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

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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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)

LDF 2016 – All The Fun Of The Fair

September means just one thing on the design calendar – the annual London Design Festival. Here's our handy guide for making the most of #LDF16…

BY DEE IVA

Each year the London Design Festival gets bigger, with a multitude of showrooms, installations, launches and talks all vying for your attention. Running over nine days until 25 September, 2016's edition features seven official Design Districts popping up around the capital, five major Design Destinations, inspiring new multicultural showcase the London Design Biennale, specially commissioned Landmark Projects, a happening hub at the V&A museum, and hundreds of events citywide, fanning out from Central London. Here's how to access all areas...

NORTH
North London sees the birth of the King's Cross Creative Quarter with the arrival of designjunction, one of the festival’s most popular shows. This year designjunction is split into four distinct areas. The Crossing, in Central Saint Martins, will house interactive installations and flash factory demonstrations; The Canopy is a dedicated shopping zone for 70 luxury retail brands; contemporary lighting show lightjunction will strut its stuff alongside 100 leading design brands in Cubitt House; and Granary Square will be home to eight pop-up Monopoly houses exhibiting immersive design experiences.

ABOVE: Online interiors emporium Rockett St George brings a taste of the tropics to The Hoxton hotel in the Shoreditch Design Triangle

ABOVE: North London's Granary Square gets new housing courtesy of designjunction

SOUTH
South London enters the fray with edgy independent design show Designersblock taking over the Oxo Tower on the South Bank again and another new Design District, the Brixton Design Trail, making its mark with 'Rebel Rebel', a themed set of events inspired by the late David Bowie. Stellar design duo Eley Kishimoto will dress the sails of London’s only inner-city windmill in their iconic ‘Flash’ pattern, you can buy directly from designer-makers at the Crafty Fox Market, and type fiends can fill their boots at Dalton Maag’s experimental typography workshop.

ABOVE: The world's most fashionable windmill by Eley Kishimoto, Brixton Windmill is part of the Brixton Design Trail

EAST
In East London, the Shoreditch Design Triangle's cluster of streets hosts large established brands such as Lee Broom, SCP East and Kvadrat, and smaller independents like Charlene Mullen and Factorylux showcasing their latest collections. The East End’s premier design shows Tent London and Super Brands have rather confusingly gathered under new moniker the London Design Fair to show a clutch of cutting-edge international designers, luxury labels and young designer-makers. Look out for Magnus Long’s yin-yang ‘Antumbra’ table lamp for Pietre di Monitillo, a bewitching mix of touch-dimmable black and white illuminated marble.

ABOVE: Hand held in black and white... Magnus Long's dimmable marble 'Antumbra' lamp, part of East London's London Design Fair

WEST
In West LondonBrompton Design District, South Kensington, is where you’ll see new collections from Italian design houses Cassina, Poltrona Frau, B&B Italia and Boffi, and the V&A is the place to spy intriguing installations by some of the world’s most innovative designers. Influential major trade showcase 100% Design returns to Olympia, having set up home there last year. Divided into five sections – Interiors, Emerging Brands, Kitchens and Bathrooms, Design and Build, and Workplace – it’s the festival’s largest show, with a public day on Saturday 24 September.

ABOVE: Kevin Stamper's pixellated 'Morning Storm' cabinet will be on display within Luxury Made, a new decorative exhibition in the Interiors section at 100% Design


If you’re short on time here are five Fizztastic installations to see during London Design Festival 2016…

‘Glaciarium’ by Fredrikson Stallard for Swarovski  
A glittering collection of chandeliers and accessories by design’s edgiest duo
Fredrikson Stallard, 10 Warner Street, Holborn, EC1


Jaime Hayon for BD Barcelona retrospective
Retrospective celebrating Jaime Hayon’s 10-year collaboration with Spanish brand BD Barcelona
BD Barcelona, 12-14 Berry Street, Clerkenwell, EC1


‘Opticality’ by Lee Broom
Lee Broom’s 'Optical' lighting is displayed in an immersive installation at his showroom
Lee Broom, 95 Rivington St, Shoreditch, EC2


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London Design Biennale
Inspiring installations, artworks and prototypes from 37 countries around the world
Somerset House, Strand, WC2


'Visioni' by Patricia Urquiola for cc-tapis
Patricia Urquiola's graphic rugs debuted at the Milan Furniture Fair and now hit London
Ebony and Co, 15 Saville Row, Mayfair, W1

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The citywide London Design Festival runs from 17-25 September 2016; see events for individual dates and opening hours.

NYCxDESIGN 2016

Head to New York for NYCxDESIGN, the annual US design festival that's attracting talent from across the globe...

BY DEE IVA

'New York's a go-go and everything tastes nice'. Well, perhaps not everything, but there are certainly enough treats to be sampled from the Meatpacking District to Brooklyn as the Big Apple hosts the fourth New York design festival, NYCxDESIGN.

A two-week design fair, it has been gaining ground since its 2013 launch and now seems to have reached critical mass with international brands flocking to set up shop in the city that never sleeps. Last year, Dutch designer Marcel Wanders opened the first American Moooi store at 36 East 31st Street and this year Brit talent Lee Broom has launched a pop-up shop, Broom Off Broome, on the aptly named Broome Street (open until 10 June, it will also showcase his new US-exclusive light). Over at the Jacob K. Javits Center (11th Avenue at 38th Street), major trade show ICFF (14-17 May) is home to big brands such as Duravit USA, Fritz Hansen and Tom Dixon and is the hub around which everything else rotates. There's plenty to see around town as well, with events, parties and installations in virtually every neighborhood. See below for five Fizztastic must-sees in NYC this week...
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ABOVE: Magnetic wallcoverings by Visual Magnetics
 

FIVE TO SEE AT THE FAIR

APPARATUS
New York lighting, furniture and accessories company Apparatus is a firm Fizz favourite. Its stylish incense burners, candlesticks and statement lights have been on our radar for a while and the 2016 collection of furniture and lighting, on display at Apparatus' new showroom at 124 West 30th Street (4th floor), is ticking all the right boxes again. Go back to black with the dark glamour of the 'Tassel 19' chandelier and the midnight-hued 'Portal' marble dining table. 
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MOOOI
Dutch brand Moooi is throwing open its showroom doors to exhibit a selection of striking new carpet designs and lighting fresh from their debut at the recent Milan Furniture Fair. Umut Yamac's avian 'Perch' lights were one of the highlights at Moooi's show in Tortona and they're bound to ruffle a few feathers in Manhattan too. We're also loving Klaus Haapaniemi's 'Polar Byzantine Chapter 2' rug with its stylised reindeer and regal birds and the sinister 'Heaven's Gate' 3D woven rug by Marcel Wanders. Look out for Moooi's London store opening in June.
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MUJI
Japanese design brand Muji will be exhibiting 'Best of Found Muji', a curated selection of items from its 'Found Muji' collection which celebrates traditional artisanal and industrial products from around the world. Instigated by Naoto Fukusawa, the initiative collects simple household designs that have the pared back functional Muji aesthetic and that could have been Muji products. New pieces will be on show at NY's flagship store at 475 Fifth Avenue alongside an exclusive range of Japanese textiles. Asian fans can catch the brand's first independent Found Muji shop overseas at Hong Kong's PMQ design centre.
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VISUAL MAGNETICS
The writing's on the wall over at Visual Magnetics which launches the 'Workspace Collection', a new line of interactive magnetic wallcoverings designed to be written on. Grids, graphs, arrows, different colour options and the facility to move pieces around turns walls into oversized notepads with an inbuilt fun factor. If you're in playful mode, there's also a range of brightly coloured magnetic shapes to bring out the artist in you. Designed in collaboration with patternmeisters Dusen Dusen, it's a quick fix for tired walls. You can join in the fun on their stand at WantedDesign Manhattan, a hothouse of international design at Terminal Stores, 269 11th Avenue (between 27th and 28th Streets). 
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MAST
Mast, Brooklyn's hippest chocolatier, is feted for its innovative flavours and zingy packaging. Each wrapper is a little work of art making Mast's chocolate bars the best dressed on the block. New flavours inspired by sea salt are now available on its stand at Sight Unseen OFFSITE (15th floor, The Grace Building, 1114 Avenue of the Americas), and their cutting-edge showrooms in Brooklyn, Los Angeles and London. Tantalising names like Black Diamond, Bali Reef and Sicilian Coast will excite even the most jaded palates. Mast's recent collaboration with Brooklyn wallpaper design team Calico used a special salt-resist technique combined with watercolour painting to produce what must be the most beautiful packaging ever to grace a bar of chocolate. The question is can you bear to rip it open?
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NYCxDesign is on now until Tuesday 17 May 2016. For further information go to nycxdesign.com

Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei

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It’s the last chance to catch two modern art greats at Melbourne’s 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' show

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Pop Art provocateur Andy Warhol and Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei come together in a celebration of two of contemporary art’s most radical talents. There’s still time to catch ‘Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei’ at Melbourne’s NGV International, with extended hours this weekend before the hit show wraps up Monday on ANZAC Day.

Tickets have been selling like hot bagels/dumplings for this compelling doubleheader, which takes two of the 20th and 21st centuries’ most controversial artists and explores the parallels and contrasts in their work. Developed exclusively by Melbourne’s National Gallery of Victoria and Pittsburgh’s The Andy Warhol Museum, the exhibition follows on from Weiwei’s recent headline-grabbing shows at London's Royal Academy and Copenhagen's Faurschou Foundation. Over 300 works are on display, spanning painting, sculpture, photography, film, publishing and social media.

ABOVE: A young Ai Weiwei imitates Warhol's pose: 'At the Museum of Modern Art', 1987, silver gelatin photo from the 'New York Photographs' series 1983-93, Ai Weiwei Studio
ABOVE RIGHT: Ai Weiwei at the current National Gallery of Victoria exhibition 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei', with his room installation featuring Australian advocates of human rights, photo by John Gollings
BELOW FROM LEFT: Andy Warhol's 'Mao', 1972, acrylic and silkscreen ink on linen; 'Andy Warhol in Tiananmen Square', 1982, photo by Christopher Makos, makostudio.com

Pop Art protagonist Warhol, who died in 1987, represents the ‘American century’, with his bold explorations of consumer culture, capitalism and celebrity (including its dark side, from car crashes to state executions). Artist and social activist Weiwei, born in 1957, is one of the most visible faces of the current ‘Chinese century’, with Asia’s superpower dominating global commerce. There are many crossovers between the pair though, with Weiwei living in the States from 1981 to 1993 where he was inspired by Warhol’s conceptual approach. Weiwei’s interdisciplinary practice also mirrors The Factory, Warhol’s famously bohemian studio, using collaboration and social media to broaden the reach of his art. The exhibition presents more than 200 of Warhol’s iconic works, including his famous ‘Mao’ portrait; Warhol visited China and was intrigued by its iconography and politics. Up for grabs are more than 120 works by Weiwei, making this Australia's most comprehensive retrospective of his output to date.

BELOW: Ai Weiwei goes potty!: 'Coloured Vases', 2006, Neolithic vases (5000-3000 BC) and industrial paint; 'Neolithic Pottery with Coca Cola Logo', 2007, paint, Neolithic ceramic urn; two installation views of the Melbourne 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' exhibition showing Andy Warhol artworks and Ai Weiwei pots, photos by Brooke Holm

ABOVE: 'Dropping a Han Dynasty Urn', 1995, three silver gelatin photographs, Ai Weiwei Studio

We love Weiwei’s jaw-dropping pot pieces, including his vibrant ‘Coloured Vases’ cluster, splattering ancient vases with industrial paint, and culture-clash work ‘Neolithic Pottery with Coca Cola Logo’. Both take an ancient art form and reinvent it for the modern era, offering similar shock tactics to that of British potter Grayson Perry

New commissions include a bespoke installation from Weiwei’s ongoing ‘Forever Bicycles’ series forming an arch at the exhibition entrance. It incorporates 1,400 readymade bicycles, a recurring motif in Weiwei's photos, but here detached from their function in a blur of mesmerising repetition; the individual melds into the multitude. Also new is a major five-metre-tall work from his crystal ‘Chandelier’ series, shaped like an antique Han Dynasty tomb lamp, ‘Blossom 2015’ featuring a bed of delicate porcelain flowers, and the playful 'Caonima (Grass Mud Horse) Balloons and Bird Balloons', a floating inflatable work influenced by Warhol's 'Silver Clouds' 1966.

ABOVE: Installation view of 'Forever Bicycles' by Ai Weiwei at Melbourne's 'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' exhibition, photo by Brooke Holm; Ai Weiwei at the show snapping his 2015 'Caonima Balloons and Bird Balloons' kinetic installation, photo by John Gollings

Don’t miss 'Studio Cats' in the NGV Kids section, which celebrates both artists’ love affair with cats, depicted on wallpaper, film, photos and paper works. In the Fifties Warhol lived with a herd of Siamese cats, and created ink-blot drawings, photos and pictures of them in his early career. More than 30 cats enjoy free reign in Weiwei’s studio, popping up in cameo roles in his social media posts. Weiwei rates felines for their independence, freedom and aloofness, embracing their 21st-century Instagram status. It seems these two cool art cats had a lot in common...
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BELOW FROM TOP: 'Ai Weiwei with cat, @aiww, Instagram', 2006, Ai Weiwei Studio; 'Andy Warhol with Siamese Cat', c. 1957, gelatin silver photograph, by Edward Wallowitch

'Andy Warhol | Ai Weiwei' is at NGV International, 180 St Kilda Road, Melbourne, until 5pm Monday 25 April 2016; extended hours apply including 24-hour opening from 10pm Saturday 23-10pm Sunday 24 April, and a special performance by Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens). It transfers to The Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, USA, from 4 June to 28 August 2016.

LDF 2015 – What's hot at 100% Design?

The big daddy of London design shows, 100% Design, is back in a new venue for London Design Festival 2015. All change...

BY DEE IVA

It’s only a matter of days before London’s biggest design show 100% Design throws open the doors to its brand new home at Olympia. Having vacated Earls Court last year (not more luxury apartments puh-lease), there were rumours of it relocating as far afield as the ExCeL Exhibition Centre in the Docklands. Thankfully, 100% has stayed true to its West London roots, retaining its role as the key design event in the west.

This year, 100% Design has collaborated with trend forecasters WGSN to theme the show around colour. ‘Design In Colour’ will emphasise the importance and impact of colour in the home and will highlight the top colour trends for 2016 throughout the exhibition. As usual, the show will have five distinct sectors, Interiors, Design & Build, Kitchens & Bathrooms, Workplace and Fizz favourite, Emerging Brands. The ever popular Talks with 100% Design forums will once again host stellar guest speakers including Ilse Crawford, Yves Béhar, Afroditi Krassa, Lyndon Neri and The Human League founder Martyn Ware.

We’re gagging with excitement so without further ado, here are our five must-see stands this year….
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FIVE HOT FIZZPICKS AT 100% DESIGN

Kirath Ghundoo Interiors
Kirath Ghundoo's geometric wallpapers are unusual in that she has dispensed with the standard notion of a repeat pattern, creating designs that are meant to clash with each other on the wall. However, Ghundoo's tightly controlled use of colour and pattern manages to hold everything together resulting in striking graphic combinations. Her latest 'Mix 'n' Match 15' collection will be on show at 100%, launching the new Tropic and Monochrome ranges inspired by the sea.
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Delightfull Interiors
Strike up the band! Portuguese design company Delightfull has tickled our fancy with this witty light fitting. Consisting of 24 trumpet-shaped brass lamps, the 'Botti' chandelier is designed to illuminate a room in multiple directions. Choose from four metallic finishes – nickel, nickel and black, gold or copper and black – and you'll be ready to Charleston till the cows come home! 
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Bette Kitchens & Bathrooms
It's about time someone redesigned the freestanding bath in a graphic and contemporary way. Bette's BetteLux Shape series utilises the idea of an outline frame to support its minimal bath and basin in the most elegant fashion we've seen for a long time. A range of accessories is also available including a circular mirror and sleek shelf. We reckon the best dressed bathrooms will be channelling this Mondrian-esque look as it's way ahead in the style stakes.
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Concreate Design & Build
Polished concrete is still probably the most urbane floor treatment in contemporary interiors. But unless you're living in a cutting-edge piece of architecture, they're difficult to install, especially on upper floors. British company Concreate has solved this problem with its ingenious system of concrete panels which can be used to tile floors and walls, bringing industrial chic within the reach of normal homes. Available in four colours and suitable for use with underfloor heating, this sustainable and environmentally sound flooring is ticking all our boxes right now...
concreateflooring.co.uk


Esbe Design Emerging Brands
Two snarling panthers challenge each other on this illustrated sideboard by glass artist Esbe. Influenced by Art Deco and Pop Art, her stylised images are printed on to opaque glass before being mounted on to a matt lacquered or solid wood cabinet. The 'Panther' is the first in a new line of bespoke sideboards which also feature trompe l'oeil drawers and doors. We think Bagheera would approve...
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100% Design runs from 23-26 September (23-25, trade only; 26, public welcome), Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14; 100percentdesign.co.uk