Grace and grandeur unite in a stunning Greg Nataledesigned abode | 這間由Greg Natale設計的米蘭矚目住所兼備優雅與華麗格調
Australian interior designer Greg Natale’s name is synonymous with luxury and opulence. However, at first glance, this eyecatching art deco-inspired residence in Sydney’s stylish Rose Bay suburb appears to eschew his trademark flourish of colour and pattern in favour of a quiet yet considered minimalism. Appearances can be deceptive, though, and closer inspection reveals Greg’s signature style is not only present, but pervasive, infused through sumptuous details and timeless touches. What’s more, the period grace of the property comes not from its illustrious heritage but from its exceptional architectural design, as, contrary to first impressions, it is actually a new structure that’s been carefully realised to harmonise with the neighbourhood’s historic aesthetic.
"We really wanted to make sure this home stood on its own two feet, but it also had to appear as though it had always been there," explains Greg. "While this was a new build and the opportunity to make a grand gesture presented itself – a clean slate of sorts – there was also a responsibility to the site, the community and the property owners to create a home that would stand the test of time, and, in offering all the amenities and luxury of a new family home, still paid its dues to the deco style found from Rose Bay to nearby Bondi Beach."
Externally, this was achieved through a flat roof and precise horizontal lines that wind their way around the home’s gentle, rounded corners. "Keeping the colour of the building a crisp white
每當提及澳洲室內設計師Greg Natale，人們都會即時聯想到富麗堂皇的風格。不過，一開始看見這間位於悉尼Rose Bay近郊的裝飾藝術風住所時，卻好像找不著這位設計師擅長的繽紛色彩和圖案運用，換來的是一室寧靜又近乎簡約的裝潢。你需要走進屋內細看，才發現「遠看未為真」，Greg的招牌風格原來呈現在多項奢華細節和永恆裝飾之中。這幢物業所散發的優雅感並非源自其歷史悠久的地區，而是其非凡建築設計。它其實是一所新落成住宅，興建時經過細心規劃，和諧融入四周歷史氣息中。
「我們要確保住所別具一格，但看起來又像是一直屹立於此。」Greg解釋說：「這是一幢全新建築，是塑造華麗姿態的好機會；而對其所在地點、社區和業主也有一份責任，新住宅建築必須經得起時間考驗，能為屋主們提供所需的設施和打造豪華格調之餘，還要保留Rose Bay至Bondi Beach一帶既有的裝飾藝術風格。」
“THE ARCHITECTURAL DETAILING OF THIS PROJECT WAS A CONSTANT FOCUS IN OUR DESIGN DEVELOPMENT”
afforded the architectural elements the opportunity to subtly project and become important, but not dominate," Greg adds. "The owners’ primary request was to have a house that looked like it had always been there. As keen entertainers with a growing family, it had to offer a wide range of entertaining options and it had to offer a relaxed take on luxury."
To achieve this, Greg gave the inside much the same treatment as the outside, with smooth edges and brilliant white leading the way for a lavishly laid-back atmosphere, despite the abode’s grand scale. True to form, Greg infuses geometric patterns and organic motifs throughout, adding character, texture and a sense of history to this family home. One of the most visually arresting areas is the entrance hallway, where architectural moments attain sculptural status. Says Greg: “The
round coffered ceiling echoes the round rug beneath it, but the detail in the custom rug is quite geometric and angular. It creates a nice visual tension on arrival."
The formal lounge is one of few rooms – the study and bedrooms among them – that supplants white as the principal tone. Instead, Greg turned to one of his own designs, the subtle yet graphic Iota wallpaper, to offset the rigorous nature of the joinery and panelling and to imbue the generous space with a casually composed yet always elegant appeal. "The home exudes a relaxed luxury," says the designer, citing classical gestures such as the ceiling work and the abode’s dedication to scale and to fluency as emblematic of this handsome, almost rhythmic,
aesthetic. No area is this timeless, understated majesty better realised than in the spectacular, sweeping staircase that resembles a ribbon in its fluidity and the way that it unites all architectural elements – interior and exterior – of the residence. "I love the staircase," says Greg. "I think it really ties all the characteristics of the house together in one sweeping act. It is decorative and beautiful but it is also very robust and serves to anchor the house’s interior. The architectural detailing of this project was a constant focus in our design development and I’m really happy with the results." //
EXERCISE IN EQUILIBRIUM
Rigorous and angular wood panelling and ceiling details contrast and complement the sinuous curves of the walls and select appointments in the formal lounge and living toom.
SUITE SUCCESS The master bedroom elevates shades of blue and grey to indulgent levels of luxury, encouraging relaxation. 成功要素 主人房的藍和灰色進一步提升豪華魅力，讓人放鬆。