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In Profile:
Natalie Bulwer Interiors

In Profile:

Natalie Bulwer Interiors

Shortlisted: for 1 category

The International Design & Architecture Awards 2024

Name: Natalie Bulwer

Company: Natalie Bulwer Interiors

Position within company: Owner 


Tell us a little about your background in design (education, experience, etc)

With a trained eye cultivated through roots in the study of fine arts and work experience in the fashion industry, Natalie has developed an intuitive rhythm for creating harmony through visual textures and an exploration of pallets and proportions. Art has always been a major focus in my journey and sourcing investment art is integral to my business.

How would you describe your personal design style?

A dance between contemporary design and classical influence expressed through sensual surfaces, tactile interest and dynamic contradiction.

Where does your design inspiration come from?

Selecting art is often my first point of inspiration for a design scheme as it offers a window to your client’s personality and in doing so weaves the thread that runs through a harmonious tailored interior.

In what direction do you feel that design is moving towards in a general sense?

I feel that the balance and quality of natural elements in our homes to create harmony is more of a priority than ever before.

Sustainability is key, in the form of innovative materials but moreso through venerated treasured pieces and valuing the sustainability of quality. Biophilic design will only gain momentum

Name five key themes to consider when approaching design in 2023 and beyond.

The rich multicultural presence in design and instant inspiration allows for constantly evolving themes and the collision of different aesthetics, that can be incorporated if the project allows for it.

How important are The International Design & Architecture Awards?

The International Design & Architecture Awards are of extreme importance as it provides an essential platform for peer review and international recognition. I feel honoured to be shortlisted and look forward to seeing the incredible projects my fellow designers have completed.

What projects are you currently working on?

We have a number of exciting luxury residential project running throughout South Africa and we are rediscovering the incredible artisanal talent our country has to offer through a heritage hospitality project in the Cape Winelands.

What was your favourite project to work on and why?

It is very hard to choose, we are lucky enough to have great clients and each of our projects have so many good elements.

What was your most challenging project to work on and why?

Every project has challenged us in a unique way, and regardless of the extend of the challenge allowed us to elevate the design.

Which products/services could you not live without when designing?

Excellent craftsmanship and quality textiles.

What are your aims and goals for the next twelve months?

To discover and empower emerging talent and artist to elevate and push our boundaries. We aim to increase discernment when selecting future projects to ensure that we can pursue excellence.

If you could offer one piece of advice when it comes to design schemes, what would it be?

Balance in every sense.

Final thoughts; tell us a little more about yourself and your daily inspirations:

Your most treasured possession?
My home, I love every corner of it.

Your favourite holiday destination?

Your favourite hotel, restaurant & bar?

A constantly evolving list! Cape Town is a culinary capital. 

Your favourite book, film & song?

My favourite book is The Alchemist and my favourite film id Breakfast at Tiffany’s. My passion for discovering artists extends to the music industry so my playlist are updated weekly with new songs from a variety of genres.

Your favourite food and drink?
My love for diversity makes it impossible to but a favourite drink would be a cup of Taganda tea.

Your favourite way to spend an afternoon?

Creating a design scheme with newly discovered artisanal work.

If you weren’t a designer, what would you be?
An Artist.

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