Think you've seen it all? The Nouveau Rebel Tube Light, milled out of a piece of solid Carrera marble, is truly unprecedented. London design whiz Lee Broom's fixture is a cylindrical piece of the stone, just over 2 inches thick along its length, with LED bulbs inside and bronze caps on each end. Puckish Lee explains his inspiration: "I liked the idea of taking a florescent tube light that is inherently considered an ugly piece of lighting to then create something that is handcrafted and timeless." And, as the capstone to his Nouveau Rebel collection in marble, the stuff of luxury.
38.25" w x 2.75" dia (97x7cm)
Carrara marble, brushed brass
Bulb: 1 x internal LED strip 30w/long life/2700 k/warm white
“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.