I was going to write up the moderated panel discussion with Martyn Lawrence Bullard at decoration + design which I went to on Friday but then I realised it had been filmed, so why don’t you check it out for yourself? What a dapper looking panel! From left to right we have Thomas Hamel, Martyn Lawrence Bullard, moderator Robyn Holt, Marco Meneguzzi and Greg Natale.
(L-R) Greg Natale, Jason Grant, Interiors Addict Jen, Thomas Hamel and Darren Palmer.
I’ll tell you the story behind this shoot next month…
Last week I met (well, virtually) design graduate and Interiors Addict fan Louise Reeves, who is desperately looking for her first break in the industry. Can you help?
Check out these pictures of a bachelor pad she decorated and styled for her friend. The girl has potential, right?!
The 23 year old, who graduated from the prestigious Design Centre Enmore in November, says: “My dream is to have my own business; a homewares and furniture store in Sydney that I could run my interior design service out of. I would also love to get into product design and design furniture. But right now I am looking for paid or unpaid work, anything to gain experience and get my foot in the door.
"I am more partial to the decoration side of interiors as opposed to construction so to work with likeminded people would be fantastic. I am really willing to do any kind of work in order to gain access to the industry and understand that I will have to work my way up from the bottom.”
Louise describes her style as eclectic, bold and modern. “I love to use a healthy dose of colour and pattern and believe that the best spaces can come about by taking risks and pushing boundaries. I am inspired by the elegance of Hollywood regency and vintage Art Deco decor and, in my travels to Sweden, by the beautiful simplicity of Scandinavian design.
"My favourite designers are Brendan Wong, Kelly Wearstler, Greg Natale, Thomas Hamel, Jonathan Adler, Burley Katon Halliday and Tom Dixon.”
She got off to a great start by winning a ticket to a seminar with Melinda Ashton Turner and Chelsea Hing at decoration + design later this week, in an Interiors Addict giveaway. If you can offer Louise any work experience, an internship, mentoring or assisting work, please email Jen at firstname.lastname@example.org
An exclusive new event has just this minute been added to the lineup for decoration + design and I’d advise you book a ticket, fast!
International guest Martyn Lawrence Bullard, designer to the stars and a celebrity in his own right on the Million Dollar Decorators show, will join a panel alongside Australian design talent Thomas Hamel, Greg Natale and Marco Meneguzzi.
This moderated discussion will see the four design experts talk about how design will play on the international landscape of 2012. Moderated by Robyn Holt (judge on The Renovators and editor of Vogue Living for over a decade), this intimate panel discussion is not be missed.
Date: Friday 3 February 2012
Time: 8.45am for light morning tea & refreshments followed by panel discussion from 9.15am-10.15am
Venue: Sydney Exhibition Centre, Convention Parkside Ballroom, Level 1
Click here to book your ticket now.
Interior Designer of the Year Greg Natale has some very… well.. NATALE items on his wishlist this year! Naturally, it’s all very luxe, glamorous and stylish.
1. A Kelly Wearstler brass kaleidoscope sculpture
2. A Waylande Gregory Ceramic Lamp in black and gold
3. A Jonathan Adler Bond cocktail table.
How very glamorous. We love!
Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year 2011 Greg Natale is celebrating ten years of running his own business this week. What a year it’s been for Greg! Not only winning the top accolade, but a collaboration with Designer Rugs and an anniversary too. Congratulations to Greg, who I recently had the pleasure of meeting.
I asked him ten questions for ten years of Greg Natale Design and he kindly gave Interiors Addict readers an exclusive sneak peek behind the scenes of his latest project.
1. Tell me about how you got into the industry 10 years ago? I started Greg Natale Design after working for various design firms in Sydney for five years. I spent those years cutting my teeth in residential, retail and commercial firms. I decided to start Greg Natale becouse I had a clear vision of what I wanted to produce. I basically got to a point where I needed creative freedom and I am creative person so this is my outlet for expressing myself.
2. What was the interior design industry like then? I would say in the 19 years since I started my deisgn course, the general public has become a lot more design savvy and they see the value in design now. Apple really sums this up perfectly. In the last ten years the big difference has been the shift of moving from minimalism, the industry was entrenched in it. Don’t get me wrong, I love minimalism but it’s not right for every brief. So eclecticism become all the rage in the noughties.
3. What are the main differences these days? We really are now in the age of decoration where pattern, colour and personality are no longer dirty words. Minimalism is still very strong but it has more layers and contrast.
4. How does it feel to have been in business for a decade? It feels great, I am so happy to have survived! I have had an amazing decade and worked with a great team, great clients and amazing editors.
5. What have been the biggest challenges? At the beginning it was building a portfolio and understanding the business side of running a design firm, then the crash of 2008! It really affected commercial work but I have always kept the work varied and residential work has been strong.
6. What are you most proud of? Our large portfoilio of work, our collaboration with Designer Rugs and winning 2011 Belle Coco Republic Designer of the year which rounds off the year perfectly.
7. Has your style changed? How? Ten years ago I was already shifting to decoration but it will continue to change and evolve. My style now is richer and more layered. I think is down to what’s in vogue, bigger budgets and maturity.
8. What’s next for Greg Natale Design? A bigger office, a furniture range and a carpet range. I really want to do a fabric range and a hotel to bring everything together!
9. What do you think about all these home renovation/design shows? I think they’re great! As I have said to you before, more over celebrity chefs and fashion designers! It’s happening in the USA where interior designers like Kelly Wearstler and Jonathan Adler have crossed into the mainstream
10. Do you think the general public is much more interested in, and capable of, creating a stylish home these days? For sure. The general public sees the value in design now so they buy great books and do research on great blogs like yours. The internet really has helped all of us become become more design savvy. It’s so easy for everyone to research now.
What an exciting day out for Interiors Addict! Not only was it the launch of Mr Jason’s Grant’s new colours for Murobond, it was also our first meeting IN REAL LIFE. Very exciting and he was as delightful as I expected!
I went along to the launch at Murobond in Artarmon with my friend Emma Blomfield from Nest Designs. It was also great to meet Juliet Arent from Arent & Pyke and stylist Jane Frosh. Jason’s new colour range, aptly named Road Trip, is gorgeous and inspired by summer. I was excited to find the PERFECT teal in there called Deep Sea Dreaming.
Later on we went to the launch of Sibella Court’s new book, Nomad at her shop The Society Inc. As a massive fan of Etcetera, I can’t wait to get stuck into my (signed, of course) copy! There I bumped into Jason again (gee, stop stalking me!) and took a rather cute photo of him and Sibella together. Was also great to meet Belle Coco Republic Interior Designer of the Year Greg Natale, another Interiors Addict past interviewee.
It’s just too much interiors-related excitement for a girl. I need a sit down and a cup of tea…
PHOTOS: (From top to bottom) Sibella and Jason at the Nomad launch; Jason and I; the Road Trip paint colours; Emma, Jason and I.
You can check out Road trip here.