PAT­TERN RECOG­NI­TION

Ex­u­ber­ant de­signs with just the right amount of re­straint keep in­te­rior de­signer work fresh, as a new book re­veals.

Harper’s Bazaar (Australia) - - Contents - By EL­IZA O’HARE GREG NATALE’S

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.

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