What’s all the hoo-ha about interior designer Lee Broom? You may well ask. Five years ago he was a newbie, an upstart even, with a background in fashion and (gasp) acting. His first decorative lamp and furniture collection was promising, yet in record time he spiralled up the giddy heights of the design world. Today he is among the most respected British talents.
How has he done it? Well, firstly with considerable charm (he’s a personable, ego-free individual who likes to talk to his public and entertains at his east London studio with Design-Week parties). He also creates bars and restaurants that combine glamour and meticulous attention to detail; is committed to quality UK manufacturing; and comes up with ideas that successfully mix the romantic and robust.
His cut-glass DecanterLights – hanging lamps fashioned from vintage decanters – have been feted as one of the best home-grown designs of 2012, and his newest collection launches exclusively at Liberty on Wednesday November 14. The limited-edition drinking-glass range is made using “leftovers” from the DecanterLight project – namely the stoppers from all the decanters he has stockpiled over the years, which were gathering dust in a warehouse.
Wittily called Half Cut – not least because the stoppers are polished, cut and then fused onto hand-blown, lead-crystal vessels shaped for martini, wine and champagne glasses (£120 each) – the result is a collection that “interprets an everyday object while infusing it with a sense of heritage and craftsmanship”.
Chin chin to that.