The Aesthete: Lee Broom talks personal taste

The designer founded his eponymous London-based lighting and furniture label in 2007 and recently opened a second store in New York

Lee Broom at home in London
Lee Broom at home in London

My personal style signifiers are a Givenchy Seventeen watch and a bomber jacket. Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci’s lucky number is 17; the watch is classic but modern and I change the strap regularly. Even if I am dressing up I always like to embrace some sort of street style and I rarely wear suits, so a bomber jacket for me is a wardrobe staple. I recently purchased a Tim Coppens satin bomber and that is my go-to item at the moment. £1,070; www.givenchy.com. From €560; www.timcoppens.com.

Broom’s Givenchy Seventeen watch, £1,070
Broom’s Givenchy Seventeen watch, £1,070

The last meal that truly impressed me was the tasting menu at Providence in LA. From start to finish, nothing disappointed. It was mostly Japanese-inspired seafood, though the last dish before dessert was wagyu beef – four slices with jus; delicious. It was quite a stark interior, and all the waiters were dressed like businessmen – it’s as if they had walked straight off Wall Street – and there were dozens of them. The service was incredible. 5955 Melrose Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90038 (+1323-460 4170; www.providencela.com).

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An object I would never part with is my Montblanc Meisterstück ballpoint pen. Every product I design starts with a sketch, so it’s an incredibly important tool for me. It has a very intricate geometric pattern etched into it and I would be lost without it. From £445; www.montblanc.com.

Broom’s Byredo Mojave Ghost fragrance, £90 for 50ml
Broom’s Byredo Mojave Ghost fragrance, £90 for 50ml

An unforgettable place I’ve travelled to in the past year is Shelter Island. It’s a little more laid-back than the rest of The Hamptons, and a lot quieter. I stayed at The Chequit, which used to be very famous, then fell out of fashion; it was refurbished last year. André Balazs’ hotel Sunset Beach is a great place for a glass of wine while you watch the sun go down; it’s boho, relaxed and quite European in feel. The Chequit, 23 Grand Ave, ShelterIsland Heights, NY 11965 (+1631-749 0018; www.thechequit.com). Sunset Beach, 35 Shore Rd, Shelter Island Heights, NY 11965 (+1631-749 2001; www.sunsetbeachli.com).

Broom’s Montblanc Meisterstück ballpoint pen, from £445
Broom’s Montblanc Meisterstück ballpoint pen, from £445

And the best souvenir I’ve brought home is an original leather jacket that belonged to the artist Keith Haring and that he painted on. He only did a few of them, one of which he gave to Madonna. I bought it from I Brewster Gallery in Philadelphia. They had several Haring artworks, but the jacket felt like the most personal piece. 210 North 21st St, Philadelphia, PA 19103 (+1267-687 8378; www.greatdaneauctions.com).

Broom’s leather jacket painted by Keith Haring
Broom’s leather jacket painted by Keith Haring

A recent “find” isPark Chinois restaurant in Mayfair. It has an opulent interior that takes you back to another era and I love the house speciality: Peking duck. It also has the most ostentatious toilets I have ever seen in my life. 17 Berkeley St, London W1 (020-3327 8888; www.parkchinois.com).

Providence restaurant in Los Angeles
Providence restaurant in Los Angeles

In my fridge you’ll always find lots of bottled water and some champagne – usually Bollinger or Pol Roger; you should always have least one bottle of champagne in the fridge. Also, Dragon’s Blood eye masks for when you’ve drunk too much; they really work. www.champagne-bollinger.com. Dragon’s Blood Eye Masks,£39; www.rodial.co.uk. www.pol-roger.com.

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My favourite room in my house is the atrium. I live in a converted fire station and the atrium is the central room that all the others lead from. It’s not used as a living room, it’s more of an entertaining space, and I change it regularly. Whenever I have new pieces or prototypes, they will often be brought into this space for me to try out, so it’s always evolving.

The grooming staple I’m never without is Byredo’s Mojave Ghost fragrance. It has lovely floral tones but is also spicy. I have a lot of Byredo scents and love the understated packaging; they get everything just right. The fragrances stay on my skin, and I find most others don’t. £90 for 50ml EDP; www.byredo.co.uk.

My favourite app is TurboScan. It turns your iPhone into a scanner. It’s brilliant for turning my sketches and notes into JPEGs, and allows me the freedom to work anywhere and still be able to send designs to the studio. www.apple.com/itunes.

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