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.
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:
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.
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.
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 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 led 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, 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.
Doherty Design Studio has been shortlisted for three projects in the 2020 Dulux Colour Awards (including our Malvern Residence, pictured above). To be recognised by the industry at any point is always a pleasure, but in a week of uncertainty this has been a particularly significant and unexpected bit of good news. We were in a dilemma about posting this, but it made us genuinely glad – and we felt it was worth sharing, all things considered. Savouring small moments and strengthening connections will keep us sane! Congratulations to all the nominees, and a shout out to our fellow colleagues and studios who, like us, are working hard to keep things on an even keel during these strange times. Pic @derek_swalwell Styling @heathernetteking #dohertydesignstudio #malvernresidence #interiordesign #duluxcolourawards
Working from home never looked so good! On a serious note, these are strange and challenging times. To everyone out there - our clients, suppliers, consultants, followers, friends and family - please look out for each other and stay healthy and safe. Team DDS x Pic @derek_swalwell
Tile love! We can’t get enough of this amazing mosaic tile from @artedomus - seen here at our Crossman Residence. Hats off to the team at @madisontiling and @fort.com.au for their incredible work on this project. #dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign #crossmanresidence
Another sneak peek from our Crossman Residence. We are beyond excited about this project and can’t wait to show you more! #dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign #crossmanresidence
Progress on site at our Crossman residential project. Choosing grout colours for this ridiculously beautiful terrazzo with @fort.com.au and the exceptional craftsmen at @madisontiling. #dohertydesignstudio #interiordesign #terrazzolove #crossmanresidence
Come on in! Our Malvern Residence will be part of this year’s St Joseph’s Open Houses on Sunday 22 March. This is a wonderful annual fundraiser that gives you the chance to wander through six unique and inspiring homes. Tickets can be purchased at www.openhouses.org.au/ Pic @derek_swalwell #dohertydesignstudio #backtothefutureresidence #malvernresidence #interiordesign #stjoeysopenhouses