Lee Broom – Park Life

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British designer Lee Broom reveals ‘Park Life’, a dazzling pop-up exhibition in a car park in Sydney


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UK design talent Lee Broom is known for glamorous lighting, furniture and accessories. His shows are just as cutting-edge, with the rising star previously exhibiting his work in a mock department store, a mobile van (albeit one tricked out with an elegant room interior) and on a fairground carousel. Now Broom is taking over an underground car park below Space’s Sydney furniture showroom for ambitious pop-up ‘Park Life’, sharing his new lights with the public in a modernist maze. The Alexandria installation will be his largest to date, covering 4,000 square feet, with the free exhibition running from 14 to 20 March.

‘I am delighted to return to Australia to present this exciting exhibition with Space Furniture,’ says Broom. ‘Australia has been a big supporter of my work for many years and it is an honour to create such a significant installation to showcase my collection in Sydney.’

TOP: The entrance to Sydney’s subterranean ‘Park Life’ maze pavilion, with Lee Broom flanked by his ‘Orion Globe’ and ‘Orion Tube’ lights. ABOVE RIGHT: Fix up, look sharp… London lighting designer Lee Broom before he turned blonde for his Australian tour

A former actor and fashion designer, Broom is known for his trademark sharp look, teaming simple classic and street-savvy details. His designs also reinterpret classical styles in contemporary ways, giving them an unexpected edge. Expect more striking fusions at immersive experience ‘Park Life’, where he’ll be transforming the raw, concrete, industrial car park into his take on a trad English garden.

ABOVE: Lee Broom’s surreal modernist garden maze ‘Park Life’ in Sydney, a beautifully resolved installation featuring his lighting, accessories and furniture in a series of 16 illuminated room sets. Enchanting vignettes play with ideas from chess boards and Newton’s Cradles to cascading waterfalls and trompe l’oeil reflections

Channelling a meandering maze, the pop-up will take guests on ‘a poetic journey of discovery through hidden passageways, with tableaus and vignettes,’ says Broom, showcasing his lighting, furniture and accessories. Inspiration hails from 18th-century pleasure gardens, with their mazes and miniature waterways, amusing visitors with the latest art, architecture, music and illuminations. However, Broom gives the concept a modernist spin, aiming to create a sense of escapism, entertainment and drama.

ABOVE: More mesmerising moments from the ‘Park Life’ pavilion. A white polycarbonate box within the concrete car park, its interconnecting spaces are lined with pale gravel, with designs displayed beside classical statues on boxy, layered plinths. Black acrylic, cut-outs and mirror add surprise to surfaces

If Broom’s mind-bending 2017 trompe l’oeil installation ‘On Reflection’ at his London showroom is anything to go by, design hunters should be in for a treat. Broom chose to show in Sydney, not Milan this year, reaching out to his Australian and Asia-Pacific fanbase, and has put all his creative energy into crafting a surreally beautiful space, guaranteed to whisk visitors into wonderland.

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ABOVE: Lee Broom’s new ‘Eclipse’ pendant lights, updated in polished gold, will be showcased at the pop-up

Debuting at the ‘Park Life’ installation is a new version of Broom’s award-winning ‘Eclipse’ light in a polished gold finish, a warmer, softer interpretation of the original chrome. Like an elegant mobile, these sculptural pendants look different from every angle, with mirror-polished gold and acrylic discs interacting, simultaneously eclipsing and revealing their charms.

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ABOVE FROM LEFT: ‘Eclipse’ chandelier three piece in sheeny gold. The design also comes as a table lamp, with all three variations available to order from April. Broom’s ‘Orion Tube’ and ‘Orion Globe’ pendant lights in polished gold

‘Park Life’ is part of Broom’s wider #LBTour of Asia and Australia, which has seen him give design talks at Space’s showrooms in Singapore for Singapore Design Week (4-17 March), and Brisbane, with another to come at Space Melbourne on 14 March (6pm-9pm) for Melbourne Design Week (14-24 March). Design fans can buy tickets to the Melbourne event, in which Broom will chat about his career, global brand and the experimental nature of design. Plans are also afoot for him to talk at ECC’s Auckland showroom in New Zealand. Don’t miss this illuminating talent…
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ABOVE: Broom’s circular ‘Carousel XL’ pendant light in matte black at the installation, inspired by British fairground merry-go-rounds

Free exhibition ‘Park Life’ is at Space, 84 O’Riordan Street, Alexandria, Sydney, from 14 to 20 March 2019 (open daily 10am to 5pm); a launch evening on 13 March is by invite only. Lee Broom’s products are available exclusively in Australia, Singapore and Malaysia from Space Furniture. His ticketed Melbourne talk is at Space, 629 Church Street, Richmond, on 14 March (6pm-9pm)

Pictures: Craig Wall (Sydney installation)

Art Basel Hong Kong

Get set for Art Basel Hong Kong, the fair turning Asia's commerce-savvy metropolis into an influential Culture Club


Expect a swarm of eager artists, collectors and dealers to descend on Hong Kong this week as one of the world’s most dynamic art fairs hits town. The city’s burgeoning cultural scene continues to grow with the second edition of Art Basel Hong Kong, younger sibling to Art Basel Switzerland and Miami Beach, running from 15 to 18 May at the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre.

Once off the radar of the global art establishment, Hong Kong is currently the third largest art auction market after London and New York, benefitting from wealthy Chinese collectors and a freedom of expression unfamiliar to the mainland. At the show’s helm is Director Magnus Renfrew, who has jetted tirelessly across borders to forge relationships with gallerists and collectors. His ambition is to change western perceptions of what constitutes Chinese contemporary art, insisting there is fascinating work that engages with the reality of what it is like to live in China today.

ABOVE: 'Untitled', 2013, Wu Jian'an. Insights sector. Courtesy of Wu Jian'an and Chambers Fine Art

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Doug Aitken
Galleries sector
Courtesy of Doug Aitken and 303 Gallery

, Kishio Suga
Encounters sector
Courtesy of Kishio Suga and Tomio Koyama Gallery
'Chongqing VI (Sunday Afternoon), Chongqing Municipality', 2006 Nadav Kander
Insights sector
Courtesy Nadav Kander and Blindspot Gallery
'Cube 48 Orange', 2014, Marta Chilindron
Encounters sector
Courtesy of Marta Chilindron and Cecilia de Torres New York
'Letter', 2012
Miyanaga Aiko
Encounters sector
Courtesy of Miyanaga Aiko and Mizuma Art Gallery

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Courtesy of Art Basel


Embracing both established names and emerging talents, this year’s fair will feature around 245 leading galleries from 39 countries, including Asian powerhouse Pearl Lam Galleries. A-List artists are represented by the 170 esteemed contemporary players in the fair’s main Galleries sector. Among the 19 new exhibitors joining this edition are Michael Hoppen Gallery, Mazzoleni Galleria d’Arte and Tokyo Gallery. Already 50 per cent of galleries presented have exhibition spaces in the Asia-Pacific, and with more artists from the region being showcased we're certainly in for an education.

Visitors will navigate through six sectors: Galleries, Insights (Basel-specific Asia-Pacific work), Discoveries (next-gen talent), Encounters, Magazines and inaugural offering Film. Curated by Beijing Art Lab director Li Zhenhua, the exciting three-day programme will feature films by and about artists, hosted in collaboration with the Hong Kong Arts Centre, with free screenings at its agnès b. CINEMA. Encounters, a series of large-scale sculptures and installations dotted throughout the exhibition halls, will be overseen by Yuko Hasegawa, Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo.

For artist talks, book launches and discussions, the Salon series offers an informal setting, while Conversations presents talks and panel debates by prominent art world figureheads. Given Hong Kong’s pivotal position between East and West, the notion of crossing cultures should prove a common theme. Also look out for fringe events and parties around town, including Art Gallery Night on 13 May, promising free, public after-hours openings at 37 galleries, and Berlin artist Carsten Nicolai's app-interactive light installation, illuminating the city's skyline.