July 29 2011
Lucia van der Post
Lee Broom, one of a new breed of quirky young designers, is creating waves, and if you haven’t yet explored his work, it’s time you did. He has most recently been in the news for devising an updated version of a modern gentleman’s club for the personal shopping suite at Topman, but he’s endlessly inventive, always coming up with something that causes one to stop, smile – and think.
The Shop at Bluebird, that King’s Road emporium with an intuitive nose for what’s new and interesting, is a fan and recently ran a pop-up shop within its store which showed his work (first picture). His range of lights, the Decanter Lamp (from £595 in crystal or white with bases from – yes – decanters), the Decanter Light (from £300 in crystal or gold) and OLO (One Light Only, in gold or white from £350) are all still available there.
While he made his name by making creatively exciting interiors (London’s Nylon bar and Lost Society bar, to name just two), he also has several ranges of furniture and lighting to his credit – perhaps the most notable being his eye-catching chairs, consoles and mirrors edged in neon lighting. His latest collection, a series of parquetry-inspired furniture for the British company Deadgood, was recently shown at Clerkenwell Design Week. He uses satin-finished walnut veneer with brass trim to create a sideboard, coffee table, lamp and a side table. The wood is pale, the finished look distinctively retro, with hints of art deco. Prices range from £1,825 for the lamp to £8,330 for the sideboard.
The pieces showcase Lee Broom’s love of taking our architectural and design heritage, deconstructing it and reworking it. The six-piece Architrave collection he did for Heal’s (second picture) was inspired by the cornicing, mouldings, panelling and architraves of Regency architecture (it’s still for sale, from £250). For Deadgood, he focused on the parquet of the 1930s with its high shine and herringbone patterns.
If you like his work, watch out for his next project (called Salon), exploring upholstery, which will be shown at the London Design Festival in September. In the meantime, you can check his work on his own website and his stockists include Heal’s, Liberty and Chaplins, while the Deadgood range is available only from Deadgood.