For famed Australian-Italian designer Greg Natale and his Sydney-based team, it appears the pandemic and its lengthy lockdowns hasn’t had an impact on productivity. The prolific studio has once again collaborated with tile-maker Teranova to produce a vibrant collection of larger-than-life wall and floor tiles that expands on the designer’s existing catalogue. Plus, in a first for Greg, he’s added ‘washbasin designer’ to his ever-growing wheelhouse with the launch of spectacular sinks carved from natural stone.
Umbrellaed by the name Largo, the refreshing collection includes eight floor tiles and six basins that can be mixed and matched to achieve a scheme worthy of Greg’s approval. But even on their own, when placed among a variety of room styles, the beauty of the pieces shines through. As proposed by the inspiring campaign imagery, Largo is capable of creating sensational spaces, from simple scenes to vignettes adorned with elaborate motifs, each creating “a dynamic and alluring symphony of movement, colour and pattern,” the Greg Natale team says. They add of the range’s good looks that “both the tiles and basins reinterpret neoclassical European architecture and Art Deco design influences”.
Largo collection of basins and tiles by Greg Natale for Teranova
Placed in a home’s foyer or bathroom, the new tiles in Largo are intended to “create drama”, the design team insists, including in the powder room where a little more playfulness might be unleashed. The natural colours of the tiles flow from subtle tones of white and charcoal through to warm gold, coral, merlot (a lovely deep red) and mineral (an equally handsome blue-green). Whether applied to floors or walls – or both – the strong geometric shapes offered by the range delivers “striking optics” through luxurious oversized formats. Not to mention the mesmerising patterns they’re equipped to create, including classic basketweave, trapezoidal shapes and effects that mimic the folds of an accordion.
While the tiles are drop-dead gorgeous (and responsible for switching this correspondent’s mind into renovation mode – “is it time to redo the upstairs bathroom?”), it’s perhaps the washbasins that are the stars of this new collection. Of course, they partner beautifully with the Largo floor tiles, as well as a number of other pieces in Greg’s broader homewares range that includes stone caddies and decorative objet, bath towels and gently scented candles. But it’s the seductive curves, fluted edges and bold silhouettes of each basin that gives them a sense of “cool simplicity”, the design team points out, where the inherent allure of the natural marble is given the permission it needs to take centrestage.
Placed in the foyer or the bathroom, the new tiles in Largo are intended to “create drama”, including in the powder room where a little more playfulness can be unleashed.
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