Greg Natale, June 2014

Sunday, June 01, 2014

For the month of May, award-winning Interior Designer Greg Natale joins our esteemed list of BQ Design’s Designers of The Month. One of Australia’s leading and most respected interior designers Greg Natale is a true pioneer when it comes to integrating design and decoration.

His cutting edge work and signature style is well-documented in a multitude of lifestye magazines and throughout popular design blogs. His unique designs have been described as “bold, tightly styled interiors with a distinctly luxe edge”, “very different to the laid back aesthetic of many Australian interior designers and stylists” and “from incredible to cutting edge”. High praise indeed.

Having worked with Greg Natale and his team on the Mirvac Belle Life Series collaboration, we at BQ Design have seen firsthand the creative process that culminates in his bold, modern designs and the thoughtful way our own soft furnishings are used to carefully complement his unique interiors.

So without further ado, please read our one-on-one interview below where we delve into the world of design with Greg Natale.

Introducing Greg Natale

We caught up with Greg Natale to discuss his passions and inspirations, his career to this point and what we can expect in the future (exciting things, as it happens!).  Scroll down further to see Greg's stunning portfolio in interior design.

What drew you to the interior design industry?

I always knew what I wanted to do from a very young age. From around the age of ten I was inspired by TV and film sets and this lead me to want to an Interior Designer. Then I started buying house magazines. I studied art throughout school from a really young age and then at after high school I studied Interior Design. I always knew what I wanted to do. I was very lucky. I didn’t realise at the time that most people don’t know what they want to do. I guess I was lucky in that respect.

How did you get started in the industry?

I studied Interior Design at Enmore after my HSC. Soon after, I got my first industry job and the rest is history. I then started working for different design firms around Sydney. I really varied my work experience by working in high-end residential, corporate, retail and hospitality. I started Greg Natale Design in 2001.

How would you describe your style?

Our style is very tailored and specific. We really do listen to our clients so that everything is tailored to their tastes and desires. I always say interior design is a very bespoke industry and I feel our work is very, very specific. I’m not one of those designers who can throw in a lot of stuff.

Of course I appreciate pattern, and glamour but it’s always very tailored and concise. I also like layering alongside clean and classic lines as well. Most of what we do is family homes and they’re usually more minimal and classic. That’s why our houses have that layering of clean and classic lines. It’s such a cliché but the first house I ever designed was very much like that and now the latest job we’re doing, it’s the same.

What type of clients do you work with?

Our typical client is a couple in their 40’s with young kids. We also work with a lot of clients from retail, new builds, exterior design and some commercial projects.

Can you give us a little insight into your creative process?

The creative process really starts with the client and a brief. Then we focus on getting to know the client. We want to put our clients personality into the project because, after all, it is their home. There is a strong underlying house style in what we do and so it’s a balance of tailoring our design philosophy and the client’s tastes. It’s really about melding the two together.

What is your proudest career achievement to date?

I would say winning the 2011 Belle Interior Designer of the Year was a proud moment. It’s really nice to be recognised by your peers and it helped to boost my profile. It was a turning point. I’m up for it again this year.

What influences the style of your design?

As designers we’re influenced by everything around us. I’m inspired by travel, television, film, architecture, design - everything. Of course, I’m also inspired by pattern and decoration. I also really like glamour. It’s innate; everything we do is glamorous. I’m constantly searching the net, I’m buying every magazine, and I have a problem with ordering books on Amazon – I’ve ran out of space to put books.

What advice would you give to someone who is just starting out in the industry?

If someone is really serious about this industry, they should begin by attending a credible university or college. I think you really need that foundation of training.

Everyone I hire has been trained at university or college and of course, it helps you to get that first job. The hardest thing is getting your foot in the door, once you’re in, more doors keep opening and it gets easier and easier. I know four years of uni is boring, but it really is going to give you that foundation and training of how to think as a designer. I’m not saying it’s not bad if you’re not trained, but I think if you’ve got a natural ability it will make you a stronger designer if you are trained. University really does teach you how to think conceptually and put your brain into that conceptual direction so you can be totally creative and think outside the box.

What are you looking forward to?

In the near future I’m looking forward to the Belle awards, but what I’m really looking forward to is the upcoming release of my first book called “The Tailored Interior” (published by Hardie Grant). It discusses how Interior Design is a bespoke industry and that everything is tailored. It’s almost a how-to book; it’s very educational and packed with a lot of information. We’re doing our final touches on it at the moment. It should hit the shelves in November. There are a lot of BQ Design soft furnishings in the book too.

So, what is it like to work with BQ Design?

I love working with BQ design because they’re so professional and helpful. Their product range means we can create different soft furnishings to work with our designs. In the past, when we’ve needed a hand with a photo shoot, even last minute, they’re always willing to help out.

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Phone: 02 8399 2103

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