World-famous designer Lee Broom’s Tribeca penthouse is imagined as a series of short stories—each room imbued with a distinct personality.


With clean shapes and neutral tones, the home boasts a pristine aesthetic.

The Client

Renowned designer Lee Broom was looking to establish roots in Tribeca as he moves between New York and London for work each year. Alongside stylist Michael Reynolds and photographer Stephen Kent Johnson, Broom imagined this home as a personal expression of his style and layered the space with numerous pieces from his vast art collection. Spanning the fifth and sixth floors of the building, this abode is the epitome of luxury.


All lighting in the master bedroom by Lee Broom.

The Priority

Broom’s mission was simple: to create a living space that could be viewed as a series of vignettes, with each room having its own look and feel that differentiate it from the rest of the apartment. The monochromatic living room welcomes guests in, the marble of the bathrooms displays a sense of regality, and the deep blues of the dining room transport any guest into an entirely new world.

The Challenge

With much of the construction taking place during the COVID-19 pandemic, Broom was forced to leave New York and finish the rest of the design from his residence in London. He was able to imagine each room virtually and confirm with architects that his vision was being executed through a number of video calls. On top of that, being on the sixth floor of a Tribeca building presents its own moving challenges— his bar cart had to be craned into the space from six stories down.


Travertine Fulcrum candlesticks by Lee Broom sit atop the fireplace.

The Inspiration

Many of the colors and accents of the space were inspired by its outdoor surroundings. The blues of the dining room complement the New York horizon, with sunlight seeping in from the terrace that fills the apartment with color. Natural lighting served as a main inspiration to Broom in his design choices, selecting materials like white ash wood in the White Street modular sofa collection that plays well with the brightness the home is provided with.


The Lee Broom White Street modular sofa in the living room was designed specifically for this space.

The Details

Housing a vast art collection, the details of the apartment are exquisite thanks to Broom’s taste and design skill. With unique pieces like a leather jacket painted by Keith Haring hanging in his personal study, this penthouse is a treasure trove of hidden gems. In the living room, a hanging hoop chair acts as the statement piece; Beyoncé used the exact same model in her “Already” music video for Black Is King.

Lee Broom Photography Stephen Kent Johnson

Lee Broom

The Outcome

The distinct elements of the space meld to create a truly unique result in one of the most luxurious neighborhoods in the city. It feels fitting that the only way to access the home is through a private elevator. Broom’s design, along with all the help he received throughout the pandemic, comes together to create a home that is as lively as its owner. Each room contains its own universe, yet they all work together in the most cohesive of ways.


Musico chairs by Lee Broom in the dining room feature hand-bent, intricately twisted stainless-steel tubes.