House Call: Greg Natale's Moody Apartment

Sydney

Name: Greg Natale
Location: Sydney, Australia

For a while now we've loved Greg Natale's work, using amazing patterns, products and colour, he produces some of Australia's most impressive interior design projects. In his own home Greg Natale's lack of both pattern and colour is a complete shock, yet results in an absolute climax of dramatic effect.

How would you define your style? We fuse interior architecture and decoration. We add a layer of opulence, colour and patten over minimalism, its similar to the Hollywood regency style with a cleaner harder Sydney edge. I call our work modernist at the end of the day.

What is your Inspiration for your home? My Italian background. My parents are immigrants and furnished the family home in the early eighties with kitsch baroque furniture and I hated it at the time! I was born in 1970, I have 4 older sisters and the 2 older ones were in their prime in the disco era so I am obsessed with studio 54, 70’s shine and glam. Lastly contemporary design, like the work by Rodolfo Didini for Minotti.

What is your favorite element of your home? B + B vintage 1970’s black mirrored coffee tables, they where brought at auction from the late first architects I did work experience for in grade 10.

What is the biggest challenge of your home? The fact is that I am my own hardest critic, so things where done 2 or 3 times until they were right and perfect. I also struggled as usually I have a client, so that makes it easier to design, so I used Tom Ford as my imaginary client and muse.

What do friends say about your home? They love it, they all thought it would be colourful and with a lot of pattern. I like to get unexpected responses about my work and it shows another side to our design style.

What was is your proudest DIY? I sealed the Basalt flooring my self!

What was the biggest indulgence with respect to your home? My $2000 fuax chinchilla bed spread

What is the best advice you've given or received? Don’t paint the ceiling dark, I did and I had to repaint it white!

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  • Appliances: Smeg oven, gas range hood, dishwasher and range hood

  • Hardware: Madinoz joinery d pulls and D Line door handles

  • Furniture: Sofa- Moore by Rodolfo Dordini for Minotti, Baroque lounge chair- Italian vintage early eighties from the family home, Coffee tables- 1970’s B+B vintage nest tables from the Auction of the late Dino Burratini, Side table- Still gold Rodolfo Dordini by Minotti, Credenza- Makassar Ebony high gloss custom made and White Knoll Sarrinan marble side tables from Dedece on Terrace

  • Accessories: Timber bowl on dining table, Vintage Thai brought form a store on Robertson. L.A., Stelton trey on credenza, Blue Chinese porcelain drum for Mao and More, Eams solid wall nut stool and Bedside table lamps form Bloomingdales.

  • Lighting: Architectural lighting by Kreon from Dedece and Murano chandelier from Precious lighting

  • Paint: Dulux Grey Hearth, low sheen and flat white cielings

  • Flooring: Tiles and Stone Italain Basalt honed on site 400x800 from RMS Marble

  • Rugs and Carpets: Rug, mink look goat rug, Kadissia Rodolfo Dordini by Minotti and Grey carpet- Supertuft Wizard twist col Toto

  • Window Treatments: Charcol fabric from Brunswig and fils

  • Beds: Silver leaf with oaker high lights from Laura Kinkade made in Bressia Italy

  • Artwork: Unsigned Marilyn by Andy Warhol and Scott Pietre abstract acrylic painting

To find out more about Greg Natale's work visit his website here.

(Thanks, Greg!)

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