Lighting Design – To celebrate his brand’s 15th anniversary, British designer Lee Broom launches a series of six new lighting collections at the Divine Inspiration exhibition in Milan. Taking over a large, imposing gallery in Via Palermo 10 [Map], the designer has created a series of dramatic rooms featuring the new products.
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“When initially designing this collection, I decided to look back at some of the things that inspired me to be a designer in the first place. So I began looking at the Brutalist architecture I grew up with as a child, a period of architecture that I love.” Says Lee Broom. “Delving deeper, my attention became engaged with brutalist places of worship. This led me on a fascinating journey to researching cathedrals, temples, and churches from antiquity to mid-century, to the present day.”
“I wanted to create a lighting collection that invoked that same sense of awe and mysticism as those buildings and their interiors. This is not a religious collection, but a reflection on the impact religious architecture, interiors and artifacts have had on the psyche as well as the history of art and architecture.”
Requiem is an ethereal series of limited-edition pieces sculpted by Broom’s own hand in his London factory. The collection takes inspiration from the marble drapery on ancient statues and sepulchral sculptures. The effect is one of fragile drapery that appears to capture a floating light source. Each piece appears weightless and fluid but is solid in form, made by hand-draping fabrics dipped in plaster through and around illuminated rings, tubes or spheres.
Vesper is inspired by the simple geometric lines of Brutalist sculpture and modernist cathedral lighting. Formed with extruded aluminum, Vesper explores the delicate balance and interconnection of its rectangular cubes seamlessly connected by illuminated spheres.
Pantheon is inspired by the distinctive coffered concrete ceiling of Rome’s ancient temple, The Pantheon, as well as the clean lines and geometry of Brutalist architecture. Cast by hand in Jesmonite, Broom has created a stepped tile-like square that is then sand blasted to give Pantheum its rough sandstone-hewn surface. Each light can be hung on its own or composed in symmetrical clusters to create a ceiling or wall constellation.
Born from exploring the angular forms of Midcentury churches and altars, Altar comes with an elegant, fluted form carved from solid oak and completed with a 1m-long illuminated tube seamlessly nestled in its architectural grooves. Hail references the shards of light and shadow from lancet windows in vast church arches. Presented within the central atrium, a six m-high installation of Hail lights is positioned over a mirror pool, creating infinite reflections.
Chant, inspired by pressed glass bricks often used as an alternative to stained glass in places of worship during the 1970s, is formed of blown cubes with a pronounced circular detail in clear or frosted glass. Constructed in square configurations, the glass cubes connect to form glowing brick-like chandeliers in single or two tiers, presented here in the crypt of the exhibition.
Photos by Luke Hayes, Courtesy of Lee Broom.
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