Lee Broom: Observatory, Salone del Mobile 2018

Martyn White

Posted on May 07 2018

Lee Broom unveils 'Observatory', an impressive collection of sculptural lighting designs, first of a three-phase launch at the 2018 edition of Salone del Mobile. 

Never one to shy away from an impressive collection launch, Lee Broom once again wows the crowds at the 2018 edition of Salone del Mobile in Milan. The first of a three-phase collection launch, Broom introduces celestial inspired lighting designs within four collection styles; Eclipse, Orion, Aurora and Tidal. Having the opportunity to visit the collection launch hosted in a beautiful listed building within the Brera district of Milan, I explore the latest additions to discover the evolution of the Lee Broom brand below. 

Lee Broom Observatory Salone del Mobile 2018Lee Broom Observatory Salone del Mobile 2018


A beautiful contemporary chandelier design with bespoke scalable sizes, available between a 40cm and 1.5 metre diameter. The linear LED light contained within the hand-blown reeded bulbs produces a beautiful warming colour, luring the eye in to explore the fascinating forms and contemporary detail present on each of the designs. The closer the viewer gets to this impressive piece, the more detail is revealed. 

Lee Broom Observatory Salone del Mobile 2018Lee Broom Observatory Salone del Mobile 2018Lee Broom Observatory Salone del Mobile 2018


Incorporating thee variations of the design into the collection, the Eclipse lighting consists of a mirror-polished stainless steel disc intersecting an illuminated acrylic disc to produce striking forms and reflections as one moves around the surrounding space. The range consists of single pendant light, chandelier, table lamp, and surface light. Whilst it is such a simple concept, each piece presents its own unique character in such a way that it can easily be mistaken for an entirely different design, an example of how versatile Eclipse can be. 

Lee Broom Observatory Salone del Mobile 2018Lee Broom Observatory Salone del Mobile 2018


Orion comprises simple modular tube lights with opposing opaque and solid polished gold spheres. The lights can be suspended horizontally and vertically to allow for a greater customisation, allowing for almost endless configurations as lights are added to create an impressive feature. 


A polished chrome sphere that has been split in half, producing two balancing hemispheres. Light appears from within the internal space, adding to the mystical presence and unseen gravitational force that appears to be pulling the two parts away from one another. 

It comes as no surprise that the response to this year's launch has been incredibly positive. Broom's collections continue to evolve an a decade later, it is even more exciting to see where the brand will venture next. 

For full details of the collections featured, click to view the official Lee Broom website via the link. 


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