Lighting designer Lee Broom illuminates the world with unforgettable flair.
While British lighting designer Lee Broom was presented with the Queen’s Award for Enterprise—the U.K.’s highest accolade for business success—by Queen Elizabeth in 2015, it’s unlikely that his dramatic, modern fixtures hung in conservative, traditional Buckingham Palace. But the Duke and Duchess of Sussex are a different story.
“Meghan Markle had several of my products in her Toronto home,” says Broom. They most definitely made it to her new, royal abode.
Broom’s light fixtures are heralded for their contemporary form. “Though, even the most modern forms have a classical edge to them,” says Broom. “I look to fashion, art and architecture of the past for inspiration. Part of the reason my products are successful is [that] you can often see something familiar in them—an art deco influence, for example, that spurs an immediate connection.”
Broom took a rather circuitous route to where he is today—that is, designing, manufacturing and retailing his signature collections all over the world. A child actor at 17, he entered a fashion design contest on a whim and ended up winning the grand prize. One of the judges was legendary fashionista Vivienne Westwood, who gave Broom an internship. While studying fashion at university, Broom would call upon restaurants, offering decor advice for extra cash. Soon he was making curtains, mirrors and frames. Upon graduation, he was offered a plum project setting the scheme of a London establishment, and his fascination with fashion faded.
Broom launched his first furniture and lighting collection in 2007. This year, he’s debuting his 10th: Observatory, inspired by the solar system. “It feels celestial in a simplistic way,” says Broom. “There are a lot of spherical shapes and clever ways of using light with reflection and telescopic diffusers.” Casa Design Living, 460 Harrison Ave., casadesigngroup.com; leebroom.com