We have long been admirers of British designer Lee Broom, and while London is the city he calls home, New York City spends a lot of time in New York City, both for work and pleasure. Wanting to find somewhere to return to after long, hectic days in the evenings, Broom bought a duplex apartment on two floors of White Street in Tribeca. The light-flooded penthouse extends over 3,000 square meters and provides a generous backdrop for work, as this project represents his first interior design project since 2015. While Broom is best known for its modern lighting, he was inspired to design an entire collection of furniture and accessories just for the penthouse, all of which will hit the market this year. The space conveys a sense of greeting of calm and perfectly shows off its flawless aesthetic, visible through beautifully curated vignettes. “What appealed to me about this penthouse was that it wasn’t just one expansive space, but had many different rooms and areas to explore, which gave me the opportunity to create vignettes in each room, each with its own style have to work within an overarching design scheme. This is in contrast to my apartment in London, which is very open, ”says Broom.
A hanging hoop chair made of brushed brass and black Kvadrat wool hangs near the window, perfect for looking out over the city. If the chair sounds familiar, you may remember Beyoncé resonating in you in her video “Already” from her visual album “Black is King”.
This special apartment really appealed to me – it is a light-flooded, 3,000 square meter area with spacious high ceilings and flowing daylight. The entire building has already been extensively and sustainably restored, so the treatment was more cosmetic from the renovation perspective. However, we’ve added some new structural details like the chimney chest and fire surround, and removed doors and archways to open up the space.
The living room has a monochromatic color palette accented with brushed brass, gunmetal, and matte black. “The focus of the living room is the new White Street sofa, which was specially developed for this environment. It’s an architectural, streamlined, modular piece that can be arranged in multiple configurations and connected by molded armrests, corner and side tables in white or black ash, ”says Broom. “The sofa fabric is a soft ivory bouclé that contrasts nicely with the harder wooden ends. And with its expansive and curved back, the sofa almost seems to float, anchored only by its connections. It’s all about balance. “
Various Lee Broom lights are installed throughout the living room, including the Carousel XL chandelier made of polished gunmetal, the Lens Flair in matt black and the Crescent table lamp. “This room also features the new Tribeca tables, a series of sculptural side and coffee tables that reflect the same floating concept as the sofa and seem to defy gravity. The smooth, round table arms are made of black silk marble and travertine and are perfectly balanced over a monolithic square base, ”says Broom. “The tables also have a tiered detail that reflects the local architecture, notably the Long Lines building, a brutalist skyscraper from the 1970s that is visible from my apartment.”
Broom dispenses with typical pendants hanging over kitchen islands and shows two tubular lights made of Carrara marble and brushed brass. In keeping with the building’s commitment to sustainability, all wood used in the kitchen is over 300 years old and the marble comes from Vermont’s underground marble quarry.
Overlooking the terrace and One World Trade, the dining room is adorned with dramatic blue moiré walls and gray velvet pleated curtains, as well as polished and brushed stainless steel accents like the new Lee Broom Musico chairs and the round Musico dining table.
A white split mirror and a drunken end table accentuate a seating area in the corner of the dining room.
A vintage bar from the 1980s designed by Steve Chase for the Chase Residence in Laguna Beach, California finds a new home at Broom.
A vintage stainless steel and brass bed from the 1960s was too big for Broom’s London home, but luckily it’s perfect for his master bedroom in New York.
Polished gunmetal Orion Lights hang over an archived Broom sofa designed in 2011.
Photography by Stephen Kent Johnson.
Styled by Michael Reynolds.