Crystal Bulb Shop Lee Broom completely transformed his East London studio during the London Design Festival 2013. For the third year, in what is becoming a studio tradition, the space is unrecognisable from the year before for this unique event. The must-see destination becomes the Crystal Bulb Shop, a general store complete with sawdust floor, mahogany counter and a shopkeeper. It also marks the first time the Crystal Bulb will be shown in the UK. Another manifestation of Lee’s award-winning interior design talent, the Crystal Bulb Shop is a contemporary take on an old shop with a surreal twist. Old fittings are juxtaposed against panels reflecting over 200 Crystal Bulbs. Following the hugely successful launch of The Crystal Bulb at Lee Broom’s first, Milan solo exhibition Public House at the Salone del Mobile in April, it is set to become one of the designer’s most iconic products.
The Flower Shop To celebrate the launch of Lee Broom’s first collection of vases during The London Design Festival 2015, for one week only his flagship store was transformed in to ‘The Flower Shop’. The ‘Podium’ vases took centre stage in an immersive floral display throughout the store which was completely re-designed for the event. Following the success of his award winning Milan show ‘The Department Store’, Lee Broom also presented his new 25 piece collection for the first time in London. Furniture, lighting and accessories were presented in glass display cases and on marble plinths surrounded by a sweeping display of over 4000 fresh flowers inspired by Broom’s collections. In the basement of The Flower Shop was The Flower Shop Kitchen where acclaimed food writer Pip McCormac created edible floral treats from his book ‘The Herb & Flower Cookbook’ during the week.
Lee Broom New York Store Lee Broom has unveiled his first store in New York to coincide with the launch of ICFF 2016. Named ‘BROOM OFF BROOME’ for its location off Broome Street in Soho, the store opened its doors on May 12th. The store interior combines elements of re-imagined British Georgian architecture juxtaposed with a raw New York Industrial aesthetic to create a postmodernist theatre in which Broom has presented his products. Broom’s first own branded store in North America and his second dedicated retail store worldwide, the 2,000 sq ft store showcases over 50 of Lee Broom’s now iconic designs across furniture, accessories and lighting with all lighting UL listed for the US market. Signature pieces such as the Crescent Light, Hanging Hoop Chair, Drunken Side Table, the award-winning Crystal Bulb and the new Optical lighting collection -which launched at Milan Design Week 2016 – are available to buy alongside the new Mini Crescent collection – a new design exclusive to the US market launched to celebrate the landmark store opening. Located on Greene Street, just off Broome Street in Soho the store is open for one month until June 10th 2016.
The Department Store For Milan Design Week 2015 Lee Broom took over a street of disused shops on Via Alfredo Cappellini to create ‘The Department Store’, his largest exhibition to date with the launch of twenty-five new products. Encompassing furniture, lighting and accessories, the show featured new materials and new interpretations of those used in previous collections. Each piece incorporated traditional manufacturing techniques in innovative ways to produce this highly original body of work, all of which was presented in a dramatic series of interconnected department store-inspired vignettes. Lee Broom’s trademark theatrical style of presenting his collections was elevated for this show, striking the balance between formality and fun with modernism and nostalgia.
Kaleidoscopia – London Design Festival 2019 For London Design Festival 2019, Lee Broom unveiled a mesmerising new lighting installation, KALEIDOSCOPIA, which used lights and large-scale mirrors to form an infinitely shifting optical illusion. KALEIDOSCOPIA offered a sense of intrigue and escapism inspired by kaleidoscopic reflections. An intimate exhibition with maximum impact, KALEIDOSCOPIA was created with only mirrors and 17 of Lee Broom’s acclaimed Orion lights, and yet the multiple reflections gave the appearance of a large, ethereal chandelier formed from over 200 lights. Orion Tube and Orion Globe lights are hung both horizontally and vertically to showcase the versatility of this product, which is designed to allow the end user to create bespoke constellations of light with infinite adaptations.
Observatory – London Design Festival 2018 Lee Broom transforms his London showroom to present the third and final instalment of his award-winning lighting collection, OBSERVATORY. A new colourway of the popular Orion light debuts for the first time in Gunmetal Black. Collections that were launched earlier in the year at Salone del Mobile in April and New York Design Week in May are also shown, including Eclipse, Orion in it’s original Polished Gold finish, Aurora Chandelier, Tidal Table Lamp and Lens Flair.
Lee Broom is one of the UK’s leading product designers and a premium global design brand. With his highly original brand of luxury furniture and lighting designs, his work is recognised and retailed across the globe. Since founding the company in 2007, he has created over 100 furniture, accessory and lighting pieces, all of which are designed, manufactured and retailed under the Lee Broom brand. He has also collaborated with many other leading global brands including Christian Louboutin, Mulberry, Bergdorf Goodman and Wedgwood. Lee Broom’s designs can be seen in hotels, restaurants and homes across the world as well as on magazine covers and in newspapers internationally. His designs are both unique yet familiar as he takes classic styles and reinterprets them in new and contemporary ways with an unexpected edge.Taking inspiration from his background in fashion design, he strives to embrace and explore new themes while keeping an overarching house style. Using the highest quality materials, combined with the latest technology, Lee Broom constantly evolves and innovates, resulting in his signature mix of classicism and modernity.
Having started out in theatre school, a beginning which has greatly influenced the sense of drama and narrative that his collections create, his career took a change of direction after he won a fashion design competition at the age of 17. This led him to meet and then go onto work for the legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, after which he studied for a degree in fashion design at Central St Martins. Fashion is still a great source of inspiration and The Guardian commented, “Lee Broom is to furniture what Marc Jacobs or Tom Ford are to fashion.”
Lee Broom has won over 30 awards to date including the prestigious British Designer of the Year Award and The Queen’s Award for Enterprise presented by Her Majesty The Queen at Buckingham Palace. Presenting his collections each year in Milan, New York and London Design Weeks, he has gained a reputation for creating conceptual dynamic installations which are surreal, experiential and always unexpected. Making design a successful global business Lee Broom’s products are retailed in over 250 stores in 50 countries around the world alongside his own flagship showrooms in London and New York.
Lee Broom has been described by The Financial Times as “Among the most respected British Talents”.