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…
leebroom.com spacefurniture.com.au

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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)

Ostens: Scents and Sensibility

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New scent brand Ostens is channelling the sensory power of fragrance with a vibrant, immersive installation in London

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

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New fragrance brand Ostens wants to change the way we think about scent. The idea is to harness emotions – through the use of single note-inspired scents – and visualize them in terms of colour. Abstract artist Wassily Kandinsky believed that colour is a power that directly influences the soul. Ostens is clearly on the same page.

The conceptual label is currently showcasing its first set of fragrances in a gallery-like space at London’s 62 Blandford Street in Marylebone, debuting with a pink neon-lit, rose-inspired installation designed by Ostens’ Creative Director Mark Wilkie. The sensory experience will constantly evolve with a fresh installation every couple of months to showcase individual perfumes. This is about encountering perfume not through typical advertising but instead by taking in the atmosphere directly and following your nose for yourself.

ABOVE: An eye-popping luminescent pink display in London’s Marylebone showcasing ’Rose OiI Isparta’ from Ostens’ debut fragrance collection
RIGHT: Ostens co-founders Laurent Delafon and Chris Yu outside the Blandford Street store
BELOW: ’Rose Oil Isparta’ eau de parfum, £145 for 50ml; ’Patchouli Heart’ eau de parfum, £85 for 50ml; ’Cedarwood Heart’ fragrance oil, £35 for 9ml

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Ostens is masterminded by two fragrance experts, Laurent Delafon and Chris Yu, who worked with some of the most talented perfumers at International Flavors & Fragrances to craft their new unisex scent collections, launched this December. Creative inspiration came from championing exceptional hero ingredients from Laboratoire Monique Rémy – a world-leading supplier of natural ingredients to the perfume industry, now owned by IFF. The result? Tantalising perfumes designed as an ode to a single note, such as ‘Patchouli Heart No. 1’ by perfumer Domitille Michalon Bertier and ‘Rose Oil Isparta’ by Dominique Ropion. Préparations (perfume oils) intensify and carry the key ingredients, while Impressions (eau de parfum) use the hero elements as a jumping-off point.

Combining perfume with colour and art, Laurent and Chris have taken the olfactive compositions even further by developing a visual language for each of the hero notes, making the invisible visible through the use of colour combinations to evoke emotions generated by the distinctive scents. 
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Ostens offers five Préparations (fragrance oils), from £35 for 9ml, and six Impressions (eau de parfum), from £85 for 50ml. Discover Ostens in residence at 62 Blandford Street, London W1; see website for opening hours.

Claus Porto Takes Manhattan

New Yorkers can snap up a little Portuguese style with the arrival of Claus Porto’s first standalone store outside Portugal. Olá Manhattan!

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

Portuguese label Claus Porto is famed for its exquisitely packaged soaps and, more recently, its revamped ‘Agua de Colonia' fragrance collection (right) created in collaboration with leading British perfumer Lyn Harris. However, until now, the company has been very much under the radar – a secret Lisbon and Porto gem for beauty and graphics enthusiasts alike. This is about to change.

RIGHT: British perfumer Lyn Harris has been instrumental in the brand’s revamp, These five new fragrances are based on a modern interpretation of colognes. ‘Agua de Colonia’ collection, £85 each for 125ml

Claus Porto has just opened a store on Elizabeth Street in Manhattan’s Nolita, the beauty and fragrance label’s first retail space beyond their Portuguese home. Conceived by New York firm Tacklebox Architecture, under the direction of Jeremy Barbour, the scheme is eye-catching in every sense. 

Milled from Portuguese cork, 1,500 faceted white diamond tiles line the walls of the vaulted interior, incorporating carved display niches. A 42-foot-long archway has also been inserted into the ground floor of this early 1800s building. Both pay homage to Portuguese architecture and craftsmanship, with the arch and tiles referencing Porto’s Sao Bento train station, which was first proposed in 1887 – the same year that Claus Porto was founded.

BELOW: The 1,500 faceted diamond tiles were milled from Portuguese cork – a material characteristic to the country – and reference the decorative azulejo tiled façade of the historic Casa dos Bicos in Lisbon

The arch serves as a dramatic portal to welcome visitors into the beautifully patterned and scented world of Claus Porto. It’s an otherwise minimal space, with a monolithic marble wash basin at its heart, celebrating bathing rituals. Yes, the interior is cool and futuristic – but the product remains king. What can we say but obrigado!
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Claus Porto, 230 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012. See Claus Porto’s website for details of their Portuguese stores in Lisbon and Porto.

Goop London Pop-Up

Goop brings its Californian-inspired beauty, fashion and homewares collection to the UK with its debut London pop-up store, a blend of British craftsmanship and West Coast chill

BY CLAIRE BINGHAM

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Gwyneth Paltrow’s Goop has opened in its first UK pop-up store – in London’s Westbourne Grove – and we’re already feeling enriched.

Combining retail therapy with their open-minded and holistic approach to wellbeing as a lifestyle, it is far from wacky and a brilliant new destination for anyone interested in Californian-vibe beauty and style.

Expect a chic, curated collection of Goop’s own-line products, including luxurious, high-performance skincare drawing on organic ingredients, Italian-made limited edition clothing, and pretty plates and glassware by brands such as Mud Australia, Nude Glass and CB2. The understated homewares range features tempting cushions, throws, tableware and kitchen kit.

You’ll also fall for the light-filled, nature-inspired surrounds created by London-based interior designer Fran Hickman. Her vision for the store references the Zen-influenced monochrome paintings of Yves Klein and early physic gardens devoted to the study of restorative plants. Fran worked with local design talents to bring the space to life – Nikki Tibbles of Wild at Heart for planting, Pinch for furniture and beauty displays, Nest Design for the electric-blue curtains in the dressing area, and Vitsoe for its iconic shelving systems. Architectural salvage firm Retrouvius supplied a vintage museum cabinet.

ABOVE: The entrance to Goop’s London pop-up shop is filled with plant displays by Nikki Tibbles.
ABOVE RIGHT: Goop’s own-line detoxifying salt bath soak G.Tox. £30 for 680gm

ABOVE: A deep blue colour scheme channels the ocean on the basement fashion floor; industrial chipboard delivers an inexpensive yet effective display system in the homewares section, flanked by sunny gold paint; Pinch’s smart red ‘Joyce’ cabinet and ‘Clyde’ side table with stripped floorboards and tile details; the ‘Imo’ bench by Pinch in a restful foliage- and light-filled space at the front of the store

Goop celebrates its 10-year anniversary with this London outpost – slated to stay open until 27 January 2019 – setting the stage for further international boutiques. Goop fans in search of their simple yet elegant contemporary pieces can also shop online.
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Goop, 188 Westbourne Grove, London W11

LDF 2015 – Top 5 Design Hotspots at the V&A

Five FizzPicks from the V&A for London Design Festival...

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

We're always happy to ramble around amazing art and design hub the Victoria and Albert Museum, but the London Design Festival provides the perfect excuse to head to this evocative grande dame in the Brompton Design District. A clutch of ten cutting-edge installations is upping the wow factor at the V&A until this Sunday 27 September, and there's even a curated festival shop for snapping up sharp designs such as graphic London art prints by Alfred & Wilde or limited-edition Mast Brothers chocolate bars in jaunty LDF red, white and black. To make the most of this weekend, here are our top five FizzPicks at the V&A...

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Zotem by Kim Thomé with Swarovski
If aliens had landed in the V&A and wanted to send us a message of peace, they could do well to imitate 'Zotem', a towering 18-metre-tall monolith teaming abstract shapes with rainbow colours. By Norwegian-born, London designer Kim Thomé in partnership with Austrian crystal company Swarovski, the installation rises from the museum's Grand Entrance to the Ceramics Gallery on the sixth floor, embedded on both sides with more than 600 custom-made crystals. Scaled up to 2.5 times their usual size, they're displayed in a grid against matt-black aluminium, backed by a continuously looping roll of vividly printed mesh. The result is dynamic colour when light catches the crystals, like some kind of zany god. The piece looks digital but is actually old-school analogue, its name a hybrid of 'totem' and 'zoetrope' in reference to a 19th-century animation device. Thomé wants to draw visitors' eyes up to the glam, oft-ignored galleries overhead, helping them to discover the V&A's interiors afresh. As the Instagram hashtag goes #lookup.
kimthome.com; swarovskigroup.com

Barnaby Barford: The Tower of Babel
Someone else getting on a high is London artist/designer Barnaby Barford, known for his cheeky ceramic figurines that blend tradition with modern wit. For the V&A he has built The Tower of Babel from ceramic shops modelled on individual high-street stores in London. There's a sense of fun but also nostalgic sadness to this six-metre-high sculpture, as many of the 3,000 bone china shops, photographed by the artist and recreated in detail, represent the kinds of stores dying off in the real estate-crazed, consumerist capital. At the top of the pile you'll spy luxe emporiums and bling boutiques; at the bottom, derelict premises down on their luck. Don't worry, though, you can rescue them! All the shops are for sale during the exhibition, blurring the boundaries between art, design and commerce, with prices rising for posher properties. C'est la vie.
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Mise-en-abyme by Laetitia de Allegri and Matteo Fogale with Johnson Tiles
A colourful and immersive installation spanning the bridge over the V&A's Medieval and Renaissance galleries, Mise-en-abyme was dreamed up by London-based duo Laetitia de Allegri from Switzerland and Uruguayan Matteo Fogale. A landscape of overlapping, semi-transparent shapes, inspired by the Renaissance discovery of one-point perspective, it plays with viewers' sense of distance. The grout lines of the floor tiles, by Johnson Tiles, and their gradated custom-colours create an illusion of exaggerated depth, and of space closing in and opening out. As you walk through, the portals in the acrylic panels get smaller in a literal experience of perspective. The bright colours riff on the museum's historic stained glass, while the light, floaty feel contrasts with the heavy marble in the surrounding galleries. The title is French for 'placed into abyss', but this is one abyss we're happy to plumb.
laetitiadeallegri.com; matteofogale.com

The Cloakroom by Faye Toogood with Kvadrat
At the Fizz we don't need an excuse to sashay around in a marvellous coat, but thanks to The Cloakroom by Brit designer Faye Toogood we can explore the V&A in style. At Room 55, visitors can don one of 150 navigational Toogood coats, crafted from high-tech, compressed foam textile 'Highfield' by Kvadrat, hand-treated so each is unique. Each coat comes with a sewn-in map guiding you on a tour of ten sculptural Toogood garment installations dotted around the V&A, inspired by her favourite pieces from a wood-panelled chamber to a suit of armour. The garments are formed from non-traditional clothing materials, including fibreglass, wood and metal, breaking down the barriers between fashion and design. Although Toogood is known for her furniture (see her graphic interior The Drawing Room at Somerset House for LDF15), she also crafts garments with her pattern cutter sister Erica, and the V&A coats are based on her voluminous early Oil Rigger design. 'I want to take people on a journey of discovery through the depths of the Museum,' says Toogood. The Sartorialist would approve!
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Curiosity Cloud by mischer'traxler with Perrier-Jouët and Lobmeyr
Celebrating our interactions with transient nature and the Art Deco movement's love affair with insect motifs, 'Curiosity Cloud' is a bewitching kinetic installation by Austrian duo mischer'traxler in collaboration with French champagne house Perrier-Jouët. Set in the Norfolk House Music Room, it comprises 250 mouth-blown glass globes in three sizes by Viennese glass company Lobmeyr. Each globe contains a single hand-fabricated insect, printed onto laser-cut foil and hand-embroidered, representing 25 different species from common to newly discovered and endangered. From a distance they seem calm, but as visitors approach the softly lit installation they react via motion sensors, fluttering more intensely in their glass bulbs. The designers discuss the project here. If you miss it in London, why not catch it later in Champagne?
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London Design Festival Shop
Need to refuel? You can't beat the Mast Brothers limited edition chocolate bars, specially created for LDF15 and sold at the pop-up London Design Festival Shop at the V&A, designed by LORIS&LIVIA in baby-blue Corian. They're too gorgeous to eat. Almost...

10-17. London Design Festival is at the V&A, Cromwell Road, South Kensington, London SW7 until Sunday 27 September 2015. Open 10am-5.45pm; vam.ac.uk  londondesignfestival.com