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From Lee Broom's critically acclaimed Observatory Collection, the Orion stands alone or as a constellation of light, created every which way with these spare modular tube lights. This option is a brass tube spearing an opaque glass sphere (also available as an acrylic tube spearing a brass sphere). Both Orions can also be suspended from both ends to create a horizontal effect, or left to dangle as a singular line. In the sky, 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.