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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.


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 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 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.