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Podcast Ep 2: Fortune Favours The Brave with Greg Natale

The maverick maximalist discusses how to channel boldness in interior design

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By Jon Sharpe, Chief Creative Officer
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When it comes to signature design style, award-winning interior designer Greg Natale is not renowned for his subtlety. In fact, he's celebrated for the exact opposite. The Sydney-based designer's interiors are colourful, patterned and always unexpected. Whether it's a combination of a cobalt blue tartan rug and Chinoiserie furniture in a seaside home, a floor lamp in the form of a lifesize horse standing guard in an entry hall or a pink moire mosaic bathroom, this maverick man fears nothing. As well as being a fearless creative, Greg has been awarded International Luxury Designer of the Year, has an ever-growing product collection and is the author of two books.

In this episode of The Tastemaker: A LuxDeco Podcast, entitled Fortune Favours The Brave, I spoke to the LuxDeco 100 designer about his unique style, where his design confidence comes from and his advice for being brave enough to own one's personal style, however bold that might be.


[My style] really comes from what was going on in Sydney at the time. Everything was about the white box. And, look, I actually really love minimalism; I think it’s a beautiful style, but I did want to do something different. I wanted to stand out. And so I thought “what’s the opposite of a white box?” It’s a patterned box.

Don’t miss

  • Where the inspiration came for Greg’s instantly recognisable style at 08:23
  • Greg’s obsession for Dynasty at 10:39
  • His attitude to design regrets at 14:58
  • How to foster your own personal style at 23:37
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Greg’s Sydney apartment

In the episode, Greg talks about his apartment's new look, including where his inspiration came from, what he loves about it and even the most tasteless thing in it.

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For this home, I was inspired by Paris so I’ve used a lot of maroon. It’s eclectic so I’ve mixed the styles of Italian 70’s, vintage contemporary and also custom pieces. [And] I’ve used mixed metals which was inspired by the Studio 54 logo.

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Greg’s sister Sarina’s apartment

Greg also reflects on his very first project—an apartment for his older sister Sarina—for which he won a Belle award and which catapulted him into the spotlight as Australia's go-to for bold interior design.

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Episode Notes Exclusive: Dynasty's Alexis Carrington Colby's Office

Listen to the episode to hear why this iconic office set inspired Greg so much as an aspiring designer.

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