When it comes to geometric pattern play, Greg Natale is Australia’s gentleman for the job. Based in Sydney, Natale is known for his bold use of color, pattern, and high contrast in residential, retail, commercial, and product design. In a 2011 interview with The Design Files, Natale describes his approach as “decoration layered over minimalism,” and lists Kelly Wearstler, Jonathan Adler, Frank Stella, and David Hicks as artists he is most inspired by at the moment. The influence of all four is evident. In Jonathan Adler’s words:
“I define Hollywood Regency as Neo-classical lines mixed with Hollywood glamour and a top note of mod moxie. Hollywood Regency was a style of architecture and decoration popular in the 60s in LA that was a revival of classical regency style through a modern lens. Hollywood Regency added a layer of pattern and decoration and opulence and glamour to the minimalism of mid-century modernism.
I think that the current rage for Hollywood Regency is a reaction to the Christian Liaigre-ish minimalism that has been pervasive for the last several years. Design was starting to look a bit dour and grey and joyless and I think people had simply had enough. So, Hollywood Regency has become a catch-all name to describe design that thumbs its nose at minimalism in favor of classical references and lots of decoration. As for the mirrors and bamboo and Asiana and chrome, those are all design elements that figured into Hollywood Regency style the first time around and I think they’re back because they’re decorative and glamorous.”
Based on Jonathan Adler’s definition, it’s clear that Greg Natale’s oeuvre is the epitome of the Hollywood Regency style. And very well done. Let’s take a look at ten of my favorite Greg Natale interiors.
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