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Projects We Covet – Melbourne House by Greg Natale DesignWednesday 31 May 2017
Grand, intimate and cool. These are the three words that describe this outstanding project of Melbourne House by Greg Natale, an Australian interior designer and the founder of Greg Natale Design. His projects are renowned for the use of bold colours and patterns and for the creation of warm, layered and comfortable spaces. Greg offers a generous and unique view with his creative projects that reflect his passions, experiences, knowledge and the philosophy behind his richly tailored, sophisticated style.
Located in Melbourne’s most exclusive tree-lined, inner-city enclaves, Melbourne House is the second property completed for the same client. The House is surrounded by formal gardens, tennis court and elegant pool areas and interiors that complement the exterior classic aesthetic, featuring an edgier style, elegant but with a contemporary flair.
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The requirements were very clear. With only six months for concept, design, construction and installation, it was a home for a young family with five children, very fond of Mid-century classics. A very specific requirement was a big u-shaped sofa in the family room – somewhere that could become a relaxed family hub where seven people could easily come together. At the other end of the scale, the formal lounge room had to be a showroom. As it was not the “everyday space”, it could afford to become the real statement area. With the need for a palette that incorporated their love of rich mauves, this formal area was the opportunity to explore it and the result was simply perfect.
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The starting point for the monochromatic palette came from the close relationship with the client, whose brief was to deliver a chic monochromatic scheme, a true delight to the designer. With regard to the use of geometry and pattern, this is something that Greg Natale has long established as a signature in his interiors and product design. The designer loves patterns, something easy recognisable in his projects. The best thing about the client and designer relationship is that each part can nudge the other in new directions creatively and that’s all part of the thrill of seeing the project come together.
For Greg Natale, the formal living room is the real hero of Melbourne House. On one hand, it encapsulates the spirit of the entire project and on the other, it plays host to some of Greg’s favourite pieces in the house: Salvador Dali Bracelli Lamp from BD Barcelona. It’s paired with some stunning, timeless, Fritz Hansen selections like the swan and the egg chairs. The arrangement may not be as traditional as expected in this environment but it sits so effortlessly in the space and truly redefines ‘classical elegance’ with the use of twentieth and twenty-first-century design pieces.
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