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"Breathtaking" is the only word to describe the Globe Light, Lee Broom's swoon-worthy Carrera marble and hand-blown crystal table lamp from the critically acclaimed Nouveau Rebel collection. The base is carved from a solid block of the fabled stone, for starters. Another top piece of marble, in a feat of singular craftsmanship, is lathed thinly enough to allow the light underneath to shine through. And then a shining crystal dome surrounds the illumination, completing the globe shape. Is it any wonder that onetime theater student Lee has also lit up the London design world with an instinct for drama as well-honed as his marble creations?
“I like the way material can be de rigueur or passé,” says London-based Lee Broom about his fondness for taking traditional materials such as cut crystal or marble and using them in dramatic and often playful ways. With that in mind, UK’s The Guardian says, “Lee Broom is to furniture what Marc Jacobs or Tom Ford are to fashion.” Lee comes by that kind of iconoclasm naturally, having first studied theatre and then switching gears to apprentice with legendary English designer Vivienne Westwood and study fashion at Central St Martins.
Yet his first commissions were for interiors and Lee never looked back, seeing a springboard for his own designs such as the Decanterlight, modeled on vintage crystal and then manufactured with time-honored means. Emerging as a champion of British craftsmanship, his prodigious output of 75-and-counting products and countless interiors in less than 10 years of business recently led to The Queen's Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Taking a label from one of his collections, this nouveau rebel no doubt will continue to shake things up.