Britain’s Lee Broom designs furniture and interiors. He is particularly famous for his lighting, custom building his own LEDs to create the perfect hue and temperature. With his new Lens Flair pendant, a soft, warm light refracts through the squares of an Art Deco-inspired sphere.
Referencing historical eras is a lesson Broom learned at a very young age, from a very famous mentor. At 18, he entered a country-wide, British fashion competition judged by Vivienne Westwood, whose work often reinterprets the past for contemporary tastes.
After Broom won, Westwood offered him a 10-month internship. “It was an amazing experience,” Broom says. “She taught me to honour the masters of art, architecture and fashion. She took me to Paris. I was only just a teenager, dressing Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell.”
Broom’s plan was to study fashion at Central St. Martens then one day launch his own label. “But living in London is expensive,” he says. So to make extra money he offered decor and styling advice to independent bars and clubs.
“I started by picking upholstery fabrics and mirror frames,” Broom says, “then my commissions got bigger. I started to get accolades and I found myself having a business. I didn’t plan it, but it’s perfect for me.”