London designer Lee Broom has unveiled a chair that pays homage to musical instruments, commissioning an orchestra to perform music by Debussy while seated on the chairs for the virtual launch.
The Maestro chair is currently on view as part of an online version of the London Design Festival, in a window installation at his shop in Shoreditch. But Lee Broom is also showcasing the chair via a cinematic short film, in lieu of being able to stage the kind of extravagant, immersive showroom presentations, through which he usually debuts his products.
The film features London’s Parallax Orchestra reuniting for the first time since lockdown to perform a selection of classical compositions including Claude Debussy’s Clair de Lune.
Directed by London creative studio Satore, the film is dramatised through dynamic, under-seat lighting that responds to the music and a CGI rendering of the moon floating behind the orchestra.
Satore previously created the set design for Beyoncé‘s 2011 performance at Glastonbury festival while Lee Broom‘s Hanging Hoop Chair was recently featured in the singer’s Black is King visual album.
The Maestro chair and its curved steel frame were designed to suggest the undulating coils and wraps of musical instruments and in particular the brass section of a classical orchestra. The tubes, which can be rendered in brass, chrome or black, are stacked on top of each other to form a three-tiered circular backrest. When they reach the seat, the highest and lowest tube juts out to form the front and back legs respectively, while the central one wraps all the way around the seat, cradling it in its curvature.
The hemispherical seat itself can be covered in almost any fabric, thanks to a newly established upholstery workshop in Lee Broom‘s own east London factory.