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Doherty Design Studio

Doherty Design Studio is an award-winning Interior Design practice based in Melbourne. The studio creates tailored residential, multi-residential and commercial spaces throughout Australia.

Drawing on the strength of its professional team and collaborations with some of Australia’s leading creatives, the studio aims to enhance an interior experience through intuitive, holistic design principles and bespoke finishes that express individuality.

The studio has been awarded Winner of the IDEA 2018 Editors Award for consistently producing a high-quality body of work, with excellent design and attention to detail. 

 

What We Do

Doherty Design Studio are immersed in every stage of the design process - from concept to completion. Collaborating closely with clients, developers, architects, builders, suppliers and craftspeople to ensure the spaces created are truly exceptional.

Our expert knowledge encompasses both interior architecture and decoration. We can be engaged for the following services:

  • Interior Design for new builds, developments & renovations
  • Residential / Commercial / Retail / Workplaces / Hospitality
  • Interior Documentation / Bespoke Joinery & Cabinetry
  • Curation of fine art & objects

Initial Consultation 

Our studio works closely with private and commercial clients to ensure clarity of purpose, budget and creative vision. Whether home owners, developers, retailers or hoteliers, the initial consultation with DDS is a deep dive into the requirements of the project, the interior ‘wish list’, desired outcomes, budget, timeframe and collaborators (architects, builders etc). Understanding the big picture of the project allows us to get cracking on what we do best; creating tailor-made interiors.

Concept

Next step is a site visit to understand and measure-up the spaces involved in the project. We further discuss and explore the design intent, the desired aesthetics of the interior and how the spaces need to work. We also work towards a deeper understanding of how the project team will be working together.  An initial project timeline is devised and the concept inspiration comes together.

Creation

This is the moment when the interior design concept comes to life. We bring to you our vision for the new interior using 3D renders, floor plans, moodboards, product samples and essential details of fixtures, fittings, material samples and anything else we believe will allow our clients to see, feel and experience the unique creative vision for the new interior. 

Planning & Documentation

Our studio is meticulous about highly detailed documentation. Once the client has approved the proposed design, we move on to a thorough documentation phase so that the project is ready for tender. It involves construction documentation, equipment schedule, finishes schedule, lighting schedule and coordination of the tendering process. (This is where our little black book comes in handy!)

Site Support & Construction

During the construction phase, we offer site support to the builder to ensure a successful result. Our on-site services include site visits, liaison with tradespeople, troubleshooting and quality control.

Decoration & Styling

Doherty Design Studio is passionate about the curation of exceptional furniture, art and objects for the interiors it designs as well as getting down to the intimate details of soft furnishings and window coverings. We have an extensive catalogue to draw upon as well as our ongoing curiosity for new materials and products and custom design joinery, masonry, cabinetry and furniture.

Mardi Doherty | Director

Mardi is the Director of Doherty Design Studio (DDS) and has more than 20 years’ experience in residential and commercial interior design projects. Her passion for interior design has lead DDS to work on a portfolio of multi-disciplinary projects across Melbourne and encourage the studio to design with a highly collaborative and bespoke approach.  

“We love to collaborate and be inspired at every stage of the design process – with our clients, architects, builders, engineers and cabinet makers to ensure the light, texture, forms and environments we create are truly exceptional.”

Before establishing her studio in 2014, Mardi worked on retail interiors for brands including Hugo Boss, Diesel, the Conran Group, Victoria’s Secret as well as interiors for the NGV at Federation Square. 

Mardi has a Bachelor of Arts (Interior Design) from RMIT University and is a Registered Draftsperson (Interior Design). She is a Member of the Design Institute of Australia and a Member of the DIA Practice Group. She is a regular speaker on Interior Design ideas and practice, she was a judge for the Australian Interior Design Awards, and DDS continues to support new talent through RMIT University’s School of Interior Design’s INDEX graduate exhibition.

 

Michelle Evans | Associate

Michelle, a qualified Interior Designer, brings a wealth of knowledge to Doherty Design Studio with over 10 years industry experience in residential, commercial and retail projects. Recently promoted to Associate, Michelle has been working alongside Mardi for 9 years and prides herself on unique design with a keen eye for joinery detailing. With a focus on client management Michelle’s passion lies in creating fresh interior spaces that offer the studio's clients a distinctive end result.

Instagram

  • Our St Kilda Residence demonstrates that you don’t need to strip a house to carry out a renovation, instead, you can work with what’s currently built, to create interesting, layered spaces
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This is the original red theatre room designed by @kennedy_nolan 18 years ago.⁣
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Visit @thelocalproject for the full story.⁣
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Photography @derek_swalwell⁣, artwork @evi_o ⁣
#dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign #stkildaresidence ⁣
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    2 days ago

    Our St Kilda Residence demonstrates that you don’t need to strip a house to carry out a renovation, instead, you can work with what’s currently built, to create interesting, layered spaces .⁣ This is the original red theatre room designed by @kennedy_nolan 18 years ago.⁣ ⁣ Visit @thelocalproject for the full story.⁣ ⁣ Photography @derek_swalwell⁣, artwork @evi_o ⁣ #dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign #stkildaresidence ⁣ ⁣

  • Our St Kilda Residence 'Colour through the Decades' has been featured on @thelocalproject.⁣
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When does a house become more than just four walls and take on a life and personality of its own? The answer may be found in the St Kilda Residence, a home with a fascinating design lineage encompassing two of Melbourne’s most well-respected design studios.
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Thank you @thelocalproject. Head to their page for the full story and video.
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Built by @omnicon_constructions Photography @derek_swalwell⁣
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#dohertydesignstudio #stkildaresidence #interiordesign #kitchen⁣
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    5 days ago

    Our St Kilda Residence 'Colour through the Decades' has been featured on @thelocalproject.⁣ .⁣ When does a house become more than just four walls and take on a life and personality of its own? The answer may be found in the St Kilda Residence, a home with a fascinating design lineage encompassing two of Melbourne’s most well-respected design studios. ⁣ Thank you @thelocalproject. Head to their page for the full story and video. ⁣ Built by @omnicon_constructions Photography @derek_swalwell⁣ ⁣ #dohertydesignstudio #stkildaresidence #interiordesign #kitchen⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

  • Beautiful restored floors in our Church conversion.⁣
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Photography @derek_swalwell⁣
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#dohertydesignstudio #churchconversion #interiordesign #church⁣
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    8 days ago

    Beautiful restored floors in our Church conversion.⁣ ⁣ Photography @derek_swalwell⁣ ⁣ #dohertydesignstudio #churchconversion #interiordesign #church⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣ ⁣

  • Into the inky-blue dining room through the lead light bi-fold doors.⁣
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Our renovation to Dickens Manor in Elwood, previously a reception centre.⁣
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Photography @derek_swalwell⁣, styling @jess_lillico ⁣
#elwoodresidence #dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign
    11 days ago

    Into the inky-blue dining room through the lead light bi-fold doors.⁣ ⁣.⁣ Our renovation to Dickens Manor in Elwood, previously a reception centre.⁣ ⁣ Photography @derek_swalwell⁣, styling @jess_lillico ⁣ #elwoodresidence #dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign

  • Final defects inspection at our Port Melbourne Residence.⁣
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A complete internal renovation for a complex and tight site. This image shows the timber cladding to the hallway walls. More to come soon. ⁣
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#portmelbourneresidence #dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign
    15 days ago

    Final defects inspection at our Port Melbourne Residence.⁣ .⁣ A complete internal renovation for a complex and tight site. This image shows the timber cladding to the hallway walls. More to come soon. ⁣ ⁣ #portmelbourneresidence #dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign

  • We had a great evening last week @christopherboots discussing our Church Conversion and its incredible custom 6 meter pendant light.⁣
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Sometimes it's the only light our client has on in the whole house, and its light softly penetrates into every room.⁣
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During the day the house is filled by coloured light filtering through the stained-glass windows. A beautiful space.⁣ SWIPE to watch the install video

Photography @derek_swalwell
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#designthinkers #churchconversion #dohertydesignstudio
    18 days ago

    We had a great evening last week @christopherboots discussing our Church Conversion and its incredible custom 6 meter pendant light.⁣ .⁣ Sometimes it's the only light our client has on in the whole house, and its light softly penetrates into every room.⁣ .⁣ During the day the house is filled by coloured light filtering through the stained-glass windows. A beautiful space.⁣ SWIPE to watch the install video Photography @derek_swalwell ⁣ #designthinkers #churchconversion #dohertydesignstudio