Lee Broom’s Second Home – A Tribeca Penthouse, New York, USA
We are always looking for balance. That elusive poise where everything belongs and nothing is missing. There is no definition for it. Certainly not in our books. It can take many forms and it either is there or it isn’t.
In the design of his New York home, British designer Lee Broom is skilfully dancing on the verge of balance. His gently theatrical second home unfolds like different stage sets. Each room is different and yet there is also an overall balance. The cohesiveness is achieved by using mainly furniture and lighting he has designed either for this apartment or earlier for his company, Lee Broom.
And because he has a distinctive modernist-minimalist-art-decoy style, everything in the apartment fits together. And he avoids the overdone-showroom syndrome by adding in each room pieces from his own personal collection of art, furnishings and interesting objects.
The 45-year-old designer of luxury lighting, furniture and objects sells his 15-year-old Lee Broom brand in 67 countries. And because the US accounts for 35 per cent of sales, he was constantly flying between London and New York. Eventually, he and his partner, Lee Broom co-founder and CEO Charles Rudgard, felt they wanted a home-away-from-home in their beloved New York.
The living room exudes Scandinavian monochromatic minimalism with touches of art deco. It houses much of his new collection and is bathed in natural light. Designed specifically for this room is his first sofa in 10 years, the floating White Street modular sofa collection with built-in end pieces in white ash and upholstery in ivory bouclé. In front of it, also designed for this room, are the equally weightless Tribeca tables. Above it all hags his well-known circular chandelier, Carousel XL.
In one corner is his Hanging Hoop chair made famous by Beyoncé who used it in her 2020 Already music video. Another eye-catcher in the living room is the retro-influenced custom-designed fireplace made of Italian Travertine marble.
The art deco dining room with its deep-blue moiré walls features Broom’s newly designed dining table and his decidedly mid-century-inspired Musico chairs (2019) made of hand-bent stainless-steel tubes and upholstered in blue velvet.