Golden boy of the London design scene Lee Broom taps into a deep vein of Britishness for his 2015 Milan Design Week presentation, a riff on the posh and proper department stores dotting the English capital. Lee Broom The Department Store offers 25 new products--from pendant lamps to mirrors to sideboards--across ten collections.
Broom, who ascended the ranks of the design world's bright young things in 2012 with the introduction of his cut-crystal lightbulbs, has taken to exploring different materials for each new collection. What might otherwise seem manic (mini-groupings of brass, wood, marble, glass, and even carpet) hangs together brilliantly in a muted gray-on-gray interior that recalls the velvety interior of a jewelry box. Standouts include a pair of tables in stacked sheets of black and white marble topped by acid-yellow glass, a series of crenelated cabinets in walnut faced with brass leaf, and a new chrome iteration of Broom's Fulcrum silhouette deployed as pendant lighting.