In fashion, the “Designer of the Moment” seems to change almost daily. In interiors, there has only been one name on everyone’s lips for the past three years: Lee Broom. His first collection in 2007 included neon lights bent around vintage furniture, he then moved on to covering cabinets, lamps and tables in carpet. A collection for Heal’s quickly followed, and he has just finished designing a personal shopping area for Topman’s Oxford Street store (image below). As he launches a range for design collective Deadgood called Parq Life, based around parquetry, ACHICA Living catches up with him for a quick Q&A...
Topman Personal Shopping Space (above)
How did the idea of using parquetry for furniture come about?
I’ve always got some design ideas up my sleeve that I haven’t used, and parquetry was one of them. I was going around old buildings and noticing parquet floorings, particularly in herringbone patterns, and thought it would be interesting to see what I could do with it.
It does seem that parquet flooring is very popular right now, and a real selling point for houses that have it. Why do you think this is?
It’s just such a beautiful design. People have been decorating various aspects of their home for years – feature walls and wallpapers have been around for ages, and naturally you start to look at what other surfaces you can apply decoration to. It was only a matter of time before people turned their attention to the floor, and aside from mosaic, parquet is the most well-crafted example of what you can put underfoot.
Are you pleased with how parquetry looked like on your collection?
Absolutely – Deadgood have been brilliant manufacturers for this. I always think how pieces would look in my home, and I think they’re going to look nice on wooden flooring. There’s more of a trend now for mixing wooden colours - you can mix pale woods with oak stained. There’s also quite a lot of brass on these pieces – all the tops are polished brass, so you’ll need some other brushed gold details in the room. But gold as a metallic finish is a really nice change from polished stainless steel and chrome, it’s just a lot warmer and more welcoming.
How would you describe your style?
I never know how to describe my own style – I guess I have fascinations with fashion and with putting architecture into furniture. I like my pieces to tell a story and sometimes have a bit of drama. My work isn’t retiring or shy but commands attention. Others might talk about a mix between traditional and contemporary styles in my collection but I just do what feels comfortable.
And what have you got happening next?
I’m focusing on my September collection – I can’t say too much but it centres around upholstery...
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Pip McCormac, Guest Editor
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