Design savant Lee Broom layers acid-yellow optical acrylic over white Carrara marble to form an archly glowing sphere diffuser for his sculptural table lamp. Set into the black Marquina marble base, the characteristic veins of the stone take on a new guise when viewed through the tinted acrylic. Out of the ordinary, to be sure, but it's the freewheeling British designer's way of giving this very classic material a playful twist.
- 16.5" h x 15.1" w x 8.3" d (42x38.5x21cm)
- Cord length: 78.7" (200cm)
Nero marquina marble, carrara marble, yellow optical acrylic
“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.