Thursday, September 9, 2010

Designer Crush - Florence Broadhurst

I have recently developed a bit of an obsession with the wonderful designs of Florence Broadhurst.

For those that don't know, Florence was an exceptionally talented (and eccentric) singer, painter, designer and patron of the arts who was born in rural Queensland in 1899. After a fascinating life abroad, perfoming across Asia and Britain, she moved back to Australia, where in 1959 she started the business for which she has become famous - designing and creatng the most AMAZING hand printed wallpaper. 
 Florence Broadhurst shunned the ideas of convention and mass production and created the most divine designs in unique and luxurious patterns using combinations of fuscia pinks, lemon yellows, lime greens, vivid oranges, turquoise, blacks, metallic silvers and gold.
She called her revolutionary handprinted creations “Vigorous designs for modern living”.
Florence worked voraciosly up until the time of her dealth in 1977 - she was murdered in her home at age 78.

Florence's designs are now made into a plethora of drool-worthy products including luxurious fabrics and home furnishings such as rugs, cushions and lamps.

I have just started my collection with the purchase of a piece of this piece of wonderfulness:

I can see that this is going to be the start of a life-long love affair...


(images from here and here and here and here) 


HiiRagi said...

mmmm...i love her stuff too. Akira Isogawa, the Australian fashion designer, used her patterns in a collection a couple of years ago. You should check them out too....

whatkatiedidnext said...

Oh holly! I don't think I should!! My bank card will kill me X x ok, maybe just a peek...