Jonathan Schnapp’s, the owner of the new Royal Palms Shuffleboard Club, says he drew inspiration from his childhood memories of playing the game with his grandparents when he embarked on the concept of his new venture in Brooklyn NYC. Located in a large 5000sqm industrial warehouse, designer Gachot Studio were responsible for making a sporting venue once associated with retirees more prevalent. “This started with an idea and nothing else. The challenge was: how do you take a sport that has no brand identity or recognition and make it relevant?” recounts partner Christine Gachot.
We love that the original features of the warehouse have been retained with the injection of a cool swimming pool turquoise used on the playing arena. Light timber floors and a monochromatic colour scheme ties the space together.
Onlookers are treated to a smart cabana style seating area with black and white canopies. Humorous tag lines surround the courts to add to the light hearted ambience.
While this might all look marvellous it’s the flamboyant pink flamingo wallpaper in the powder rooms that brings a real feeling of Florida into the forefront of your mind, paired with simple black and white subway tiles and a palm tree door handle. “There is no mystery when you walk in, it’s very straightforward. You’re here to play shuffleboard”, says Gachot. And there is no denying that it’s shuffling with style!
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