28, Oct 2022 | Interior Design
Since its launch in 2001, Greg Natale Design has brought its expertise in architecture and interior design to the creation of stunning, sophisticated, and unforgettable spaces. The bold use of pattern and color for which Greg Natale is known has become one of the practice’s signature features, together with an intricate approach to layering that speaks of luxe livability. These have contributed to making Greg Natale Design one of Australia’s top design firms and Greg himself one of its most sought-after talents.
With projects spanning classic apartments and coastal residences to contemporary houses and sprawling rural estates, in locations from New York to Oklahoma to all around Australia, Greg Natale Design operates from its Sydney studio, a custom-designed headquarters that showcases the practice’s refined design approach and inimitable style.
This three-story, five-bedroom home is a lovely combination of traditional design and modern living, from its exquisite blue walls with their white border to its archways and Art Deco furnishings. Greg Natale painstakingly recreated historical details like paneled ceilings and doors as well as French moldings, which, while not common of the era, make a stunning highlight of the walls in the Edwardian-century home that has undergone extensive gutting and renovation. Better movement between spaces is made possible by the beautiful lines of new archways and a moving staircase.
Monochromatic features like black-stained oak floorboards on the lower levels and a carpet with a black-and-white checkered pattern upstairs serve as a contrast to the blue and white background. The formal living room and adjacent bar area have blue and burgundy as a gorgeous tonal pairing, while handcrafted furniture and rugs with Art Deco influences add clean, contemporary lines. To create a luxurious modern home with a serene, traditional ambiance, paneling in the kitchen and mosaic marble tiles in the bathrooms maintain the focus on finishes and intricate detail throughout.
Winner of Room of the Year 2021 in House & Garden’s Top 50 Rooms awards, this two-story, three-bedroom apartment showcases the creative use of curves in a palette that merges soft pink and yellow with elegant white and grey. The new design and fit-out led by Greg Natale uses the interior architecture, furniture, and accessories to form beautifully fluid lines, beginning with the living area, in the contours of the staircase, fireplace, and the built-in low bench and cabinetry that wrap around the walls beneath. A selection of modern European furniture here and in the adjoining dining area echoes those lines, with brass accents bringing a warm gleam to the apartment’s soft tones.
This restaurant for the staff of retail brand Cotton On, located in the brand’s global headquarters in Geelong, is a sophisticated space created by Greg Natale Design in collaboration with PTID. A palette of blue, black, and green forms a moody brasserie space, presided over by a blue paneled acoustic ceiling, its squares dotted with elegant brass lights. Across black and white marble floors, blue leather chairs and banquettes gather around marble and timber tables. Timber-paneled partitions provide warm tones, with other beautiful finishes courtesy of green and blue glazed tiles around the bar and fluted glass panels.
This revamped three-bedroom 1970s apartment offers a glamorous take on beachside living in a palette of pale teal and burnt orange, inspired by the water and sand outside as well as a series of Art Deco buildings across the road. The renovation and redesign by Greg Natale involved removing internal walls to create an open-plan living, kitchen and dining area, where stucco ceilings and walls reflect the light and water to great effect. Perforated bulkheads hide utilities like support beams and air conditioning while also providing a decorative element, with the circle motif repeated in design details from joinery moldings to beautifully colored mosaic tiles in the bathrooms.
Perched high up in Sydney’s iconic Horizon building, designed in the ’80s by the late Australian architect Harry Seidler, Greg Natale’s own apartment is enjoying its third interior redesign. This latest incarnation has evolved around a sumptuous maroon palette that acts as a dramatic backdrop to a lovingly curated collection of art, vintage pieces, contemporary and custom-designed furniture, and accessories. Maroon carpet and maroon-painted walls in the entrance and living area create a dramatic cocooning effect and moody disco vibe, enhanced by the gleam of mirrored and metal surfaces. A golden marble-like seam runs through the white wallpaper on the entrance ceiling and on the walls of the bedrooms and the kitchen, where brass cabinetry and a maroon stucco ceiling complete the effect.
The jewel-like tones of a pink and maroon team with the gleam of brass and the dramatic lines of interior architecture transform an open-plan, minimalist space into a grand, glamorous residence. Against light oak floors and fluted white lacquer paneling on the walls, plays on pink unfold throughout the three-bedroom penthouse apartment. Blush-painted ceilings create an intimate mood that continues with patterned wallpaper in the guest bedroom, and lacquered joinery and pink marble wallpaper in the dressing room. Pink Gucci Heron print wallpaper in the dining room offers a vivid display, while the hue is distilled in Calacatta Viola marble in the bathrooms, kitchen, and fireplace. Maroon enriches the palette, appearing in lacquered joinery and fluting, and patterned wallpaper in the master bedroom and powder room.
This four-story, the four-bedroom oceanfront residence is a beach house like no other, and its sophisticated palette, materials, and layout have been beautifully tailored to suit its surroundings. Collaborating with an architect to redesign the exterior, Greg Natale worked as an interior designer and interior architect, taking the idea of a coastal pastel palette and giving it an opulent interpretation through high-end finishes and furnishings. The space is imbued with a serene lightness of look and softness of feel, its palette of grey, blush, and teal subtly echoing the tones outside. Polished plaster ceilings suggest the fluidity of water with their high-gloss finish, while texture comes into play through furniture and wallpaper. A travertine staircase and wall are highlighted by brass railings, making it a striking central feature across the four stories, with brass and gold trims continuing throughout the house.
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