In April 2012 Lee Broom launched his first, solo exhibition in Milan during the Salone del Mobile, entitled Public House. The show marked the fifth anniversary of the Lee Broom brand, showcasing a selection of Broom’s hero pieces in one curated space, for the first time.
Inspired by the age-old institution of the British pub, with a multi-dimensional, surreal twist, Public House brought a truly British experience to the Ventura Lambrate design district. Reflecting a common theme in Broom’s work, materials used within the exhibition were of authentic British origin, reclaimed from old pubs. Deconstructed oak panelling, etched glass and an ornate wooden bar will acted as eclectic, statement backdrops to Broom’s British designed and manufactured collections.
This cultural amalgam of old meets new was reflected in Broom’s collections on show. New pieces, including the Crystal Bulb (see products) and exciting new editions to existing products complemented Broom’s core collections, showcasing the scope and variety of his work.
Public House also complemented the launch of Broom’s collaboration with renowned international Scotch whisky, Ballantine’s 12 Year Old. Broom designed an exclusive serving ritual, influenced by vintage crystal whisky decanters, with a very modern twist, which was also launched at the exhibition (see collborations).