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Alchemy of Light: Lee Broom’s Mythic Collection

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In Lee Broom’s latest lighting collection, the Alchemist, the multidisciplinary design studio merges elements of astrology, mythology, and folklore, inspired by the ancient art of alchemy. Broom’s collection, influenced by Paolo Coelho’s The Alchemist, explores the interconnected nature of sculptural metal lighting, reflecting his belief in the spiritual and mystical significance of objects.

The Alchemist collection comprises four ranges: Mythos, King, Solstice, and Gemini, each offering a unique interpretation of these themes. Mythos, for example, draws inspiration from Greek mythology and jewelry design, featuring linked brass pendants that suspend glass orbs from leather straps. This range explores the balance between complexity and simplicity, reflecting Broom’s emotional design approach.

King, on the other hand, is inspired by medieval art and the legend of King Arthur, featuring metal leaves that create a crown-like shape, reflecting light and shadows to create a dramatic presence. Solstice references Stonehenge and the solstices, with a glass globe symbolizing the sun and a brass frame resembling stone forms.

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Gemini, inspired by the astrological sign of the twins, features two halves of a capsule-like shape connected asymmetrically, offering a balance between art deco and modernism. These fixtures can be hung horizontally or vertically, allowing for customizable configurations.

Broom’s collection represents a fusion of art and design, creating pieces that are not only functional but also rich in symbolism and storytelling. The Alchemist collection will debut in the United States during NYCxDESIGN in New York City, showcasing Broom’s ability to create lighting that transcends its utilitarian purpose to become a work of art.

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