home, a western-themed space packed with prized antiques, captured top honors, described as “a pristine recreation room that is intricately fashioned to express the romance of the great West at the turn of the century.” In outfitting their condo on Miami’s South Beach, however, the Watsons ditched the heavy wood and antiques of Phoenix’s “Wild West” room in favor of a contemporary, clean-lined look more befitting the posh South Beach environment.

“The Miami space is virtually the exact opposite of Phoenix,” Ed Watson says.

With floor-to-ceiling glass windows overlooking South Beach and the Miami skyline, the Watsons selected Brunswick’s Manhattan table as the 25-by-30-foot room’s centerpiece, the table’s black-and-stainless steel finish exemplifying the sleek, cool style the couple envisioned.

“The table sets the whole room off,” Watson says, pleased he bypassed his initial plans to include a restored antique table. “The Manhattan table was our starting point and it inspired the rest of the room’s design.”

To further the room’s contemporary, trendy look, the Watsons utilized a black, white, and gray color scheme to complement the room’s existing marble floor, a classy white tile carrying diamond-shaped black cutouts. Toss in a Sopranos’ pinball machine broadcasting authentic character voices, sleek black-and-stainless steel viewing chairs secured from a restaurant supply company, and an assortment of triple-matted posters featuring the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Frank Sinatra as well as his Rat Pack cohorts, and the Watsons’ room equals the stylish, contemporary vibe of its South Beach locale.

“This is a room that’s easy to spend a lot of time in, because it’s as user-friendly as it is party-friendly,” Watson says.

Smith, Daniel P. “2010 Architecture & Design Awards: Best New Home Rooms. #1 Ed & Diane Watson, Miami, FloridaBilliards Digest, November 2010: 48.

Billiards Digest cover: November 2010