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Even if, like me, you long ago renounced organized religion, Lee Broom’s “Divine Inspiration” exhibition during Milan Design Week might have sent chills up your spine. Hail, the first lighting piece you encounter, rains down six metres from a lofty ceiling, its illuminated shards evoking the shafts of sunlight that beam down from cathedral lancet windows — or the spears of gold that struck Saint Teresa’s ecstatic heart as she received God’s love.

Both references reflect Lee Broom’s intentions — he likens the effect of this supersized version of Hail to “the Rapture” — but it is the merging of the two, the spiritual and the architectural, that elevated his presentation beyond your typical product launch. (In fact, to even refer to it...

Lee Broom’s Heavenly Milan Show Made You See the Light

British designer Lee Broom staged his first show in four years – the lighting series Divine Inspiration – and it was well worth the wait.

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