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Lee Broom’s New York Top 4: “Sleeping Beauties” at the Met, The Odeon, Frenchette, and More

The spirited, UK-based product designer illuminates his brand’s wondrous presentation during New York Design Week, new exhibitions he has a keen eye on, and the unparalleled vivacity of the city in the spring.


The British designer Lee Broom founded his eponymous design brand in 2007 to conceive rapturous furniture, lighting, and accessories creations. The luminary’s timeless yet striking works are found in the world’s most elegant restaurants, hotels, and private homes and in heavenly collaborations with premier brands such as Mulberry, Wedgwood, Christian Louboutin, and Bergdorf Goodman.

On the heels of exhibiting at NYCxDESIGN 2024, Broom sat down with Whitewall to discuss dramatic influences, hosting a vivacious launch party for his latest collection “Alechemist,” and New York’s gastronomical essentials. Visit whitewall.art to learn more.

Lee Broom's Alchemist Collection in the New York Penthouse The “Alchemist” collection in the New York Penthouse, courtesy of Lee Broom.

WHITEWALL: For NYCxDESIGN 2024, you debuted a new lighting collection named “Alechmist” at your New York penthouse in TriBeCa. Can you tell us about how this was seen in your home?

LEE BROOM: We transformed the space to house the new collection exclusively for design week where viewers could observe the pieces in a gallery-style setting. The main room of the penthouse took the visitor on a journey of the Alchemist, which is inspired by the book of the same name by Paulo Cohelo. Each lighting piece was cocooned in drapery reminiscent of bedouin tents and artworks reflecting the inspiration of the story and materiality of the products. 

This was our first U.S. debut of a collection, divided into four unique lighting ranges—Mythos, King, Solstice and Gemini—which center on the concept of alchemy and the balance and interconnection of sculptural metal forms containing light.

WW: What are you looking forward to experiencing in New York in this spring?

LB: I’ve had a busy few weeks seeing old friends, making new contacts, and being inspired by the energy in the city during NYCxDESIGN. I did a talk at ICFF centered around the ideas of creativity, craft, and conquering the U.S. Market with Dan Rubinstein of “The Grand Tourist podcast,” followed by an ICFF podcast with Doug Shapiro, which was interesting. I hosted a launch party in the penthouse which was attended by friends, press, and industry contacts. It was great fun and enabled everyone to see the collection for the first time. It was the NYCxDESIGN awards this week, and our king lighting piece won Best Chandelier, which I’m thrilled about. I’ve also attended lots of parties such as Calico and Apparatus.

“I’ve had a busy few weeks seeing old friends, making new contacts, and being inspired by the energy in the city during NYCxDESIGN,” — Lee Broom

Portrait of Lee Broom with the Alchemist Collections in the New York Penthouse Portrait of Lee Broom with the “Alchemist” collection in the New York Penthouse, courtesy of Lee Broom.

WW: What caught your eye at NYCxDesign?

LB: Ralph Pucci, Calico wallpaper, Prada Home at Artemest Galleria, Quarters, and Egg Collective

WW: What are the exhibitions on your must-see list?

LB: Definitely “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” at The Met. And R&Company has a new exhibition from Ashley Hicks called “Manhattan Stones,” which looks great. TriBeCa has so many amazing new gallery spaces which have all opened up in the past two years. 

Essentials on the New York Restaurant Scene

WW: Where are your go-to places to grab a bite or drink after and opening?

LB: Again in TriBeCa is Odeon, which is essentially a New York institution on the restaurant scene. I also love Frenchette, which is close by. 

WW: Anything else you’re looking forward to this season? 

LB: The combination of new works, exhibitions, and events with sunnier weather. New York really comes alive from May onward.

Lee Broom’s Best of New York this Spring:

1.  Discover “Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion” at The Met

“Sleeping Beauties Reawakening Fashion” at The Met Published by The Met.

The Costume Institute’s spring 2024 exhibition, Sleeping Beauties: Reawakening Fashion, reactivates the sensory capacities of masterworks in the Museum’s collection through first-hand research, conservation analysis, and diverse technologies—from cutting-edge tools of artificial intelligence and computer-generated imagery to traditional formats of x-rays, video animation, light projection, and soundscapes. — Source

2. Journey through “Ashley Hicks: Manhattan Stones” at R&Company

ASHLEY HICKS, MANHATTAN STONES at R&COMPANY Installation view of “Ashley Hicks: Manhattan Stones,” published by R&Company.

Renowned British architect and interior designer, Ashley Hicks, makes a triumphant return to R & Company with his highly anticipated second solo exhibition, “Manhattan Stones.” Throughout his illustrious career, Hicks has left an indelible mark on the design world, crafting complete interiors and curating bespoke lines of handcrafted fabrics, carpets, furniture, and objets d’art. — Source

3. The Best of Times Await at The Odeon Restaurant 

Published by The Odeon, New York.

In its iconic bistro setting, French-American dishes, delicious brunch must-haves, late night indulgences, and glorious cocktails culminate in a warm and legendary dining spot adored by the city’s cultural figureheads.

4. Relax and Refresh at Frenchette 

Frenchette New York Published by Frenchette, New York.

Enjoy succulent oysters, duck frites, or the luminous pea leaf salad, along with a divine natural wine list, at the serene contemporary French bistro. 

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