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  • MARQUISE flagship store / WINNER Belle Design Awards (Commercial Interior)

    19 Nov 2020

    We are immensely proud to be announced as a winner of the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards – Best Commercial Interior. The Marquise flagship store is located in Malvern Central, and in a year when retail has been hurting so much, we are thrilled to share this award with our clients - an Australian family-owned business.

    Designed as part inner sanctum with elements of play and nostalgia, the Marquise Flagship Store is a space that encourages true appreciation for the intricacies of shopping for baby clothes. Porcelain pink textured plastered walls and calming feature lights are complimented by carefully placed pops of colour - cobalt blue wall features, tiled display plinths and a custom coloured acrylic ceiling feature that was inspired by the 1960s toy Playplax. This space provides a fresh take on nostalgic childhood memories, so appropriate to a brand nearly 90 years old.

    Published - Belle (Dec 2020)
    Photographer - Sean Fennessy

  • Interior Design Awards // IDEA 2020

    05 Oct 2020

    We are so proud to be recognised in the Interior Design Excellence Awards / IDEA 2020, shortlisted for our Malvern Residence and Marquise Flagship Store projects.

    It is a real honour to be named alongside such an inspiring group of designers.

    Published: Inside, Interior Design Review Magazine (September 2020)
    Photographer: Malvern Residence (Derek Swalwell),
    Marquise Flagship Store (Sean Fennessy)

  • Design from home during COVID

    07 Sep 2020

    Working during COVID is a challenge for everyone and particularly here in Melbourne during stage 4 lockdown. We won’t let the distance keep us apart, so each of our team are busy working from home offices - keeping connected to clients and project teams with many phone chats and Zoom video calls.

    The Doherty Design Studio website is being regularly updated with images from our building sites to view the beautiful craftsmanship of our designers and trades. In addition to the daily phone calls and virtual screen sharing for project development, our work in progress update is held each week online to keep the whole team connected. Plus a frequent virtual drink is welcomed on a Friday afternoon :)

    Our studio can be contacted on or call 9815 2737 for a chat if preferred.

  • Business development with DIA (Design Institute of Australia) during COVID

    12 Aug 2020

    Our Director Mardi Doherty is a passionate member of the DIA - Small and Medium Practice Groups.  Mardi meets bi-monthly with a group of like-minded Interior Designers to collaborate on business development for the Interior Design industry.

  • Commercial design recognition / Belle awards finalist

    12 Jul 2020

    We are honoured our MARQUISE Flagship store is a Finalist in Commercial Interior for the Belle Coco Republic Interior Design Awards 2020.

    This store was conceived as an inner sanctum with elements of play, nostalgia and room for true appreciation for the intricacies of shopping for baby clothes. The end result is both playful and nostalgic.

    “The porthole gives a striking first impression.
    You have to look inside don’t you, whatever age you are.”
    Mardi Doherty

    Image: MARQUISE flagship store, Photographer: Sean Fennessy
  • Lives in Colour / Design Book

    08 Jul 2020

    Lives in Colour by Helen Radden is a collection of honest tales told by a diverse group of creative individuals about the way colour weaves its thread through their professional and personal endeavours. We are thrilled our Director Mardi is featured among this artistic group.

    A beautiful read, already well-worn in our office - now available to purchase online or instore at leading book retailers.

    Cover by Isamu Sawa, internal images by Julian Kingma.
  • Interior Design Recognition / The Design Files Awards Finalist

    06 Jul 2020

    We are so excited our MALVERN Residence has been recognised as a Finalist in The Design Files & Laminex Design Awards 2020.

    “When Doherty Design Studio Director Mardi Doherty and Associate Niv Kelkar were tasked with the update of a 1980s home with a monolithic facade in Malvern, the timing was serendipitous. Having just returned from a trip to Palm Springs for Modernism Week, the award-winning designer was brimming with inspiration on how to revitalise the house’s tired interiors with glamour and colour, while respecting its architectural origins.”

    Amelia Barnes for The Design Files - Thursday 16th April 2020

    Image: MALVERN Residence, Photographer: Derek Swalwell
  • Interior Design Recognition / Australian Interior Design Awards Finalist

    25 Mar 2020

    We are honoured our MALVERN Residence has been announced on the shortlist for Residential Design, in the Australian Interior Design Awards / AIDA in 2020

    Reminiscent of resort-style living in Palm Springs, this spacious home with pitched glass atrium has been extensively renovated. Drawing from the building’s architectural heritage (originally designed by renowned architect Peter McIntyre), we crafted a contemporary version of this 1980s home, filtered through a modernist glamour lens.

    Our sincere thanks to our trusting clients who let us add the disco back to this modern family home.

    Image: MALVERN Residence, Photographer: Derek Swalwell

  • Colour recognition / Dulux Awards Finalists

    19 Mar 2020

    We are thrilled to be shortlisted for Residential Interior for, not one, but three of our projects in the Dulux Colour Awards 2020.

    A different approach with colour was taken for each project to bring the features of each site to life.

    Confident use of colour from the 1980s era was celebrated in our MALVERN project. Colour was kept at the fore in the retro-inspired interiors of our ST KILDA project. And finally, a calm colour palette connected the outdoors and celebrates earthy tones of our THORNTON country home.

    Images: MALVERN Residence, ST KILDA Residence, THORNTON Residence. Photographer: Derek Swalwell
  • H&G Top 50 Rooms Win

    06 Nov 2019

    We were really thrilled to win an award in the House & Garden Top 50 2019 for our THORNTON country home.

    ‘’With its soaring ceiling and vast walls of glass, this living room is at one with its rural Victorian location. The owners asked Doherty Design Studio and Detail 9 Architects to design a contemporary country retreat that was low maintenance and had a sense of calm. The tapered fireplace and pitched ceiling frame the view, while the textured furnishings and fittings around the fireplace ensure cosiness when the temperature drops.’’

  • Shortlisted in The Design Files Awards

    22 Jul 2019

    We are excited to announce that our St Kilda Residence and Thornton Residence have been shortlisted in The Design Files inaugural awards.

    The winner will be announced 19 September in Melbourne. Fingers crossed!

    Image: Thornton Residence - photographed by Derek Swalwell

  • Judging the 2019 Dulux Awards

    13 May 2019

    Mardi, alongside Rosa Coy, director of Coy Yiontis Architects; Simon Farrell-Green, editor of HOME magazine in New Zealand; Matt Gibson, director of Matt Gibson Architecture + Design; and Carole Whiting, director of Carole Whiting Interiors + Design, were selected as judges for the 33rd Dulux Colour Awards.

    The latest edition of Dulux Colour Awards marks the 33rd year of recognising architects and interior designers for their creative use of colour in projects.

    "It was a wonderful process to be a part of and great to see the breadth of quality design we have in Australia," said Mardi, director of Doherty Design Studio.

    Visit the Dulux website to see the full list of winners and commendations. 


  • IDEA Editors Award Winners

    26 Nov 2018

    We are thrilled to have won the Editors Award at the 2018 IDEA (Interior Design Excellence Awards) for 'continually producing a strong body of work, with excellent design and attention to detail'. 

    Thank you to our wonderful team, our clients, collaborators, builders and suppliers we work with. Thank you also to Niche Media for the award and for a wonderful celebratory evening. 


  • Vogue Living Women of Excellence

    12 Nov 2018

    Vogue Living is honouring Melbourne’s creative stars in the second edition of their Women of Excellence dinner series, in partnership with BMW.  

    Mardi has been asked to speak, alongside Clare Cousins of Clare Cousins Architecture, Iva Foschia of IF Architecture and photographer Sharyn Cairns.  

    Vogue Living editor Rebecca Caratti will lead a round-table dialogue with the quartet on how they started in their respective careers, what it takes to climb to the top of their professions, and the collaborations and design innovations that inspire them to drive change for a better world.

    Please join us! 

    Event - 6.30pm 20 February 2019

    Location - Melbourne Flower Merchant, 2/555 Bourke Street, Melbourne

    Purchase tickets here 

  • DDS Shortlisted in the 2018 IDEA Awards

    23 Aug 2018

    We are still on a high after finding out our Beechworth, Kew and Elwood residences have been shortlisted in the 2018 IDEA Awards.

    To top it all off we have been shortlisted for Interior Designer of the Year!!

    Winners will be announced in November and we can't wait! ⠀

  • Beechworth Residence Shortlisted for AIDA and Dulux Awards

    12 Apr 2018

    We are very excited that our Beechworth Residence has been shortlisted in the Australian Interior Design Awards (AIDA) Residential Decoration Category and is also a finalist in the Dulux Colour Awards. 

    We have been shortlisted alongside some of the best in the Australian design industry and we can't wait for the result. 

    AIDA Awards will be announced on May 25 and the Dulux Awards will be announced on May 10. 



  • Modernism Week in Palm Springs

    12 Feb 2018

    Mardi is currently in Palm Springs, California for Modernism week (15 - 25 February) an annual event that celebrates mid-century Architecture, Interior Design and culture.

    Please follow Mardi on our Doherty Design Studio Instagram for regular updates. 

  • Merry Christmas

    22 Dec 2017

    Thank you to all our wonderful clients and suppliers for a great 2017. 

    We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and relaxing break with family and friends.

    Our office will be closed from Friday 22 December to Wednesday 10 January. 

    We look forward to working with everyone again next year. 

    Image: Salvador Dali’s home, Portlligat, Spain

  • Sponsoring INDEX 2017

    21 Nov 2017

    Doherty Design Studio are pleased to be a sponsor for INDEX 2017.

    INDEX is the RMIT University Bachelor of Interior Design (Honours) graduate exhibition.

    The exhibition is seen as a celebration of the student’s time in the course, and offers a projection into the future directions of Interior Design theory & practice.

    It is a celebration and a forum about the interior that includes presentations, examinations and the public exhibition of work. 

    Find out more about INDEX 2017 

  • Shortlisted in the 2017 IDEA Awards

    22 Aug 2017

    We are excited to announce that our Brighton (pictured) and Fitzroy Residences have been shortlisted in the 2017 IDEA Awards.

    Our Brighton Residence has been nominated for both Residential Decoration and Residential Single and our Fitzroy Residence has been nominated for Residential Decoration.

    The awards and winners will be announced in November this year. Finger crossed!

    View the full shortlist for the 2017 IDEA Awards.

    Photography by Sean Fennessy

  • Australian Interior Design Awards Commendation

    14 Jun 2017

    We are super excited to have received two commendations at the Australian Interior Design Awards earlier this week. We received commendations in both the Residential Design and Residential Decoration categories.

    This image is from our Fitzroy residence, which we completed last year. Thanks to Inarc Architects, Marino Construction and the superb clients.

    Photography by Derek Swalwell, styling by Jess Lillico.

  • Dulux Colour Awards 2017

    10 Apr 2017

    Our Fitzroy residence has been shortlisted in the Single Residential Interior category for the Dulux Colour Awards 2017.

  • Australian Interior Design Awards 2017

    03 Apr 2017

    We have been shortlisted in three categories for the Australian Interior Design Awards! Our Fitzroy residence has been shortlisted for both Best Residential Decoration and Best Residential Design.

    Our Ivanhoe residence (pictured) has also been shortlisted for Best Residential Design. We look forward to hearing the winners announced in June!


  • Merry Christmas from Doherty Design Studio

    19 Dec 2016

    Doherty Design Studio wishes everyone a Merry Christmas and happy and safe holidays. We look forward to continuing our work with our wonderful clients, and starting some exciting projects in 2017!

  • Japan 2016 Architectural Tour

    10 Oct 2016

    Mardi has recently returned from a two week architectural tour in Japan, experiencing some of the best architecture and interiors Tokyo has to offer, including the featured Maison Koichiro Kimura. The 2016 Architectural tour was hosted by Steven Crafti.

  • Grazia & Co - Lunar Collection

    19 Sep 2016

    We have recently collaborated with Grazia & Co on a range of mirrors. Named the Lunar Mirrors, they are designed as purposeful artistic elements that act as sculptural statements as well as reflect natural light, add depth and luminosity to visually expand a space.



  • IDEA Awards 2016

    14 Sep 2016

    We have been shortlisted for two awards in the 2016 IDEA Award, Caulfield Residence - Single Residential Category, Hawthorn Residence - Interior Decoration Category. We look forward to hearing the winners announced in November.


  • The Elms - Brighton

    16 Jul 2016

    We are collaborating with Chan Architects on a boutique multi-res project in Brighton. We can't wait to see this project come to life in the next few months.

  • Reece Designer Looks Series with Jason Grant

    01 Jul 2016

    We have teamed up with interior stylist Jason Grant to produce his dream bathroom for the Reece Designer Looks Series. The bathroom concept was inspired by laid-back living and Bondi costal vibes.



  • Houses Awards 2016

    16 Jun 2016

    Our Vardo Hut has been shortlisted in the Outdoor Category for this years Houses Awards. Made for the Cubby Challange event at the 2015 Melbourne International Flower & Garden Show, the Vardo Hut helped raise funds for the not for profit organisation Kids Under Cover.

  • DIA Instagram Talk with Jardan & Hunting For George

    01 Jun 2016

    Mardi joined forces with Lucy Glade of Hunting For George and Tom Shaw of Jardan to talk all things Instagram at the DIA Dialogue AM talk last week. The team shared their knowledge and experience using social media for business development.



  • Mardi to Judge for the Australian Interior Design Awards

    15 Feb 2016

    Mardi is a judge in this years Australian Interior Design Awards. Good luck to all the participants, we can't wait to see the finalists announced later this year.

  • Dulux Colour Awards 2016

    01 Feb 2016

    We have two projects shortlisted in this years Dulux Colour Awards. We loved working on the Hawthorn Residence and The Refectory at Werribee Mansion, and have been so lucky to work with such trusting clients. Fingers crossed for the awards in April!