Lee Broom on the lightbulb moments in conversation with Justyna Green
Lee Broom is one of the UK’s leading product and interior designers.
In his career, he has launched numerous furniture and lighting collections, designed over 40 retail, restaurant and bar interiors and has won more than 20 awards including the ELLE Decoration British Design Award for Crystal Bulb in October 2012 and ‘Designer of the Year 2011/ 2012’ at the British Design Awards in November 2011.
Lee Broom founded his own label in 2007 and designs, manufactures and retails his own collections, along with collaborating with aligned brands and designs unique interiors. The importance of the manufacturing process is integral to Broom’s philosophy. A supporter of British manufacturing techniques, Broom works closely with specialist traditional craftsman from the initial concept to final production runs. Having started out in theatre school - a beginning which has greatly influenced the sense of drama and narrative that his collections create - Broom’s career took a change of direction after he won a fashion design competition at the age of 17. This led him to meet and then go onto work for the legendary designer Vivienne Westwood, after which he studied for a degree in fashion design at Central St Martins.
Lee speaks with Justyna Green on bringing his dreams to life; and the responsibility of the design community to create pieces that stand the test of time.