Q&A with Greg Mellor

In our latest issue, we showcased the Australian home of interior designer Greg Mellor. After several years in Sydney, Greg recently moved back to his hometown of Cape Town to start his own practice. We got to sit down with him and chat about a few of his favourite things…

1. Any tips for getting over jet-lag?

I try not to think about it too much, but I find the best thing is to try to avoid napping during the day, assimilate to the time zone of my destination and a strong whiskey before bed.

2. Where in the Mother City do you call home?

Oranjezicht presently, but I’m searching for a permanent house and office space.

3. What’s the biggest similarity between Sydney and Cape Town? And the biggest difference?

The biggest similarity is the obvious casualness and outdoor lifestyle, and homes that are geared toward that. The biggest differences in terms of design are that South Africa has a far more multi-cultural history to draw on for reference, and South Africans are really starting to embrace it. Also, houses are mainly of timber frame construction in Australia, which gives an element of flexibility with re-planning interior spaces, whereas in South Africa they are made of bricks and mortar, which gives rooms a wonderful solidity.

4. Your favourite interiors colour of the moment and why?

A Dulux colour called ‘Hog Bristle’ is fail-safe, and I am loving walls in rich dark aubergine.

5. Your favourite fabric of the moment and why?

Abaza resist from Schumacher Fabrics, in all three colourways is amazing; locally I really like the designs coming out of Lula Fabrics, particularly some of the designs from the tribal collection.

6. Who’s your favourite SA artist or designer and why?

Boyd Ferguson has without a doubt put South African design on the map, and been instrumental in creating a sophisticated South African identity. I also admire the work of photographer Pieter Hugo.

7. Your favourite international artist or designer and why?

I love the work of Australian artist Philip Wolfhagen – moody abstract landscapes that one can completely get lost in.

8. What would be your dream assignment?

A mas (Provençal farmhouse) in the South of France.

From left to right: Tavola in Sydney; La Colombe in Cape Town; China Doll in Woolloomoolloo

9. What’s your favourite dinner spot in Cape Town? And in Sydney?

For a casual supper in Cape Town, Mano’s never fails – I really like its straightforward menu. For a treat I love La Colombe at Constantia Uitsig. In Sydney, my favourite restaurant is A Tavola – a small Italian place in Darlinghurst, or otherwise China Doll at Woolloomoolloo has a great view of the skyline and offers consistently good Asian food.

10. How would you describe your perfect weekend?

The Klein Karoo is probably one of my favourite places on earth, a weekend with good friends, food and wine, and of course my dogs. In Australia, Port Douglas on the Great Barrier Reef is a favourite destination of mine – warm, fantastically tropical and totally laid back.

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  • You forgot to ask Greg an important question: is he single? 🙂 Really love his home in your fabulous International issue!

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