Home Tour: A Super Chic New York Apartment With A Flair For Patterns
“I think that the power of pattern is something so unsung,” says Greg Natale. “I feel that there is so much to celebrate in patterned, decorative interiors right now.” The Australian interior designer’s passion for patterns is discussed in detail in his latest tome, The Patterned Interior, published by Rizzoli New York, which features an inspiring collection of his firm’s recent projects, including this pied-à-terre in New York.
As the holiday home of a Melbourne-based family, the 1,000sqft apartment may be petite but it makes up for what it lacks in size with a mesmerising mix of colour and pattern. “It was about exploring how this home was afforded more creative freedom—it became a little jewel box in a skyscraper amidst the craziness of New York City,” says the designer.
I think that the power of pattern is something so unsung. I feel that there is so much to celebrate in patterned, decorative interiors right now
Previously, the apartment had dated interiors and offered limited headroom. Its exposed concrete bulkheads and beams made the spaces appear cramped and lacking in detail. It did, however, proffer views that extend towards the Central Park; the latter is just two blocks away from the building.
To enhance the sense of space, the designer introduced additional beams and crown mouldings to the ceiling and painted these white. A clever mix of patterns brings a dynamic energy, while a monochromatic palette unites the array of geometric prints. Metallic accents in brass and gold amp up its glamour quotient. A malachite-patterned wallpaper from Cole & Son covers the ceiling in the living area, contributing to the sophisticated balance of textures in the room.
“They have the effect of making the room feel larger when you’re in it rather than smaller,” says Natale. He considers it his favourite space within this project: “I love the living room. There is such balance and drama in play and it’s all executed with such economy in space.”
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To complement the pattern-centric interior, Natale selected furniture that pays tribute to his diverse creative influences: “New York is a city of icons and I find it fitting that this apartment incorporates pieces from some of my favourite designers.” These included a snakeskin-effect rug designed by Diane von Furstenberg, a blue sofa by Kelly Wearstler, a dining table by Jonathan Adler, as well as a side table by Paul Evans.
New York is a city of icons and I find it fitting that this apartment incorporates pieces from some of my favourite designers
The art selection is as curated: featured on the walls are a mix of photographic prints and vintage finds, which include an Op-Art print by German artist Jurgen Peters at the entry hall and a colourful diptych by Australian artist Scott Petrie at the dining room.
In the bedrooms, a tactile and snug combination of fabric, pattern and art simultaneously add visual interest and differentiates each room from the other. “Every room and every space offers precious pieces that surprise and delight,” quips the designer.
Every room and every space offers precious pieces that surprise and delight
Much to Natale’s delight, the Australian homeowners adore the apartment so much that they have taken to spending more time in the Big Apple. “Since the home’s completion I have noticed that they are spending almost as much time in New York as in Melbourne—I take that as a sign of a happy customer!”
This story was adapted from Singapore Tatler Homes Feb-Mar 2019
- Photography Anson Smart, courtesy of Rizzoli New York