Gregory Mellor is a South African interior designer who has a wide range of international experience with residential properties and luxury boutique hotels and lodges. He is involved in all aspects of the design process, from assisting with the overall creative direction, architectural design and custom furniture design, the design and decoration of the interiors and consultation on garden spaces. Whilst Gregory is able to work to a variety of briefs, his style is traditionally based, understated, elegant and comfortable. Above all, Gregory’s work is authentic.
After graduating from Cape Town’s premier interior design school, Design Time, the School of Interior Design in 2001, Gregory designed the Southernwood Collection, a bespoke range of furniture for the London-based showroom, JvB. This was awarded the Future of Interior Design award at the UK design fair, Decorex, in 2002. Whilst based in Cape Town, he continued to work on other furniture collections, as well as the designs of homes in the exclusive suburbs around Cape Town.
Gregory moved to Sydney in 2004, working at Thomas Hamel for five years as a Senior Designer. In this role, Gregory was extensively involved in the design and decoration of upmarket homes and hotels across Australia, as well as Singapore, Florida, New York and Provence. In 2009, Greg began his own design studio in Sydney working on residential projects in Sydney, Melbourne, country Victoria and Port Douglas in North Queensland.
Gregory returned to Cape Town in 2011 and has since designed homes across the country – the Natal Midlands, Karoo, Johannesburg, Plettenberg Bay, Cape Town. This included the recently completed renovation of Akademie St Boutique Hotel in Franschhoek. During this time, Gregory also collaborated with Cecile & Boyd under creative directorship of Boyd Ferguson on Singita Lodges in South Africa and Tanzania. Amongst others, publications featuring his work are Conde Nast House & Garden; British Homes and Gardens, Belle Australia, Inside-Out and Spanish Architectural Digest. His own Karoo farmhouse was recently published in Quivertree’s Remarkable Heritage Houses of South Africa
Gregory pays close attention to the architecture of a building and its surrounds. “I feel it is critically important for each interior to be unique in the way it responds to its occupant’s lifestyle, yet there should be a common thread of incredible comfort and great style”.