LEE BROOM

The Globe and Mail Metro (Ontario Edition) - - PURSUITS -

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.”

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