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In contrast to the Orion Globe Light with its brass tube and opal glass sphere, this Orion Tube comprises of a lighted acrylic tube spearing a brass sphere. Either way, the effect is stunning as a stand alone pendant or combined in a constellation of light. These spare modular lights, which can also be suspended from both ends to create a horizontal effect, hail from from Lee Broom's critically acclaimed Observatory Collection. Orion represents a hunter holding a club and shield, a marker of the celestial equator. With this minimalist of lights in his collection, British design star Lee Broom draws on that intermingling of lore and science to create something equally out of this world.
“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.