At London Design Festival, British designer Lee Broom presented a Carrara marble collection of lightings, glassware and accessories that winks at the taste of nouveau riche, takes inspiration by 80’s style and pays homage to marble cultural heritage.
The collection combines Italian Carrara marble and hand-blown lead crystal juxtaposing the old and the new, the tough and the delicate, the heavy and the light weight.
“I named the collection Nouveau Rebel as it is a material favoured by the traditional art world and also the nouveau riche. I like the tipping point between these two worlds, and I wanted to create contemporary products that use the material in new ways whilst referencing 80’s styling and traditional production methods” Says Lee Broom.
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GLOBE: a seemingly solid half-sphere of Carrara marble is topped by a dome of lead crystal. This 40cm diameter table lamp creates a robust presence yet emits a beautiful light from a LED bulb set inside the base. This shines through the thin marble top, illuminating the unique patterns of the stone and casting an upward glow.
Skillfully milled from a single piece of Carrara marble and finished at each end with bands of brushed brass, TUBE contains a strip of LED bulbs resulting in what appears to be a solid length of warm glowing stone. The unique veins of each piece of marble mean no two lights are exactly the same. A handcrafted twist on the traditional fluorescent tubelight.
CHAMBER: housing a sculptural Carrara marble diffuser within a lead crystal vessel, Chamber expresses the unexpected translucent qualities of marble in a compelling decorative pendant.
An addition to the popular crystalware range, ON THE ROCK MARTINI is the perfect vessel for a unique cocktail. On The Rock is also available in Wine and Champagne.
The production process combines modern techniques such as water-jet cutting, acid etching and CNC-controlled milling machines, as well as the traditional lathe and hand-crafting by skilled stone masons and crystal artisans.
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Lee Broom founded his company in 2007 and has since gone on to become one of the UK’s leading product and interior designers. In his career, Broom has launched numerous furniture and lighting collections, designed over 40 retail, restaurant and bar interiors and has won more than 20 awards. Lee Broom won the prestigious British Designer of the Year award for 2012 and won his 4th award in 3 consecutive years in the British Design Awards for his lighting product, Crystal Bulb in 2013.
Photos of Arthur Woodcroft – Courtesy of Lee Broom. www.leebroom.com