leading Product designer Lee Broom is lighting up the British interiors scene like no other. Domus Life profiles the man of the moment…
With a personal motto of ‘do your own thing’, Lee Broom is a one-man powerhouse, a British-born designer who creates beautiful and mouldbreaking lighting, furniture, interiors and decorative accessories. Winner of multiple awards and with a flagship store in Shoreditch, his products are sold in more than 30 countries worldwide. If ever you were looking for a name to fill Sir Terence Conran’s massively impressive shoes, Broom is definitely one to watch. Broom fell in love with design at a young age, while he was a pupil at theatre school. This early exposure to costume and interiors propelled him on a career path that has covered more than half a dozen different design disciplines. Earning his stripes as a teenager with an internship at legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, he was inspired to study for a fashion degree at Central St Martins. However, his mind was 14
already elsewhere. Changing tack, he spent the next few years honing his talent for interior design and creating inspiring bar and restaurant environments. It’s an area he is still involved in – November 2014 saw the opening of Old Tom & English, an unashamedly decadent cocktail bar in Soho featuring a collection of Broom’s lighting, furniture and interiors, the perfect commercial gallery. Today, Broom is best known as a product designer. He founded his company in 2007 after his inspirational designs began to attract international attention, in particular his lighting, which has won more than 20 awards. Among them are the Elle Decoration British Design Award for Crystal Bulb [a hand-blown, hand-cut, lead crystal version of the everyday light bulb, which has sold more than 10,000 units worldwide], and Designer of the Year 2011/2012 at the British Design Awards.
Now in his late 30s, Broom was a teenager in the late 80s and early 90s when recession-driven Britain was enjoying a new wave of music, fashion and design. Boundaries were broken and institutions smashed, as icons such as Westwood, Boy George and Philippe Starck took centre stage. It was a time of evolution and Broom rode the wave. There is still a certain homage to the 1980s in his work. Broom’s 2011 collection of Salon Lounge Chairs featured superb, sumptuous upholstery accentuated with punk-style stud detailing. His latest collection, Nouveau Rebel, launched at 2014’s London Design Festival, uses his favourite crystal combined with Carrara marble in a series of beautiful, gently luminous lighting pieces. The new Quilt Chair crosses gorgeous fabrics with couturestyle quilting techniques, while the Fulcrum candlesticks invite us to enjoy crystal in its most recognisable form.
Published on Jan 9, 2015
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