COLOURS, PRINTS AND TEXTILES: Florence Broadhurst wallpapers, rugs, and fabrics

Gwyneth Paltrow in her Hamptons home with Florence Broadhurst fabric on bench seat

Gwyneth Paltrow in her Hamptons home with Florence Broadhurst “Circles and Squares” fabric on the bench seat



UPDATED: I adore Florence Broadhurst prints and, once we have some money, I’m going to get the chaise longue in our bedroom recovered in the black and grey aka “bley” Circles and Squares print.

Or perhaps the newer red and pink Mount Perry Cherry & Magenta design.

How divine, no? It’s costly but worth saving up for. The sophistication of her prints is legendary. Keep reading for more…



Florence Broadhurst black grey bley circles and square fabric


As I’ve adored Hollywood Regency style for years now, especially anything glamarama and with Chinoiserie influences, it’s unlikely that I’m going to suddenly become a minimalist overnight, so I see this as an investment piece worth indulging in.


Bamboo Lattice - Florence Broadhurst designs


Florence Broadhurst (1899-1977) was an Australian painter, print maker, sculptor and designer and businesswoman, who created a series of beautiful pieces,but is sadly remembered for her unsolved murder in her Paddington, Sydney studio in 1977.


florence broadhurst rugs - japanese-floral saffron


She established Australian (Hand Printed) Wallpapers Pty Ltd in 1959 (later Florence Broadhurst Wallpapers Pty Ltd) and by 1972, her collection of wallpapers was estimated to contain 800 designs in 80 different colours.


Red coral black steps print - Florence Broadhurst


Signature Prints in Sydney, Australia have the exclusive rights to Florence Broadhurst fabrics and are the custodians of the Florence Broadhurst design library (see Florence’s bio), and Cadrys, also in Sydney, have produced Florence Broadhurst rugs.


Cockatoos - florence broadhurst textiles - green


There is also a more recent Florence Broadhurst-KateSpade collaboration, as well as designers Akira IsogawaNicky Zimmermann and Karen Walker. The range of Florence Broadhurst items now extends to wallpapers, print making, fabrics (including cushion covers) and fashion accessories.


Kate Spade Florence Broadhurst IKEDA FABRIC SYDNEY bag



Further reading and viewing:

See also the Gillian Armstrong docu-drama “Unfolding Florence: The Many Lives of Florence Broadhurst” starring Felicity Price, from 2006, and this article by Mindy Laube in the Sydney Morning Herald from 2008.



Scroll through these Florence Broadhurst photos:


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And re-pin them via our FLORENCE BROADHURST board on Pinterest.



Cadrys have a more extensive biography about Florence’s colourful life here, plus there are two great books:


florence broadhurst cushions


See also our Florence Broadhurst photo gallery on Facebook and Textiles: Florence Broadhurst board on Pinterest.








Own some of your own Florence Broadhurst designs via these suggestions:

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Cheers, Natasha







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