New Lee Broom: Divine Inspiration
Lee Broom : Divine Inspiration
Divine Inspiration is a series of six ethereal lighting collections designed by Lee Broom and inspired by places of worship.
The collection began with his research into the world of Brutalist architecture. This led him to explore places of worship throughout the ages and the monumental design language associated with religious architecture, interiors, and artefacts. With a leaning towards the pared back silhouettes of Modernism and the Brutalist architecture that surrounded him as he grew up, Lee Broom considered how light is often linked to hallowed places, evoking a sense of stillness, reverence, and contemplation.
Exploring New Materials
Lee Broom is known for pushing the boundaries of how materials can be used and for examining the intersection between architecture, art and design. The 30 new products that make up Diving Inspiration are available in multiple configurations, finishes, and unexplored materials. These include Jesmonite, extruded aluminium, carved oak, blown glass, and a limited-edition collection in plaster which has been handcrafted by the designer himself.
The collections are available at LightForm and will start shipping in September, 2022.
Lee Broom’s new Vesper suspension lights in silver.
Vesper is inspired by the simple geometric lines of Brutalist sculpture and modernist cathedral lighting. Formed with extruded aluminium and available in anodized gold or silver, Vesper explores the delicate balance and interconnection of its rectangular cubes that are seamlessly connected by illuminated spheres. The light sculpture, which is suspended by cables, is shown above in both Duo and Quattro versions in anodized brushed silver and brushed gold. Vesper would make a stunning installation in a hotel lobby or high ceilinged living rooms.
Lee Broom’s new Vesper suspension lights in gold.
The new Hail pendant from Lee Broom, shown here in a cluster.
Hail is inspired by the shards of light and shadow often experienced from lancet windows in vast church arches. Available in three standard sizes in a gold or silver brushed finish, Hail has an elongated fluted form fabricated in aluminium with asymmetrically positioned reeded glass light bulbs placed along its structure. The lights can also be connected to create unique customisable configurations. Create a vertically cascading installation to add drama to a staircase or hang a single fixture as an exclamation point down a hallway.
Chant Chandelier: new from Lee Broom.
Inspired by the pressed glass bricks often used as an alternative to stained glass in places of worship during the 1970s, Chant is formed of blown glass cubes with a pronounced circular detail in either clear or frosted glass. Constructed in square configurations, the glass cubes connect to form glowing brick-like chandeliers in single or two tiers. Use Chant as an elegant chandelier above a dining table or throughout a hotel room for stylistic consistency.
Altar suspension lights represent Lee Broom’s first light made from wood: it’s carved from solid oak.
Altar is an ode to Broom’s exploration into the angular forms of Midcentury churches and altars, which often looked to warmer natural materials for fonts and pews. Altar’s elegant, fluted form is carved from solid oak and completed with an illuminated tube seamlessly nestled in its architectural grooves. The light is available in two sizes and can be suspended from a cable or surface mounted to the ceiling.
Pantheum is Lee Broom’s first time using Jesmonite, and can be installed in large groupings for added drama.
Pantheum is inspired by the distinctive 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, its silhouette is a stepped tilelike square that is then sandblasted to give its rough sandstone hewn surface. Pantheum can be positioned as an individual ceiling, wall, or pendant luminaire. Each light can be hung on its own or composed in symmetrical clusters to create a ceiling or wall constellation.
We’d love to see Pantheum used as a dramatic entrance to a restaurant, much like Broom did for the entrance to his Milan exhibit Divine Inspiration (below).
Requiem is a limited edition made-to-order collection made by Lee Broom himself.
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. Each piece appears weightless and fluid but is solid in form, made by hand-draping fabrics in plaster through and around illuminated glass. These ghostly forms are then sculpted with more plaster into their final shape and set until solid. The effect is one of fragile drapery that appears to capture a floating light source. To celebrate the 15-year anniversary of Lee Broom, the designer will handmake only 15 of each of the four limited edition Requiem designs.
When initially designing this collection which celebrates 15 years, 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. 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 artefacts have had on the psyche as well as the history of art and architecture.
Discover Lee Broom’s lighting collections in our showrooms and on our website.
About Lee Broom
British product designer Lee Broom founded his company in 2007 and since then has built a reputation for creating over 100 original, handcrafted furniture, lighting, and accessories under his own brand name. Lee Broom products are retailed around the world by a network of around 200 specialist dealers, with most pieces expertly assembled at the Lee Broom factory in East London.