GREG NATALE: The beauty in irregularity

Recognised for his aesthetic with symmetry and bold geometrics, Australian designer Greg Natale believes that when working with patterns, organics and geometrics should sit side-by-side to have optimal effect.

In his first collection for Bisazza, he wanted to explore how motifs that are so wild, uneven and random could be reinterpreted, attractively, within a medium as linear and unvarying as sheeted mosaic square tiles.

Natale explains:

I am really interested in the composition of things and looking at how the many parts of something are extended, repeated and layered to create an overall effect. The collection looks at pattern in this way. Rather than being bordered and regular this mass of small square tiles becomes an unending, looping, limitless decorative texture.

The result is a collection of four decorative patterns, each one offered in a variety of colourways. Suitable for use as flooring and walls.

The malachite stone is a much loved crystalline structure than in section gives us vivid, radiating swirls of green. In New Malachite I played with the colour and we now offer a soft, rose and dusty pink hued alternative as well as a calm and soothing greyscale version.

Fragment can evoke images of dry cracked earth, ice flow and smashed glass depending on its colours, but the beauty of it is in its simplicity and scale.

Groove takes its cues from nature also, the brain coral of the Great Barrier Reef was the starting point for this undulating graphic. In nature, these lines are wrinkly and three dimensional. By flattening them out and they take a new graphic character that leads the eye and holds your interest.

I love Moire as it is so alluring because it’s intangible and short-lived. It changes and shifts before your eyes. By taking a snapshot impression of the moire effect and reimagining it with mosaic tiles what is usually transient and ephemeral now becomes permanent and solid and beautiful.

New Malachite Green Mosaic, designed by Greg Natale
New Malachite Green
Fragment Gold Mosaic designed by Greg Natale
Fragment Gold
Moire Black Mosaic designed by Greg Natale
Moire Black
Groove Rose designed by Greg Natale
Groove Rose