|Pictured: Lee Broom, Aurora Chandeliers|
To those outside of the core design world, approaching a design project is mostly about selecting pieces that can inspire everyday life but that doesn't venture too far into the sphere of being dynamic.
That was my general thoughts when I had the pleasure of attending one of the North American tour stops for Lee Broom's "Observatory" lighting collection at Scott+Cooner in Dallas' Design District.
I would never call myself a design novice. This lifestyle blog is filled with mind bending stories of great design and decor with people whose passions celebrate how we live in our everyday surroundings. However, I wasn't quite sure what to expect.
But after seeing the vibrancy of the illustrious crowd who had gathered to celebrate Lee Broom, I knew there was something different about this collection than anything I had ever seen.
To introduce you to "Observatory", listen to this short video of Lee Broom describing the inspiration for this four part series...
As you can tell, like all great fashion designers, Lee Broom chose an inspiration from one genre of our world (space, ceestials) and used it to create mind bending pieces that create synergy with the world of design.
And what was even more surprising to me was how practical Lee Broom's pieces are to everyday life!
I had always relegated fussy design into the same bucket as haute couture: jaw dropping to look at but not really serving a useful purpose for living.
How Lee Broom is able to strike a balance of reimagining high design with celestial inspiration and pieces serving a real practicality is what makes the Observatory collection genius...even obvious to someone like me who is outside the core design community.
Here are some of my specific notes and descriptive thoughts on Lee Broom's "Observatory" Collection and I can say I certainly understand why he has already won a couple of global awards while showcasing this powerfully practical high design collection.
But unlike haute couture, it is offered at chicy design showrooms like Scott+Cooner, therefore making preeminent design available to all...and that's fabulous!
|Eclipse: Front View, Wall Cutout|
|Eclipse: Side View, Wall Cutout|
Four Sub-Collections: Aurora, Eclipse, Tidal, Orion
Collection Collective: Seven individual pieces
Key Aspects: Solar system, celestial bodies, simplicity in shape and silhouette, constellation, modernity
Stand Out Features: reflection and refraction using lenses and light
|Brilliant Aurora LED Chandelier|
|Orion: Horizontals and Verticals|
Scott+Cooner Lee Broom Launch Party Pics
|Lee Broom at Scott+Cooner|
|Lloyd Cooner and Party Attendees|
|Up Close and Personal: Eclipse Chandelier|
|Vibrant Crowd (Lens Flair Pieces in Foreground)|