Natalie Umbert was born in Peru and moved to the US in 1975. She was raised in South Florida and attended Tufts University in Boston where she earned a BA in English and French Literature. After creative and varied professions in both the music and fashion industries, she was still eager to explore her greatest passion, interior design.
With nothing more than a few sketches and a lot of enthusiasm, Natalie was accepted to the Parsons School of Design in New York. At Parsons, she further developed her design skills and gained vast exposure to the interiors industry. After graduation, Natalie trained at the New York firm of Mariette Himes Gomez, whose work she greatly admired. There she gained invaluable experience in the field of luxury design. Natalie subsequently worked for firms in Miami and Los Angeles, and opened her own firm, atelier natalie umbert, just after earning an MBA from the Merage School of Business at the University of California, Irvine.
Natalie’s aesthetic is a contemporary mix of traditional and modern with ethnic, fashion, and pop culture influences. Driven by her varied life, travel, and professional experiences, she is known for her ability to arrive at something unique yet accessible through her thoughtful combination of influences, periods, color and texture.