Ce­les­tial light­ing

Lee Broom’s Ob­ser­va­tory col­lec­tion

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The arm­chair and floor lamp to be shown at Mi­lan, both cov­ered in deep­blue Sun­brella fab­ric, rep­re­sent more per­sonal projects than the work Ange usu­ally un­der­takes as founder and artis­tic di­rec­tor of de­sign agency Bloom Room, whose clients in­clude Louis Vuit­ton, Moët & Chan­don, Jean Paul Gaultier and Paco Ra­banne. Yet the new de­signs up­hold his sig­na­ture style, which has a dream-like qual­ity in­spired by child­hood fan­cies and fears.

Le Roi is dom­i­nated by a gi­ant teddy bear with a dis­carded golden crown and scep­tre, an al­lu­sion to lost child­hood. His leafy Le Refuge lamps re­late to a child­hood mem­ory of shel­ter­ing from the sun – ‘a place where one finds com­fort and peace’ – while Ange’s spi­der­like Araignées chairs are ‘the sym­bol of my fears’. ‘My re­flec­tions are based on the sub­con­scious and in­spired by art, cin­ema, peo­ple and mem­o­ries,’ he adds.

Le Roi is pre­sented in the gar­den space of Wall­pa­per* Hand­made, Me­di­ateca Santa Teresa, Via della Moscova 28, 20121 Mi­lan. bloom­room­stu­dio.com BANG ON THE CUR­RENT TREND for all things plan­e­tary, Lee Broom’s Ob­ser­va­tory light­ing col­lec­tion blends tech­nol­ogy with aes­thet­ics to reimag­ine cos­mic forces. Seven ce­les­tial-body-style lights are launch­ing in Mi­lan – and, un­usu­ally, the de­signs will be avail­able in store and on­line im­me­di­ately, elim­i­nat­ing the usual six-month wait.

The col­lec­tion took an astral turn after Broom vis­ited friends in the Cotswolds a few years ago, and was amazed by the clar­ity of the night sky, away from the light pol­lu­tion of London. ‘Hav­ing grown up in big cities, I rarely saw clear skies with the blan­ket of stars that you find in the coun­try­side. As some­one who cre­ates light, it re­ally res­onated with me.’

The de­signer spent two years ex­per­i­ment­ing with the lat­est LED tech­nol­ogy and de­vel­op­ing cus­tom-de­signed LED bulbs and strips, along with be­spoke cir­cuit boards. ‘Cre­at­ing your own tech­nol­ogy is chal­leng­ing but gen­er­ates pos­si­bil­i­ties; we’re push­ing bound­aries as far as we can,’ he says.

The de­signs take light­ing into new spheres: sev­eral ex­plore ways in which in­ter­sect­ing acrylic and stain­less-steel discs can si­mul­ta­ne­ously re­veal and eclipse il­lu­mi­na­tion. Light-re­fract­ing, spher­i­cal sil­hou­ettes al­ter with the view­ing an­gle – ‘like a lu­nar eclipse’, says Broom – while con­cealed LED bulbs cre­ate a dif­fused, halo-like ef­fect.

The col­lec­tion in­cludes the Tidal ta­ble lamp in pol­ished chrome and opaque acrylic, the Aurora chan­de­lier, which can be scaled from 40cm to a dra­matic 1.5m di­am­e­ter, and Orion, an el­e­gant mo­du­lar light with opaque acrylic and pol­ished-metal el­e­ments, which can be cus­tomised to cre­ate your own con­stel­la­tion of re­flected and re­fracted light. A star turn in­deed.

Lee Broom is show­ing at Via Lo­vanio 6, 20121 Mi­lan. lee­b­room.com

Pre­vi­ous page Marc Ange with Sun­brella, Les Araignées chairs. Be­low Le Refuge floor lamp and the gi­ant teddy bear from the Le Roi in­stal­la­tion, both by Ange. Right Lee Broom with the Orion and Eclipse pieces from his Ob­ser­va­tory light­ing col­lec­tion

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