Lee Broom is one of the UK’s best product designers and a premium recognized global design brand. With his highly original brand of luxury furniture and lighting designs, his work is known and retailed across the globe. His unique design pieces are both exclusive yet familiar: the product designer struggles to embrace and discover new themes while keeping an overarching house style.
With offices in New York City, Lee Broom needed a pied-à-Terre for when he is in town. The project came to fruition when the designer discovered a duplex apartment located in a White Street building in the Tribeca neighbourhood, in the heart of Manhattan. This historical structure has been sustainably reimagined, with 80% of the materials having been reclaimed or restored.
Accessible by a private elevator, Lee Broom’s 280-square-metre penthouse occupies the fifth and sixth floors. Filled with natural light thanks to expansive high ceilings and large windows — which meet passive house environmental airtight requirements — the space features 300-year-old hand-restored, reclaimed wooden details. It comprises a living room, a dining room, two kitchens, two bedrooms, a dressing room, a study and two terraces — one of which has spectacular views of One World Trade Centre, while the master bedroom offers a unique panorama of the Empire State Building.
For his refuge in the Big Apple, Lee Broom envisioned all the rooms as a series of curated vignettes, each with its own personality. Specifically for this penthouse, he also designed a new collection of furniture and accessories which will launch this year. Honouring Lee Broom’s love of symmetry, one of the main pieces is the White Street modular sofa, which adorns the living room and is effortlessly connected by sculpted armrests, corner or side tables in black or white ash.
The Tribeca coffee tables in black silk marble and travertine with smooth round tabletop cantilevers over a monolithic square base also help shape the elegant and peaceful atmosphere. Lee Broom reimagined the Fulcrum candlestick in a tactile, rough-hewn solid travertine, which complements the bespoke fireplace and plinths. In the dining room, the Aurora chandelier hangs over the Musico table and recently launched chairs, with blue walls and grey curtains as a backdrop.
Through this project, Lee Broom created a space that perfectly fits his needs and corresponds to his taste, while giving free rein to his imagination to design new pieces of furniture and lighting that will soon elevate other interiors around the world.
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