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An inate talent

by ANNIE GOTTERSON on Nov 4, 2010 in Products
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Without any formal training, young British designer Lee Broom has very quickly become one of the most celebrated interior and product designers to emerge in recent years

After wrapping up another successful showing at this year’s London Design Week with his 1970s Art Deco jewellery and fashion-inspired collection, One Light Only, Lee Broom is once again a designer everyone seems to be intrigued by.

Like many before him, Broom got involved with interior and product design through fashion. At age 17, he interned for fashion legend Vivienne Westwood before going on to study women’s fashion at Central Saint Martins in London and, after graduating with a first, his future in the fashion world seemed certain.Instead, after developing a successful interior concept for London bar Nylon, Broom discovered a talent and love for interior design, and promptly set up shop with then-business partner Maki Aoki.

Dealing primarily in bar design, their company Makilee Designs, which was founded in 2002, earned the duo a variety of awards, and put them both on the radar of the design savvy. From 2006, however, Broom has worked alone and under his own name, and was named the 13th most influential person in the bar industry by Theme magazine last year.

His interior design portfolio comprises many famous London night spots, including Rumi, the Valmont Club and Lost Society, for which he took out the much-coveted Time Out magazine Best Bar of the Year title in 2006.

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