Thursday, 2 May 2013

Seeing Florence Broadhurst everywhere

I love the textiles and wallpapers designed by Florence Broadhurst. There is something so luxe and flamboyant about her designs, which originally had their heyday in the 60s and 70s in Australia.

Over the past decade or so the Florence Broadhurst collection which is owned by Signature Prints has enjoyed a renaissance with a growing presence in mainstream retail stores. Last year, Kate Spade NY successfully used the Broadhurst designs for clothing, accessories and homewares which were sold throughout the US.

Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral canape plates by Kate Spade

For my last birthday, I was given an exquisite set of canape plates in the Florence Broadhurst Japanese Floral pattern. To say I love them, would be an understatement.

Florence Broadhurst fingers by Kate Spade iPhone cover
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In Australia, Domayne online currently have a range of Florence Broadhurst bed linen and cushions that are calling my name like a siren to a scurvy-ridden sailor...although I am just waiting to see if they go on sale, as it is my mission to never pay full retail...

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Imagine... I could have canapes in a matching bed!

David Jones have, as part of their 175th Anniversary, released a limited edition series of toiletry bags and accessories in the Kabuki pattern. The prices for the small cosmetic bags are very reasonable.

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Next month Rapee are hopping on board the Florence Broadhurst train, launching napery and cushions that will be centred on 11 archival prints. The Broadhurst collection will be released through Australian department stores and boutique homeware retailers with premium silk jacquard, linen and cotton fabrics showcasing the amazing designs.

I'll be eyeing off some of the kitchen tea-towels and oven mitts because that's just how I roll...

Here are a few designs Rapee will have on offer in June.

Tudor floral silk  jade


Egret bag in Jade

Cockatoo double oven mitt in yellow

 Anyone else out there a fan of Florence?

38 comments:

  1. Me! Love her! ...quite fancy the quilt set but in the oven mit pattern?

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    1. I'd love it in the fingers pattern.

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  2. Adairs is also stocking FB bed linen. There are gorgeous sheets in a tiny zig-zaggy/trellis pattern.
    i too am waiting for a sale!

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    1. Thanks Wendy, I didn't know Adairs stocked FB. Just checked it out and some of it is on sale. xx

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  3. I have the quilt cover on order - was going to wait for the sale but last time I did that stuff sold out. It is a bit 'spensive though but I hardly ever see quilt covers I like so just grabbed it. Am off to check out Adairs now. Hope I don't find something cheaper!

    Love the plates too - if I didn't already have a complete overload of crockery I would be sorely tempted. Not to mention the fact that I am now coveting the oven mitt.

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    1. Yes, you don't want to miss out if you really love it. I know, I can't wait for the kitchen linen comes out. xx

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  4. OMG…. LOVE! When I was in Singapore last year I got two FB phone cases and a shopper bag (in the fingers pattern - aqua). Years ago in 2006 my sister gave me a hobo bag from MoS with a FB pattern. LOVE! as I said…

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    1. Lucky you to have bought the FB phone covers. I wanted an orange cockatoo one but they had sold out! xx

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  5. New one on me, on this side of the world. But I love it!!

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    1. Glad to have introduced you to some iconic Australian textiles Rusty Duck. xx

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  6. I love those patterns - especially the Tudor floral silk cushion - have some very similar bed linnen. Hope that I'll find those Florence Broadhurst patterns when I am in London next month - maybe I'm lucky.

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    1. They are lovely patterns. Cushion covers in silk are so luxurious. xx

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  7. Fantastic! I especially love the cocky print in yellow!

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  8. So many great designs! I especially love the linens you're swooning over...and that great iPhone cover. I looked it up, and it's $55, so I guess I'll be keeping my Plain Jane orange cover that I got on the cheap on eBay. :)

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    1. Hey Dana, the linens are gorgeous. Ha! about the iphone cover. I thought the same...!! xx

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  9. LOVE Florence. My married name is Broadhurst....wish there was a family connection ;). Although have you seen the movie about her life?? She was an 'interesting' character

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    1. Hey Maria, maybe there is a connection you don't know about....The movie was fab. I saw it when it was on during the BIFF and was captivated by her story. xx

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  10. I like Florence Broadhurst, but I'd like her quilt in a Marimekko pattern.

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    1. Lol! I love Marimekko and I love FB. Two great loves. Ha! xx

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    2. Hey, you two. I've been converting teenaged boys to Florence and Marimekko only today for use in their modernist model homes. (Architecture unit).
      You have to go with the Flo!

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  11. Just got to comment, she lived her early years in Mt Perry, today it is a quiet small place.I think it was too small and quiet for Florence as well.

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    1. Yes, I did think of you when I wrote this post. A great claim to fame - she would've been quite the character in her day. xx

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  12. Yes, am a fan too. I bought a cranes design from ad airs a few months ago on sale. I think they have sales more frequently than domaine and if you're a member you get an additional discount.. I'm looking forward to the rapee release too! X kl

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    1. K-L, I love the crane design too. I'm keeping my eyes peeled because I'd like some FB bed linen. xx

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  13. Apparently David Jones also has some Florence broadhurst Rugs on offer too.

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    1. That's right. I think Cadry has a line of FB rugs too. Thanks for letting me know.

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  14. I love her too, have read a couple of books about her - interesting life!! I LOVE that bedlinen.

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    1. I'm so glad her designs are more readily available. Thanks for the comment KnittingMonkey. xx

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    1. Lol! Good to know you're a fan. xx

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  16. Did I mention that DJs also has released towelling in the Ikeda fans design as well? It's gorgeous.

    Love me some FB

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    1. No, you didn't. But I'm glad to hear. I have to check it out. thanks for the heads up Helen. xx

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  17. Wow. So many products! Love the plates especially!

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    1. Thanks for the comment Sarah. Yes, those plates are very cool. xx

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  18. I saw a doco on FB a while back and it was fascinating. Sounds like she had an interesting life. I find her designs a bit luxe for my rough and ready sensibilities, at least in wallpaper version. Having them in smaller quantities sounds perfect.

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    1. That doco on FB is amazing. She was such a character. You definitely need the right house for the wallpapers. But I'm a sucker for her cushions. xx

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