You can buy every piece of furniture in this Melbourne wine bar

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Sydney-based interior designer Greg Natale is known for his opulent style, bright colours and rich textures. He’s no stranger to a high-end project (like this jaw-dropping four-level waterfront home) and his ability to merge classic and modern interiors has seen him succeed in a wide range of residential and commercial projects.

His latest is the Le Plonc wine bar in Melbourne’s Armadale. Located in a 107-year-old building that started its life as a theatre (but has also done stints as a toy factory and indoor ski slope), Natale is up to his old tricks, seamlessly integrating old and new.

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He has created a sumptuous space with rich navy upholstery, black-stained timber floors and fluted wall treatments that add fabulous texture. There are a range of seating options, from casual lounge areas in the bar to a private dining room for special events.

The first Le Plonc wine bar opened in California’s Silicon Valley just over a year ago – one of the original owners is Australian and he is behind the brand coming to Melbourne.

Every light fitting and piece of furniture used in Le Plonc is from James Said luxury furniture – and is available for purchase. In fact, the entire bar and restaurant are actually housed within the James Said showroom, which Natale also designed. Not that you’d ever guess that this warm, intimate bar was a place of commerce – it feels much more like a dusky date venue than a sterile shop.

The bar features custom ombré walls, which start deep blue at floor level and gradually fade into white ceilings. The inspiration behind this bold design choice was the conflicting briefs given to Natale; Le Plonc wanted white ceilings, while James Said made it clear that using navy blue was crucial. “The challenge was giving everyone everything,” says Natale.

“The idea was to deliver something that met both briefs but remained cool, dreamy and minimal,” says Natale. “The idea of this soft ombré gradient presented itself as an impactful, evocative solution.”

“We wanted to tie Le Plonc’s wines and James Said’s furniture together in a chic, instantly Instagrammable way,” says Natale. The result is Insta-glam.


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