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Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

Hi decor8 readers, it’s Jillian here bringing you another Shopgirl Studio Tour. When I visited Koskela a few months ago, I was introduced to the work of Greg Hatton. Greg is a furniture maker, lighting designer and recycle extraordinaire who’s made his home in an old butter factory in the village of Newstead, Australia. You may have seen his work here before on decor8.
Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton
Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

When I saw his work, I was so intrigued I wanted to see more and knowing I was going to be in Melbourne on a work trip, I emailed him to arrange a visit. In one of those extraordinary quirks of fate, I discovered Greg lived a short drive away from one of my dear friends, with whom I was to stay.

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

On a gorgeous sunny day, we drove to the Butter Factory. The countryside surrounding the factory is just gorgeous. The Old Butter Factory is an extraordinary building that Greg has resurrected. He’s painstakingly stripped it back to it’s current state – part workshop/part furniture showroom/part garden with a dash of accommodation thrown in for good measure.  The garden has some intriguing outbuildings and remnants of it’s previous life as a factory.

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

I also spied one of Leila Sanderson’s cute teepees in the garden.

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

I roamed around with my camera – In the workroom I spied the fixings for some of Greg’s Fowler jar pendant lights and a Beetle Track stool in production. The main area of the Butter factory is enormous and I think it would be a great venue for a unique wedding celebration. Much of the furniture has been named like the aptly titled Flying saucer light, one of my favorites; the fantastic smooth sticky ball light and the upcycled bee box sideboard in the entry.

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

Greg is in the process of building some self contained accommodation to be furnished with his designs, all of which will be for sale. What a great idea to be able to take a little bit of something home with you! I was so inspired by the countryside, I’m now dreaming of my own little country getaway. Do you have similar dreams?

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

This talented man is on a mission is to combine art and nature with function and I think you’ll agree he’s managed to achieve this and much more. Many thanks to Greg and Katie for allowing me into their home.

Shopgirl Visits Aussie Designer Greg Hatton

How’s this for a modern interpretation of a Christmas tree?

I’ll be traveling a bit for the next several weeks and will visit some inspiring spaces in NYC that I hope to share with you upon my return. Until then! – Jillian.

(text/photography: jillian leiboff)

Posted by decor8 in Shopgirl Visits on September 26, 2012

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  1. Pilar commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 3:56pm

    I love it! great spaces! so simple but beautiful!

    Pilar´s last blog post ..Black dress!

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  2. Esther commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 4:32pm

    Oh, I love that blue lamp. Wonderful!!
    Esther.
    Esther´s last blog post ..Breakfast in bed bag

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  3. Aran commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 4:37pm

    What a cool space. It’s full of so much “ruin porn”. I love that dining table.

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  4. Kathleen commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 6:24pm

    Creativity with what’s on hand. I love that it all fits in with his butter factory location. All wood items remind me that it’s a basic thing we should all use and recycle. I like the flying saucer light fixture the best. I also want a butter factory of my own!!
    Kathleen´s last blog post ..My First Niche Box

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  5. Karena commented
    September 26th, 2012 at 8:13pm

    Holly while I am not a country girl I love this space; so creative and unique!!

    xoxo
    Karena
    2012 Artists Series
    Karena´s last blog post ..A Conversation with the Internationally Acclaimed Artist Steven Miller

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  6. Jillian Leiboff commented
    September 27th, 2012 at 3:43am

    The flying saucer light is my favourite as well. I can see one or two hanging in my dream country cottage in the nearby village of Chewton.

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  7. Yna commented
    September 27th, 2012 at 1:01pm

    Was für tolle Fotos und Ideen. Den Weihnachtsbaum muss ich mir auf jeden Fall merken. Falls ich mal ausnahmsweise über Weihnachten zu Hause bin :) LG Yna
    Yna´s last blog post ..Award- Danke!

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  8. Merri Cvetan commented
    September 27th, 2012 at 6:34pm

    My country get away would be an apartment in Paris or New York. Forget the country, I’d rather recharge in a grande ville!

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  9. Cathy commented
    September 28th, 2012 at 6:46am

    This feels like fall, and makes me happy! Thanks for posting :)

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  10. Pilar commented
    October 7th, 2012 at 1:56pm

    Hey! You’ll love this place!

    Pilar´s last blog post .."La Importadora"

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  11. Katie commented
    October 8th, 2012 at 9:15pm

    What an amazing looking light fixture made out of twigs!
    Katie´s last blog post ..A Swedish lakeside getaway

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