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Cheeky British designer Lee Broom goes mind-bogglingly big with the Crystal Bulb Chandelier, a super-sizing of his signature take on the ordinary light bulb. Five individual pendants are suspended at graduated lengths from a satin-white ceiling plate in a masterstroke of luxe luminosity. Like his initial single Crystal Bulb (also at A+R), the lights are handcrafted using traditional techniques, each hand cut with a crystal pattern inspired by those found on vintage whiskey glasses and decanters.
“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.