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On the ground in Milan: Lee Broom’s Divine Inspiration exhibition

In the midst of the Milan Design week, Lee Broom has unveiled his latest lighting release in over four years: Divine Inspiration.

On the ground in Milan: Lee Broom’s Divine Inspiration exhibition

In the midst of the Milan Design week, Lee Broom has unveiled his latest lighting release in over four years: Divine Inspiration.

Inspired by our connections to light and place, Lee Broom has unveiled his experimental exhibition, Divine Inspiration. By finding a relationship between how light is often linked to hallowed places that evoke a sense of contemplation, Broom’s exhibition is a brutalist spin on cathedral, gothic lighting.

Habitus editor Aleesha Callahan, who’s on the ground at Milan Design Week, caught up with Broom to discuss Divine Inspiration. “I was initially looking at Brutalist architecture, and all the places that I loved since I was young were places of worship,” says Broom. “I started looking at other areas in other decades, right back to like antiquity and then decided that I was absorbing all of their awe and mysticism.”

Lee Broom unveils Divine Inspiration in Milan

The collection within Divine Inspiration celebrates the brand, Lee Broom, last fifteen years and is an ode to Broom’s inspiration through his journey as a designer. And as the largest exhibition in Milan this year, over a series of dramatic rooms, it reflects the impact that religious architecture has had throughout history.

“I began looking at the Brutalist architecture I grew up with as a child, a period of architecture that I love,” says Broom. “Delving deeper, my attention became engaged with brutalist places of worship. This led me on a fascinating journey to researching cathedrals, temples, and churches from antiquity to mid-century, to the present day.”

Lee Broom unveils Divine Inspiration

As a lighting collection, the concepts of brutalism and modernism shift through the various rooms where light plays off simple but elegant wooden features. “Carved wooden pieces hold the same kind of flutes that you would get on mid-century modern alters, and part fonts and views – all quite architectural,” says Broom. Every room touches upon a different era, the combination of furniture and lighting reminiscent of these periods.

“I wanted to create a lighting collection that invoked that same sense of awe and mysticism as those buildings and their interiors. This is not a religious collection, but a reflection on the impact religious architecture, interiors and artefacts have had on the psyche as well as the history of art and architecture,” says Broom.

Be sure to check later for more stories of Milan Design Week here on Indesignlive.sg.

In Singapore, Lee Broom is exclusively available at Space Furniture.

Photography by Luke Hayes
Lee Broom unveils Divine Inspiration in Milan
Lee Broom unveils Divine Inspiration in Milan
Lee Broom unveils Divine Inspiration in Milan
Lee Broom unveils Divine Inspiration in Milan
Lee Broom exhibition in Milan
Lee Broom exhibition in Milan

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