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)

Jardan Sydney


Australian interiors brand Jardan's new Sydney store has put the seductive into staircases



Sculptural. Seductive. Super-stylish. The staircase at Australian design brand Jardan's new Sydney flagship store has been drawing admiring glances, from its pale, pretty-in-pink pastel colour to its gorgeous curves. Linking the shop's three levels, it's a serious scene-stealer, with a sinuous wooden hand rail, sleek, gold-edged wooden stairs and grainy marble flooring.

ABOVE: Poised in pink: the sculptural staircase is a centrepiece at Jardan
ABOVE RIGHT: The inviting gold-meets-glass exterior of Jardan Sydney's flagship new store on a corner of Paddington's Oxford Street
BELOW: The softly geometric staircase runs from the lower ground floor up to the first storey, lit by a skylight, with tactile details including a sinuous wooden handrail, marble flooring and gold-tipped treads


ABOVE: A seductive first-floor living area at Jardan, painted to pick up the greens and blues of the trees, sky and Sydney Harbour. Covetable ceramics make great take-home buys

By Melbourne's IF Architecture, the store on Paddington's Oxford Street takes its cue from Sydney's shifting seasons, spanning the blues of the harbour, the green canopy of the city's hilly streets, and the reds and yellows of the sun. 'Colour is expressive light, and Sydney has light like no other place in Australia,' says lead architect Iva Foschia, who designed the different levels of the space to transition between whites, blues, greens, pinks, greys and blacks. Foschia also took inspiration for the palette from the colour systems of iconic Swiss-French architect Le Corbusier, 'who used colour to enhance the emotions of people in his buildings', harnessing custom paints from Australian specialists Porter's Paints.

Sydney's creative families were another key influence for Foschia, including local interior designer Marion Hall Best (whose career from the mid-1930s celebrated bold colour, pattern and modernism), late artist Brett Whiteley (who famously painted the harbour in ultramarine hues), veteran artist John Olsen (known for his love of nature, greens and blues), and his daughter Louise Olsen and son-in-law Stephen Ormandy's homewares/jewellery brand Dinosaur Designs (beloved for its sleek forms and vibrant hues).

BELOW: Up on the first floor, Jardan's modernist-inspired, contemporary furniture is flanked by a fireplace and backdropped by airy views; Rugs and cushions are displayed on the lower ground floor, styled with a dark-grey sofa as a living zone

Melbourne-born, family firm Jardan sells Australian-designed and-made furniture and lighting, crafted using local materials to exemplary eco standards. Its own-label contemporary collections are displayed alongside a brilliant edit of art and accessories, from tableware to coffee-table books, rugs to vases. After closing its original Sydney showroom in Rosebery, Jardan launched a recent pop-up in Paddington, before finding a permanent home in Oxford Street's 1924-founded Alderstein House, an Art Deco building formerly occupied by Ariel Booksellers.

Styled like a home, the stunning flagship features dedicated zones for living, sleeping, dining and cooking – an alluring curved shelving area displays print titles, ceramics and plants, while upstairs there's an entertainer's kitchen – with lofty views over the harbour. Connecting the lower ground floor, ground floor and first floor is the eye-catching central staircase, flanked by sensual surface materials. Art is a highlight, especially Australian talent Kate Ballis' kooky-coloured 'Infra Realism' photos of America's palm-dotted landscape, pools and modernist architecture. You can even pick up a Maren surfboard. Only in Sydney...

BELOW: Blue-and-rust-grained marble etched with the Jardan logo forms the store's impressive entry wall (signage was created in collaboration with Seasaw studio); A sleek modern first-floor kitchen showcases tableware and vessels by local makers

Jardan Sydney is at 42 Oxford Street Paddington, Sydney. Click here for details of Jardan's Melbourne and Brisbane stores, also designed by IF Architecture

Pictures: Sean Fennessy

Sydney Indesign 2015

Inspiring event Sydney Indesign will see industry pros and design hunters alike out in force this week


Australia's premier design festival Sydney Indesign (13-15 August 2015) kicks off this Thursday, promising three days of hashtag-worthy product launches, showroom displays, installations, talks, prizes and parties. Having run for 12 years, and been hosted by five cities (including Melbourne, Brisbane, Hong Kong and Singapore), Indesign: The Event has international cachet, yet still manages to feel bespoke, boutique and local. And while it targets the trade, from interior designers and architects to retailers, specifiers and journalists, it also welcomes regular design fans, with free registration at any participating venue. So pick up a handbook, download the app and discover some fresh design finds...

ABOVE: Hub showroom in Surry Hills design precinct, which represents major international brands including Moroso
Designs at group exhibition Galleria: 'Ombre' lights by Dennis Abalos and Haryono Setiadi for Abalos, 'Byrdie' sofa by Ross Didier for Didier and the 'Setto' low chair by Skeehan for Catapult Design.

The event's buzzing hub Galleria takes over the Australian Technology Park in Eveleigh, with an open-plan space featuring more than 70 curated brands, including furniture, lighting, rugs, kitchens and bathrooms, and fixtures and fittings. International and interstate names make the cut, as well as emerging local design houses. Don't miss new Australian talent zone Launch Pad, an exhibition of 12 finalists up for this year's prize, a grant to take their prototype to production.
Galleria, Australian Technology Park, Bay 10-14, 2 Locomotive Street, Eveleigh; Thursday 13 August, 4pm-9pm, Friday 14-Saturday 15 August 10am-6pm

ABOVE: Must-see showrooms include Alexandria's Jardan and TCW (featuring naughtone's 'Fold' table and bench and 'Bounce' dining chairs), and Waterloo's Koda Lighting (launching 'Wireflow' pendants by Arik Levy for Vibia)

Design Precincts
Unlike many design fairs, held in boring, corporate exhibition halls, Sydney Indesign started life as a way to celebrate the showrooms of creative design brands around town. This year you can visit 30 seductive stores in six dedicated design precincts, spread around the inner-west and south, from Alexandria to Chippendale, Redfern/Waterloo, Darlinghurst and Surry Hills. Download handy precinct maps, and look out for free hop-on, hop-off shuttle buses to help you connect the dots. Not only do the showrooms capture the essence of each brand, displaying their signature collections in style, but they also offer a chance to see new launches and meet the designers.
Showrooms, Friday 14-Saturday 15 August, 10am-6pm

The Project
Keep an eye out for The Project, a series of installations examining the theme of 'Ritual: The Art of Tradition', created by architects, designers, artists and studios in tandem with Indesign's exhibitors. Expect pinboards, projections and interactive fun. A multi-sensory experience by Karndean Designflooring with Latitude Group (above) explores wood as a base note for scents.

Timed Events
A feast of timed events – some ticketed, others casual – across the three days brings debates, celebrity designers, prize giveaways, and drinks and canapés to showrooms and stands around town. Check out the programme for more details. Habitus magazine will present the LiveLife Design Hunter Series of conversations, including talks at major showrooms Spence & Lyda, Living Edge and Jardan. WorkLife 2015 sees panels of experts discussing 'The Future of the Workplace' at the Indesign Podium at Galleria and select showrooms. DQ magazine's DQ RoundTable discusses design industry issues with a distinctly Sydney flavour. Book early for ticketed events as they may sell out. Finally, let your hair down at Saturday night's Wrap Party. You've earned those bubbles...

Sydney Indesign runs from Thursday 13 to Saturday 15 August 2015. Hong Kong Indesign follows from 19-20 November 2015.