Exuberant designs with just the right amount of restraint keep interior designer work fresh, as a new book reveals.
Greg Natale’s busy interiors get the coffee-table treatment.
Pattern virtuoso Greg Natale is about to drop his second beautiful design book, The Patterned Interior. A collection of 12 of Natale’s favourite interior design projects selected from the past four years of his work alone, it’s an homage to his one true love: decoration. “check my DNA, there’s definitely a pattern molecule in there,” he says, before revealing his sole rule for designing with it.“mix an organic pattern with a geometric [one] with something quite simple,” he says.“that’s the rule! One is too heavy.” Noted.
We love all the projects in this collection, especially the Tamarama Beach apartment featured on the cover. It was a hard-edged Sydney unit — bought for its great beachside location — and the owner wanted to introduce some softness. “The de Gournay wallpaper is unexpected,” Natale says, musing on the handpainted French wall coverings.“i love that it’s teamed with one of my rugs and a Dorothy Draper sofa.” Of the soft textures and teal palette, Natale says inspiration came from the owner’s two highly desirable Ray Crooke oil paintings.“i just saw that sage green, and that was it.”
And there’s more goodness to look forward to. Natale is about to celebrate the launch of his first accessories collection, a selection of brass, shell and marble pieces. “They are more like heirlooms than accessories,” he says. He doesn’t have a favourite interiors project, but does he have a favourite objet d’art in production?yes, he says, the Ziggurat Bowl, a three-legged brass bowl with a stepped detail.there’s no pattern on it.
The Patterned Interior, by Greg Natale (Rizzoli), $90.
Greg Natale transformed the home of a surfer guy and a country girl into a beachside sanctuary.
Shades of sea green are broken up by metallic accents in the dining room.
One of the Ray Crooke paintings that inspired Natale’s colour palette. Above: the tropical motif is carried through to the master bedroom.