Our collaborative relationship with Greg Natal is one of our most enduring, and has resulted in five rug collections and two carpet collections. We are thrilled to unveil the next chapter for Greg Natale and Designer Rugs - the New Wave collection.
With postmodernism and a bold ’80s sensibility at its core, this striking collection of seven handmade rugs showcase Natale’s inimitable flair for pattern and colour, and represent another evolution in his design journey. After the last collection, which was Deco in theme, New Wave embraces the vibrant hues and geometrics of the Memphis movement and the work of Ettore Sottsass. Motifs also reference the architecture of Louis Khan and his use of symbolism.
We spoke to Greg about his experiences creating this collection:
It was a bold and exciting time in design, colour and pattern were king and the Memphis design movement was in full swing. I fell in love with the interiors of 80s TV shows like Dynasty so that era has a strong place in my memories.
I was a teenager in the late 80s, so was drawn to brave, patterned clothing- this started very young.
Yes it was the perfect project to include this collection in! For the customisation we played with the colours of the designs of Stella and Banto to suit the interior colour scheme of the apartment and also altered the scale in the Maja design enlarging the graphically shaped motif.
It’s hard to choose, but I do love the Stella and Mezza Luna as they are both tonal in colour and really impactful in a softer manner.
My advice would be go for it, start with a tonal design and let it ground your space. The designs in this collection all have a neutral colour in the designs which makes it easy to tie back to lots of different interior spaces.
I chose hand tufted for this collection due to the way it shows the designs in such a graphic bold way and also because I did a lot of carving in this collection. When it comes to choosing between handknotted or hand tufted for projects it’s really about its use and application – for example in high traffic areas I would specify hand tufted.
In the early stages I often take from inspiration from my recent interiors projects, what colours the studio is using in schemes and what I see in my research and travels. The design process is all about nailing down the perfect colour combinations and patterns and letting these initial ideas inform the final designs and shapes of the rugs.
I approach them just like other spaces, with a cohesive mix of curated pieces. The hallway is often your first glimpse of a house, so it’s a good opportunity to showcase the palette and mood with a runner. The pattern of the runner can also speak to the era of the house or the direction of the design, highlighted by one or two key pieces of furniture and some artworks.
I think there is nothing more inspiring then collaborating with a team of creative, driven people who strive to produce the very best, and for me Designer Rugs continues to be a leader in the industry. Their commitment to quality and attention to detail continue to inspire me, and I appreciate the opportunities they have given me to realise my vision.