Lee Broom has unveiled a new chair silhouette, Maestro, in a virtual presentation with a little help from London’s Parallax Orchestra during London Design Festival 2020.
The Maestro draws inspiration from Broom’s long-held passion for mid-century design as well as his great love of classical music – perfectly married in the clip presented above and an exclusive snippet you can find on Schön!’s Instagram. “Reminiscent of the coils and wraps of musical instruments, its contours have been created by three continuous hand-bent, hand-polished and plated tubes, which form a seamless, circular-like embrace around the chair’s upholstered seat and back,” a press release for the chair reads.
“Music plays a big part in everything I do from the design process to the final presentation of my work. It continually informs and directs where I take my work as a designer. Having previously been inspired by contemporary or cinematic music in the past, lately I began to develop a profound interest in more classical music, which has inspired me greatly. Not just the music, but the instruments too have informed the design of this chair: from the coils of a French horn to the curvature of a violin. Much like a chair, they have their beauty and they have their function,” Broom said in the release. “What I find interesting about chairs is that they are mostly viewed from the back, therefore this perspective was a very important to me when creating the silhouette. Even though the chair is simple in its three connecting tubes, when you rotate the chair it looks completely different from every angle and each one has its own character and elegance.”
words. Sara Delgado