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)

Bohinc Studio

Lara Bohinc, the fashionistas' favourite jewellery designer, has a chic new London space to play house in. Step into her gem of a showroom...

BY DEE IVA

‘Jewellery for the home’ is how Slovenian jewellery designer Lara Bohinc describes her venture into furniture, lighting and accessories. Having wowed the fashion intelligentsia with her delicate filigree jewellery designs since graduating from London's Royal College of Art in 1997, Bohinc is having the same effect on the world of interiors.

So much so that she launched Bohinc Studio in 2016 to continue her foray into homewares and has now opened a new showroom in West London to share the results. Set on the ground floor of a Grade II-listed townhouse, it's the perfect setting to view her elegant marble, brass, glass and ceramic collections, backdropped by period cornicing and bold geometric-patterned marble floors.

ABOVE: Lara Bohinc's new West London showroom
ABOVE RIGHT: Designer Lara Bohinc
BELOW: Bohinc's 'Collision Console' table, £15,550, and 'Collision Large Table Light', £4,815

Bohinc’s first furniture design the rotating marble-and-brass ‘Solaris Kinetic Table’, part of the 'Lunar Collection' for Lapicida, can be seen here but we’re particularly taken with the new ‘Collision Console’ table, also for the luxe UK stone specialist. A star piece in her chic showroom, the simple geometric shape echoes Bohinc’s jewellery, albeit on a much larger scale. Also on show is the ‘Fortress’ collection of ceramic vases, inspired by octagonal towers at Diocletian's Palace in Split, Croatia, sinuous Murano glass 'Venturi' vases, and the deconstructed gold-and-white ceiling and table lights from the ‘Collision’ series.

BELOW: The 'Fortress' collection of vases in white, gold and bronze, from £625

Welcome to grown-up glamour for the well-heeled home...
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Bohinc Studio, Ground Floor, 59 Kensington Gardens Square, London W2. Open daily from 10am to 6pm by appointment only

Moooi London

Daring Dutch design brand Moooi has launched a playful new London flagship store. Shop till you pop!

BY DEE IVA

The world of Dutch design has touched down in London with the launch of the striking new Moooi showroom in the heart of the West End. Having vacated its previous riverside premises on Bankside, the flamboyant, super-contemporary label, co-founded by Marcel Wanders, has moved to Great Titchfield Street in Fitzrovia. Home to brands such as Fritz Hansen and Ligne Roset, the area is fast becoming the destination of choice for international design brands looking for a London base.

Moooi's signature collections, past and present, are on show here, promising 'Rebellious Harmony'. Classic pieces like Bertjan Pot's 'Heracleum' lights are joined by Arihiro Miyake's new 'Coppélia' wire LED chandelier and stellar designs from the new Moooi Carpets collection, including dark floral 'Fool's Paradise' by Wanders (below). Also to celebrate the opening of the Fiztrovia store, Nika Zupanc's pretty 'Lolita' lamp has been reissued as a special edition in dusky pink, dubbed 'London Rosé'. 

Look out for British talent too, with established designer Ross Lovegrove contributing bold new rugs to Moooi, and London-born fresh face Umut Yamac creating the brilliant bird-shaped 'Perch' light for this year's Milan fair. 'Mooi' means 'beautiful' in Dutch; Moooi's extra o proves they take it to the extreme...
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Moooi is at 23 Great Titchfield Street, London W1

ABOVE RIGHT: Moooi co-founder Marcel Wanders prepares to give his opening speech at the Moooi London launch party
BELOW: Covetable furniture, lighting, rugs and accessories in the dramatic new Moooi London store

Vivid Sydney 2016

Bright-spark festival Vivid Sydney illuminates the city again, bringing lights, music, ideas and design to the party

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Vivid Sydney is back, bringing illumination and inspiration to the Harbour City. Whether you're into laser light shows, 3D-mapping projections, large-scale installations, edgy gigs or intriguing talks, you'll find something to entertain you in this ever-popular event, which this year offers an extended 23-night run until 18 June.

Exploring lights, music and ideas, Vivid is the largest festival of its kind, shining a light on the city's architecture and technology, and tapping into light-bulb thinking. Alongside the core precincts, 2016 sees three more districts added to the mix – Taronga Zoo, The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney and mall The Galeries – as well as an expanded number of venues and guest speakers. There's also a cluster of strong design dates for your diary. Here are our top festival tips...

ABOVE: Vivid Sydney's Harbour Lights with ferries and boats lit by LEDs; Sydney Harbour Bridge and the Opera House are also illuminated
BELOW: Sydney Opera House's 'Lighting the Sails: Songlines' projection including art by Donny Woolagoodja; Customs House; MCA; Cadmans Cottage; Circular Quay

Vivid Light: Core precincts
6pm-11pm (until 18 June)
Kick things off at Vivid's hub at Sydney Opera House and Circular Quay, with more than 60 cutting-edge lighting installations along the Vivid Light Walk, including major projections at the Customs House ('Sydney's Hidden Stories'), MCA ('The Matter of Painting') and Cadmans Cottage ('Impossible Voyage'). A wow this year is the 'Lighting The Sails, Songlines' at Sydney Opera House, which screens work by six artists from different Aboriginal clans onto the building's shells. From vibrant flora and fauna to black-and-white human figures and earthy brown palettes it's a strong statement, including work by Fizz favourite, street artist Reko Rennie. Keep going into The Rocks, Campbell's Cove and Walsh Bay for more, including luminescent laneway stunner 'Tectonic', formed from 1,500 suspended, upcycled PET bottles filled with tonic water. Harbour Lights sees boats and ferries lit up with LEDs, while for the first time many of the skyscrapers facing the Quay are given the colour-block lighting treatment ('Dress Circle'). Intel's 'Drone 100' will see 100 illuminated drones take to the skies for five nights only (8-12 June, 7.55pm), performing a colourful choreographed seven-minute routine over Sydney Harbour. Controlled by one main pilot, the bespoke animation will be set to music.

BELOW: Martin Place's 'Fountain' installation; Central Park beckons with a 'Silent Disco' and architectural projections

You can spy the towering columns of light created by 'Geometrics' from across town, let alone from beneath the kinetic sculpture at central-city precinct Martin Place; nearby 'Fountain' live-streams global birth data as 'human water droplets' to highlight our burgeoning 7.4 billion population. Further afield, Central Park teams a 'Silent Disco' with arty projections onto the former Carlton & United Brewery building in 'X Factory' (5.30pm-10pm). 


Vivid Light: Taronga Zoo
Bradleys Head Rd, Mosman (5.30pm-9.30pm, last entry 9pm, until 18 June)
Vivid's wildest new precinct for 2016 is Taronga Zoo, featuring 'Be the Light for the Wild', an illuminated trail of 10 critically endangered species from Australia and Sumatra, including the Asian elephant and platypus. Created by Ample Projects, the giant multimedia sculptures include interactive lighting, sound effects and moving parts, making them among the largest and most technologically advanced lanterns to appear at Vivid. A supporting cast of creatures, from an echidna to a crocodile and pygmy tarsiers, ups the cuteness ante. Pre-purchase tickets online ($17.95 adults, $11.95 kids aged 4-15); entry costs aid the conservation effort.

ABOVE: Animal lanterns at Sydney's Taronga Zoo, including a vibrant echidna, pygmy tarsiers and a crocodile


Vivid Light: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney
Entry Queen Elizabeth II Gates via Opera House Forecourt (6pm-11pm, until 18 June)
A new precinct for 2016 is The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, where trees and plants will be lit up with a magical cluster of light art for Vivid. Highlights include the glittering 'Cathedral Of Light', a sinuous long arched tunnel onlookers can walk through, framing views of the Opera House. Made up of thousands of dazzling LED lights, it takes its cue from the traditional arched windows of historic churches and is selfie heaven. Also look out for 3D-mapped fig tree projection 'Synthesis', interactive installation 'Sentiment Cocoon' and fantastical 'Will 'o the Wisps'.

ABOVE: The Royal Botanic Garden Sydney, featuring Vivid crowd favourite the arched 'Cathedral Of Light', tree projection 'Synthesis' and interactive experience 'Sentiment Cocoon'


Vivid Music: Björk
Carriageworks, 245 Wilson Street, Eveleigh (10am-6pm, 4-18 June)
Tickets for Björk's two DJ sets for the opening of 'Björk Digital' at Carriageworks (3 and 4 June) went quicker than a hot toddy in a Reykjavik bar, but you can still see the world premiere of her new touring virtual reality project, which takes over the evocative former rail yards until 18 June. Divided into five spaces and accompanied by collaborations with key filmmakers and programmers, the exhibition draws heavily on videos created for recent album 'Vulnicura' (above) and 'Biophilia', including immersive spaces, surround-sound and 360-degree film. 'I felt it was time to premiere my recent virtual reality stuff,' says Björk, 'We have made seven 360-degree videos for 'Vulnicura', and I am enthusiastic about this natural continuity of the music video; the intimacy, and total merge of surround-sound and vision, makes VR an ideal home.' It's free to attend, but book asap for the virtual reality rooms.


Vivid Music: New Order
Sydney Opera House (until 5 June)

New Order's four gigs at the Sydney Opera House, showcasing recent album 'Music Complete', may be sold out, but you can still see images of the band, including iconic portraits of their earlier incarnation as Joy Division, in a free photography exhibition in the Concert Hall Northern Foyers. By UK photographer Kevin Cummins, known for documenting the Manchester music scene, it runs until 5 June (6pm-late). The show is accompanied by artwork for the band by seminal British graphic designer Peter Saville, famous for setting the house style for Manchester's Factory Records label as their hugely influential art director. As part of Vivid's 'New Order Project', a talk with New Order in conversation with filmmaker/MFS label head Mark Reeder has just been announced for Friday 3 June (6.30pm, Playhouse); get in quick.

ABOVE: New Order plays the Opera House (photo, Nick Wilson)


ABOVE: Factory Design District in Waterloo showcases local talent and products, such as ISM Objects' 'Wink' table lamp, Studio Liam Mugavin's glass-topped 'Tangle' table and Boardgrove Architects' 'Two Tables'

Vivid Ideas: Factory Design District
901 Bourke Street, Waterloo (3-5 June, 11am to 6pm, 5pm and 4pm respectively)

Factory Design District takes over creative co-working space COMMUNE in Waterloo for three days, hosting industry talks, demonstrations and workshops, celebrating Australian design talent, the authentic and the handmade. Over 30 local designers, producers and makers are on board, with a curated exhibition including furniture by Jonathan West, bespoke joiner JP Finsbury, Boardgrove Architects and Studio Liam Mugavin, lighting by Abalos and accessories by The Fortynine.

Up-and-coming Thirroul-based designer Trent Jansen, who worked with Marcel Wanders, is speaking on Friday (4pm-5.30pm, ticketed), while established brand founders from Dinosaur Designs, TaitMUD Australia and ISM Objects give a talk Sunday (11.30am-1pm, ticketed), alongside a showcase of their recent designs. New Zealand lighting and furniture whizz David Trubridge discusses design copyright on Sunday (2pm-5pm), which is also market day with COMMUNE's Locally Made (11am-4pm) featuring some of Sydney's best inner-west makers across crafts, arts, fashion and music. See Factory Design District's own website for full details. Food and drink is local too, with contributions from Newtown's Young Henrys brewing co, Bloodwood and Continental Deli, St Peters' Urban Winery and Mecca Coffee.

Vivid Ideas: Design (various)
Museum of Contemporary Art Australia, Level 6 Terrace Entrance (Circular Quay West Side)
The MCA is also hosting a few interesting design talks and interactive workshops, covering everything from humble design (7 June, 2pm-4pm) to 3D printing (8 June, 8am-10am) and the ethics of drones (8 June, 5pm-7pm). Check out Vivid's website for more events tackling architecture, digital design and so-now social media for your own lightbulb moment...

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Vivid Sydney runs until 18 June 2016, with lights on from 6pm (usually until 11pm). Most of the public light art is free, but some events require booking or tickets. Lead image, Destination NSW

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