De­signer’s diary In­te­rior de­signer Greg Natale opens up his Syd­ney pad and shares a few of his favourite things

RENOWNED IN­TE­RIOR DE­SIGNER GREG NATALE OPENS UP HIS SYD­NEY CITY PAD TO SHARE A FEW OF HIS FAVOURITE THINGS WITH HB

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SYD­NEYSIDER

“I re­ally love this Syd­ney Ball paint­ing (left). He was a real pi­o­neer in hard-edged min­i­mal­ism – un­for­tu­nately he passed away last year. I just think this is such a unique piece. There’s an­other one in the en­try of our home. There’s a re­ally nice har­mony with the art­works in the apart­ment; they all work to­gether even though they are all very dif­fer­ent.”

street style

“The art­work above my bed is by RETNA, a street artist from LA. He does all these big mu­rals. I even have a RETNA rug in the of­fice. I’ve never met him but he seems crazy. I fol­low him on Instagram. He just did Justin Bieber’s al­bum cover – he is big. My bed­side lamps and my bed are both vin­tage pieces I found on 1stdibs.com.”

artis­tic edge

“With art, I like ab­stract that’s hard-edged, that’s min­i­mal, and I like pop and street art. I just mixed them all, but the large ab­stract Walde­mar Kol­busz piece (above) was the start­ing point for all the other art in the apart­ment. Then I got the Syd­ney Ball (left) and Jur­gen Peters (next page) pieces. In this apart­ment, the art­work came first, then the fur­ni­ture.”

WELL SCULPTED

“The cor­ners in my liv­ing room felt quite empty – I searched for a long time un­til I found pieces that fit the space. The crys­tal (above left) is from Becker Minty. I re­ally liked its sculp­tural as­pect. The ta­ble and the can­dle­holder (also pic­tured above left) are all from Tom Dixon, I got them from De De Ce. The tri­an­gu­lar sculp­tures (above right) are called ‘In­vis­i­ble Cities XL’ and they’re by Patty Hava.”

“With my last two places, I’ve al­ways been like ‘yeah, I’m done’, but this one keeps evolv­ing. I never thought it would” ~ Greg Natale

time cap­sule

“My en­tire apart­ment is in­spired by the late 1970s. All the fur­ni­ture is very low, there’s a lot of vel­vet, a lot of me­tal – even the art is sort of ref­er­enc­ing that era. I wanted the place to feel light be­cause of the amaz­ing views [of the city and the Har­bour Bridge]. I started lay­er­ing the Flat Ver­nac­u­lar ‘Le­vante’ wall­pa­per and the car­pet and I pulled the blue from the Walde­mar Kol­busz art­work to the Jonathan Adler sofa. I just love how the navy blue went re­ally well with the brass and gold.”

CUCINA ITAL­IANA

“In the kitchen, it was the floor that was the start­ing point – I was in­spired by my trip to Italy. Pal­la­di­ana ter­razzo is so on trend, but in Italy it’s been used for hun­dreds of years. The colour scheme ties in quite well with the rest of the apart­ment. I re­ally like the lu­cite han­dles – they’re from Amer­ica. The bench­tops and splash­backs are su­per-white Ver­mont gran­ite, which is very solid.”

work & life

“I work from home ev­ery night and there is only so much I can do on a lap­top, so we needed a desk­top. My part­ner, Ja­son, does a lot with spread­sheets – we use this space a lot! The lamp is Way­lande Gre­gory – the pat­tern is in­cred­i­ble and the metal­lic paint on it is so beau­ti­ful up close. I picked up the vin­tage French box in LA many years ago – the fin­ish is amaz­ing. The mar­bling is very el­e­gant.”

“The two books on the ‘Rubell’ cof­fee ta­ble from my new col­lec­tion are by hote­lier Ian Schrager, who was the co-owner of Stu­dio 54. I al­ways ad­mired him.”

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