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The latest product from London-based interior designer Lee Broom is the Decanterlight.
Made from recycled cut lead-crystal decanters sourced from antique markets, they come
in clear or a polished gold finish and will retail at about £300 each (A$500). They are not
strictly limited edition, but each light is handmade and varies slightly in style.
You are quite the toast of the town when it comes to London bar design, scooping
accolades and awards – what’s your secret? Experience really. I have been designing bars
in London for over eight years, so people start to recognise your work. I also think it’s the
type of venues I design. I have always worked with independent operators who give you
the scope to be far more creative and take a lot more risks.
What do you think is the key to great interior design in a bar/club/lounge space? The
most successful designs can be the ones that make your jaw drop when you enter, or some
have a classic quality that can stand the test of time. There are also some key things I will
drop into most schemes, one of them being warmth. People tend to really appreciate a
venue that has warmth and makes them feel comfortable.
How did you happen to come up with such a genius concept as the Decanterlight?
Many of my products are realised when I’m designing an interior. Decanterlight was
created as a lighting installation for my bar design at Coquine in South Kensington. It was
an alternative option to the traditional chandelier but a design that referenced its actual
environment. Visit leebroom.com.
Dotted around the Kielder Water and Forest Park are all manner of wonderful
works of art. Integral to the park’s popularity with walking and mountain-biking
holidaymakers, the sculptural and architectural seats and shelters provide a surprising
and welcome place to stop and rest, so the beautiful Northumberland surrounds can
truly be admir ed. Visit visitkielder.com.
Arc hitectural firm Ton kin Liu was rece ntly
ac knowledged at the 2010 Royal Ins titute
of British Arc hitects (RIBA) Awards f or its
apartment, Forest of Light. Situated in the
attic floor of a 1928 beaux-arts style building
with Grade II Listed status, the space
was nonetheless approved for dramatic
remodelling by the architects. The finished
design is fresh, modern and light. A key
feature is the per forated aluminium pane ls
that line the alcoves; the tree motif of this
feature c reates a be autiful play of light,
but is also a vital function for temperature
cont rol and ve ntilation . Visit tonkinliu.co .uk.
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