Florence Broadhurst

Ms Broadhurst was quite the gel.  A one-time singer, comedienne, painter, printmaker, teacher, businesswoman, arts academy director and general lady-about-town, she was murdered in Sydney during the 1970s.  The fact that her murderer has never been found adds a noir touch to a fabulous, full life.

Florence in Shanghai

(Image taken from here)

But design-wise, she is probably best known for putting Australia on the interiors map in the 1950s with her glamorous, modern wallpaper designs.  Good design never goes out of fashion or if it does, it soon cycles back.  After some decades in the wilderness, a recent revival has meant that her work is still beautifying interiors throughout the globe.

(Patterns from here, interior photos from here, here and here.)


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