interview | pattern repeated...

i'm very excited to be able to bring this post / an interview with the newly awarded belle australia magazine 2011 interior designer of the year greg natale.

i've been lucky enough to have known greg for around 5 years through my work as senior designer at designer rugs. we were fortunate to collaborate with greg to design a range know collectively as "new regency". his design approach includes symmetry, structure and repeated patterns, which is evident throughout all his work. my design experience working with greg is nothing but enjoyable - he continually asks; "its hot! isn't it christine? don't you think? i think its hot..." i never have a chance to answer but of course with gregs work, its always hot!!

what do you do? 
interior design and architecture.

how did you start out? 
i studied interior design at enmore between 1993-1996, then worked for various design companies for 5 years and in 2001 set up greg natale design.

what are you working on right now? 
an office in martin place, a few shops, houses and apartments. to name some; a gorgeous bachelor pad in elizabeth bay and restoring a federation home.

what's the best advice you've been given? 
a designer needs to know how to decorate!

what inspires you? 
everything around me, history, vintage books, fashion, my childhood, my clients...

what are you most passionate about?

what's your greatest achievement? 
winning 2011 belle designer of the year and my rug range with designer rugs.

what motivates you to keep going? 
persistence persistence persistence.

who's your greatest hero? 
the legendary and late english david hicks. he sadly passed away in 1998 but his work has influenced a whole new generation of designers. like; kelly wearstler, jonathan adler and myself.

where can we see your work?

below are perfect examples of gregs work; a newly renovated gorgeous edwardian / federation style home that is featured prominently in the june/july edition of belle australia; 

[photography by anson smart]

also in this edition of belle australia on page 29 you may recognise
someones name and work... 

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