Is this gorgeous or what?
“Florence Broadhurst: Her Secret & Extraordinary Lives“ by Helen O’Neill
Just this morning I happened to see the Lonny Magazine blog :
“Watercolor Wednesdays: Florence Broadhurst”.
I have had this post ready to go for at least two months….so today is the perfect day, with the bonus that I can link it to the Lonny blog. You DO know Lonny Magazine, don’t you????? Shame on you if you don’t: take a look here.
Florence Broadhurst (1899-1977) was an extraordinarily prolific designer! Her story is truly one of a kind: she wove tales about her past, some true, some not; she had boundless energy; she loved to be in the spotlight; she had a tragic death; and yet her life was a mystery for many years.
This “Chinese Floral” wallpaper was one of her most successful:
Here she sits in front of another popular wallpaper, “Peacocks”:
From geometrics “Honeycomb”:
to “Florentine Tapestry”:
and the very contemporary “Solar”:
And here, from an advertisement for her new shop at Bond Street, London in 1933 where she “became” Mme Pellier (!) aka Florence Broadhurst.
Aside from the captivating story, and, for all you designers out there, a very rich treasure trove […]