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Lee Broom’s Crystal Bulb Shop Dazzles at the London Design Festival

Posted By Charlene Lam On September 26, 2012 @ 1:40 pm In carousel showcase,Design,Green Interiors,Green Lighting,Green Products,Innovation,London,London Design Week,Recycled Materials | 1 Comment

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The wood paneling and fixtures included reclaimed parts of an English pub that were previously used in another incarnation for Lee Broom’s highly successful solo show at Milan’s Salone del Mobile [1]. Other props and display materials, including wooden fruit crates [2] and a beautiful vintage scale, were sourced from flea markets and secondhand shops.

Lee Broom’s meteoric rise on the UK interiors and design scene started four years ago, when he launched his eponymous studio. He started out in theatre school before working with Vivienne Westwood and studying fashion [3] at Central St Martins, and then transitioning to interior design. His sense of theatricality and drama is evident every time he transforms his showroom for the London Design Festival.

The Crystal Bulb Shop featured over 200 Crystal Bulbs, which we’ve previously highlighted on Inhabitat [4]. The Crystal Bulb’s detachable cut lead crystal globe encases a G9 LED Lamp. The design is a natural evolution from his acclaimed Decanterlight collection [5] of one-of-a-kind pieces made from recycled lead crystal drink decanters collected from antique markets. With the supply of vintage decanters dwindling and the cost going up, it made sense for Lee Broom to develop a light that could be more easily produced and made more widely available.

The bulbs are made in Cumbria, North West England – once a manufacturing hub for lead crystal [6]. The choice for local production is consistent with Lee Broom’s practice of championing the work of British craftspeople. Each bulb is individually hand blown by a craftsman at Cumbria Crystal [7], the UK’s only remaining producer of handmade English full lead crystal, before being cut with a crystal pattern and etched. Dazzling, indeed.

+ Lee Broom [8]

Photos by Charlene Lam for Inhabitat

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URLs in this post:

[1] solo show at Milan’s Salone del Mobile: http://www.leebroom.com/projects/public-house-milan-2012/

[2] fruit crates: http://inhabitat.com/prefab-treehouse-riga-is-a-modular-and-flexible-housing-system-in-lisbon/

[3] fashion: http://inhabitat.com/tag/fashion/

[4] we’ve previously highlighted on Inhabitat: http://inhabitat.com/the-crystal-bulb-is-a-dazzling-gem-cut-led-light-bulb-made-from-cumbria-crystal/

[5] Decanterlight collection: http://www.leebroom.com/collection/decanterlight

[6] crystal: http://inhabitat.com/london-design-museums-swarovski-exhibition-features-light-painting-holograms-and-other-mind-blowing-digital-technologies/

[7] Cumbria Crystal: http://www.cumbriacrystal.com/

[8] + Lee Broom: http://www.leebroom.com/

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