With his sybarite sensibility, designer Lee Broom explores what happens in the shadows in a hand-crafted sideboard that offers an intriguing optical illusion. Topped by a magnificent solid expanse of brushed brass, the cabinet displays alternating triangulated facets that extend vertically down the front—one side in American walnut and the other in brushed brass or black inlay. From one angle Shadow appears to be all wood and from the other all brass, a marvelous effect that also cleverly disguises the piece's generous inside storage.
23.6" h x 63" w x 19.3" d (60x160x49cm)
American walnut, brushed brass inlay
“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.