Greg Natale | The Tailored Interior Interview

Greg Natale

After over ten years in the industry, what still excites you about interior design?

That creativity is never limited by the space you work with – every project brings its own challenges, possibilities and rewards. That exciting trends come and go but we will always reference the past as much as we embrace the present. And that as long as passion is at the heart of everything we do, the sky’s the limit in terms of what we do.



Outdoor living and dining room  Rosemont Stud – VIC
Photo - Anson Smart



You have a very distinctive signature style, how does it evolve through the years with trends going in and out of style?

Of course being on top of trends is important, but I think as long as you stay true to your own style, it will naturally evolve the more you explore it and build on it in different environments, tailoring it to each particular space you are working with. I think it’s crucial to stay true to your vision and key design principles, such as the importance of layering, and of establishing contrast and balance. I'll always champion the bold use of colour and pattern, but I’m mindful of whether I’m incorporating these into a classic or contemporary space, or into a minimalist or maximalist interior. The experiences I get from working on different spaces and fusing design and decoration on different products fuels my evolution and creativity.



Kitchen with geometric tiles Rosemont Stud – VIC
Photo - Anson Smart



Tell us about the most interesting design advice you have ever come across?

It was in the last year of my interior design course, and New Zealand-born Australian architect Ian Moore was one of the examiners. I’d designed a living room for a boutique hotel but got the proportion wrong. Moore pointed out that the furniture I’d chosen was too small for the space and, as a result, became lost in it. This was a turning point for me – he showed me the essence of getting proportion right: in a large space, you need bigger pieces of furniture and more of them; in a small space, you need to downscale the size of the furniture but not necessarily its amount. Since then I’ve always valued the role of proportion in design.



Living / Dining room with white panelled ceiling.  Brisbane House – QLD
Photo - Anson Smart



What is the best part of putting together The Tailored Interior?

It’s given me the chance to step back and take stock of my work. I've appreciated having the opportunity to share my design approach, philosophy and inspirations.



Dining room with geometric rug and antique mirror glass Toorak House – VIC
Photo - Anson Smart



What makes The Tailored Interior special?

This is not just a book full of inspiring pictures – although I do hope people find them inspiring! It’s also an insight into the design process, into how I approach the creation of a considered, cohesive space. In The Tailored Interior, I share my experiences, influences and advice in order to make the whole process seem a little less daunting and help readers find the confidence and tools they need to create their own special spaces. Whether people just enjoy the interiors showcased or take some tips from the pages, I hope they'll find the book an enjoyable journey.


Portrait of Greg Natale standing in wood panelled library




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Multi award-winning interior designer Greg Natale is renowned for doing things differently - his is a bold, fresh and modern Antipodean style that brings the best of classic interiors into the 21st century. His bold signature style juxtaposes clean lines with repeating geometric patterns, unadorned walls with highly embellished feature pieces, empty space with vivid splashes of color. At once contemporary, restrained, sophisticated and playful, Greg's spectacular interiors integrate architecture, design and decoration to create visually breathtaking masterpieces. In this stunning, photographic collection, Greg guides us through finding the perfect hook, building a concept from the ground up, layering different elements for cohesion, embracing empty space, using colour and pattern to add the magical finishing touches, and giving an interior space that elusive je ne sais quoi.

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