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Discover the world of Lee Broom
This month we are pleased to share an exclusive interview with one of our all-time favourite British designers, Lee Broom.
He chatted to us a short while ago on everything from the design industry, what it was like working alongside legendary British designer Vivienne Westwood, and why he loves to work with his signature material, crystal. Read below for the full interview – we hope you enjoy it!
You started your design career in the fashion industry working with such notable names as Vivienne Westwood – has this influenced your furniture and lighting designs?
Vivienne Westwood had a huge influence on me - she was incredibly inspirational and that experience certainly fuelled elements I have featured in my collections. She encouraged me to approach things differently and without restraint, and taught me the value of referencing the past in new work.
You are known worldwide for your use of crystal – what first attracted you to this material?
Crystal has a majestic, decorative quality that I was originally drawn to for the Decanterlight, collection launched in 2010. I was also fascinated by the delicate craftsmanship of crystal cutting and how you can combine iconic crystal designs with more ordinary, functional objects, such as the light bulb.
What do you enjoy most about being a designer?
I’ve always been creative as far back as I can remember and designing has always been such a strong passion of mine, so to be able to do this for a living makes me feel very lucky. I think that the most rewarding part in the creative process is the beginning and the end, the inception of an idea and then seeing the final piece.
You have won many awards for your work over the years, is there one that is a particular favourite of yours?
I think that winning 'Designer of the year' in 2011 was a special moment, any designer will tell you that they don't do it for awards, but it is nice to be recognised.
What advice would you give to young designers trying to break into the design industry?
Start when you are at university - don't wait until you have graduated. Dabble in the industry and network early on, start behaving and thinking like a designer and not like a student from the outset and it will put you ahead of the game.
Do you have a motto you live by?
Yes: ‘Do your own thing’!
To find out more about Lee Broom, just head over to our brand page where you can discover more about his eponymous company and its history, as well as view his elegant collections - Salon, Crystal Bulb and Decanterlight.