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David Lennie

David Lennie currently serves as CEO of Signature Prints. He was born and schooled in New Zealand and studied accountancy at Auckland University in the 1960s. David Lennie now lives in Woollahra, Sydney, Australia, with his wife Helen.

With an interest and talent in the fast and furious sporting arena, David channeled his talents into sports such as snow ski racing and keel boating racing. From 1967 to 1969 David Lennie travelled through Australia, the United Kingdom and the United States to attend motor industry sales and management courses, while spending two months at Chrysler in Detroit.

Prior to returning to New Zealand in 1969 to pursuit his career in motor industry, David lived in London for a bit and was hanging out in the bohemian district of Chelsea with artist and assorted colourful riff-raff. This is the cornerstone of his love and appreciation for art.

In 1977, Lennie became involved in a small hand-printed wallpaper company in New Zealand. In 1988 he moved to Sydney, Australia and his involvement with Florence Broadhurst began through acquisition of Signature Prints. In 1999 Signature Prints began the long road of internationalising the excellence of the Florence Broadhurst design library and today, Signature Prints manufacturers and exports (to 27 countries) textiles, wallpaper limited edition art, lifestyle and homeware products.

David Lennie loves art, and especially has a passion for discovering new artists that Signature Prints can take under its wing and promote. He is also heavily focused on education and is committed to giving students work experience at the studio and factory, as well as giving talks to educational institutions. With his enthusiasm for design and the visual arts, he strongly believes that being a thriving business Signature Prints also has a duty to preserve and archive artists' work for future generations.

David Lennie

Helen Lennie

New Zealand-born Helen Lennie is an unmistakable figure in Australia’s decorative arts landscape.

Helen has been intrinsically involved in turning Florence Broadhurst - the once-forgotten Australian designer - into a 21st Century icon.

In 2000 the Florence Broadhurst Archive was unrestored, unusable and unknown. Today it is globally recognised, widely acclaimed and considered a national treasure.

From a standing start Signature Prints established export sales of Florence Broadhurst creations such as hand-printed, high end wallpapers, fabrics and limited edition art to 27 countries.

Helen has been pivotal in arranging Broadhurst’s life and work being profiled worldwide in publications such as Vanity Fair, Time magazine, World of Interiors and Casa Vogue.

Signature Prints now operates as a hub for artists, fashion designers and other creatives. It houses a bespoke workshop, preserves the art of silk-screen printing and actively trains up a new generation of artisans.

Helen’s role within this unique company melds innovation with a far-reaching business approach. Career highlights include facilitating groundbreaking collaborations both locally - with Qantas (in 2010 the airline began featuring Florence Broadhurst’s iconic work in its Business amenity kit)- and internationally. In 2012 the US luxury brand Kate Spade New York themed its 2012 collection around Florence Broadhurst and her iconic designs

The Signature Prints story began for Helen in 1996 when she met David Lennie. Six weeks later she left her job at Chanel to work with him. They married within the year.

Since the advent of their partnership Florence Broadhurst has become a household name, the subject of an award-winning biography and documentary. But Helen’s journey is just beginning.

Signature Prints houses a remarkable design archive comprising around 16,000 images of which Florence Broadhurst designs (around 530 patterns) were the first to be resurrected.

Helen is now working on the next exciting venture – bringing back to life the long-lost collection known as Blume.

Helen Lennie
 
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