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Pairing a sculptural Carrara marble diffuser with a surrounding lead crystal vessel, the Chamber Light redefines the very notion of translucence. With the Nouveau Rebel Collection, London design sensation Lee Broom’s fascination with marble is rooted in both its opulent regard since antiquity and more recent status as a signifier of wealth. And that duality resounds in its very name, says Lee: “It’s rebelling against the nouveau aesthetic of marble by doing something new but with a tiny bit of inspiration of nouveau riche, particularly with the 1980s styling which I like.” Yet, with its subtle luminosity and focused down light, the Chamber Light resists comparisons to anything that has gone before. In 2 sizes and equally striking on its own or hung in sumptuous groupings.
“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.