Here’s J.P. Meulendijks with “Shots”. You can either display the piece as a coffee table or position it against the wall for another look entirely and roll up 10 magazines or use it for storing 10 wine bottles.
Florence Broadhurst was a world-renowned wallpaper and textile
designer. She combined hints of the orient with europe’s 1930s-style
modernism. her patterns, with shiny surface and sophisticated, very
vibrant motifs are extremely elegant. she fused english floral
patterns with splashes and swirls, bamboo and willow, kangaroos and
Now, almost 20 years later, the opulent patterns are the subject of
growing international interest. A carefully restored archive (by david
and helen lennie, CEOs of ‘signature prints’, who hold the copyright
licence to reproduce broadhurst’s designs) , a recent film-biography
and a previous exhibition in sydney’s powerhouse museum helped the
revival of broadhurst’s work. This means that you can see her designs
everywhere, from fashion designers marc jacob’s clothing to stella mc
Florence Maud Broadhurst was born in 1899 in Australia. As a singer,
at age of 17 she changed her name to ‘Miss Bobbie Broadhurst’ and
toured with opera singer Dame Nellie Melba and ballet dancer Robert
Helpmann. Followed by a dancing troupe called ‘The Smart Set Diggers’
and then ‘The Globe Trotters’. By the early ’20s, she was performing
in South-East Asia, India, and China.
In 1926 she founded an accademy of art, the ‘Broadhurst Academy’ in
Shanghai. Seven years later, in 1933, her life changed when she moved
to london. She got married and acquired a dress shop on bond street.
Her name changed again, into ‘Madame Pellier’ (it was also the name of
the shop). Florence Broadhurst stayed in England until 1949, when she
moved with her (then second) husband back to Australia. Still
untrained as an artist, she began to paint landscapes and portraits
(whilst raising her son, robert).
At the age of 60, in 1959, Florence Broadhurst founded the company for
which she became famous : Australian (handprinted) wallpapers, later
known as ‘Florence Broadhurst Wallpapers’. She sourced special papers
from America and Norway, and had cedarwood frames, made in
Switzerland. She used vivid colours, printed onto metallic textures,
made her paper stain-resistant and longer lasting. From 1966, Florence
and her staff (in her roylston st studio in paddington) produced over
800 designs and 6000 printed samples.
Her life was also colourful. Florence Broadhurst designed herself in a
sequence of metamorphoses that were so successful, she seemed to
eliminate all traces of her former lives and in her artistic evolution
it is difficult to separate fact from fiction: the beauty of her
designs, the horror of her death and the secrecy of her life.
To many florence broadhurst does not emerge as a likeable figure,
dumping her son in boarding school at the age of five, appearing to
have few close friends, never paying taxes and dominating her poorly
paid employees. Broadhurst worked until she died dramatically, and
mysteriously in 1977 – in an unsolved crime. Her murderer bashed her
to death and shoved her head into a toilet bowl. Police speculated
that she knew her killer. Her fondness for young men, and the fact
that she supported her friends financially, may offer some clues.
After her murder the business was run by Wilson’s fabrics and then
bought by signature prints who continue to market a small range of her
Cai Guo-Qiang creates a site-specific installation at the Iris and b. gerald cantor roof garden of the metropolitan museum of art – overlooking the central park with expansive views of the manhattan skyline. known for his elaborate sculpture installations and gunpowder projects, the chinese artist shows four works that present his reactions to issues of present-day concerns.