Creative home and studio of artist & collector Greg Irvine

Wow I just caught up with one of my favourite blogs, The Design Files, who post the most inspiring and visually stunning articles on the Australian creative & design community.  They have posted two recent articles which I can't stop thinking about and revisiting including an interview with  jewelers Rachel Gorman and Emily Green. Yesterday they featured a home tour of the extraordinary kind, one which allowed us a glimpse into the wonderful home and world of artist and passionate collector Greg Irvine. I LOVED discovering him and his infectious laugh and spirit in the accompanying video (which I've shared here).

"Greg’s collections are tightly controlled.  The rule is ‘if I can’t display it, I don’t own it’ – he’s not interested in simply amassing things and squirrelling them away.  Each collection is carefully considered, and artfully displayed.  To Greg, they are installations – curated, and meticulously well kept.  There is not a skerrick of dust to be seen, either, which I know seems unfathomable, but it’s true.  Greg takes ‘house proud’ to new heights."

GregIrvine_6-600x800"Kitchen details.  The kitchen sink is a large antique enamel sink from a junk shop, whilst a blue enamel wash tub sits alongside on the bench. Shelving above houses a collection of Victorian canisters and Victorian doll stoves.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files."

GregIrvine_16-600x800"Master bedroom looking out to hallway.  Greg’s collections of fabrics, hats, vintage suitcases, decorative boxes and accessories are neatly displayed in open shelving.  As he says in the video below ‘My rule is if I can’t display it, I don’t own it.  I’m not interested in hoarding’.  Greg’s collection of vintage fabrics informs many of the patterns in his paintings. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files."


Greg’s remarkable collection of antique tortoiseshell haircombs. Greg has been collecting these treasured pieces since the 60’s, when he says he would pick them up secondhand for $5.00 a piece.  ‘Shardware’ mosaic-encrusted dressing table created by Greg. Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.


Greg’s master bedroom, showcasing his impressive collection of Victorian plates and an original Victoria wash stand with jug and basin.  Photo – Eve Wilson, production – Lucy Feagins / The Design Files.