Doherty Design Studio | Women in Design

 
 

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“Our design style is contemporary and layered, and we are constantly drawn to Modernist design for inspiration, as well as the 1970’s-1980s for their architectural language and design detail”


 
Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

 

Doherty Design Studio is a multi-disciplinary design practice based in Melbourne, who create tailored residential and commercial environments from concept through to completion throughout Australia. Mardi Doherty, Director of Doherty Design Studio graduated from Interior Design at RMIT, commenced a degree in Architecture, but dropped out to become an artist. She eventually detoured back into design, working for local Melbourne designer Chris Connell, before heading to London where she worked with Conran Design Group and David Collins Architecture & Design.  Mardi returned to Melbourne in 2000 when Federation Square was being designed, and spent three years working on the interiors of the National Gallery of Victoria.

 

Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

 

Following her stint on the NGV Mardi decided to set up her own business - “The decision to open my own studio was quite intuitive just a question of time and place. I was naïve and young, and all I knew was that there was enquiry and interest in what I did, so I launched in! Says Director Mardi Doherty.

The studio draws on the strength of its professional in house team and collaborations with some of Australia’s leading creatives. Their aim is to enhance an interior experience through intuitive, holistic design principles and bespoke finishes that express individuality.

I lead the business but its certainly a sum of parts that keep it thriving. Our team is made up of a talented, hard-working, supportive group of designers.” Says Mardi.

 

Fitzroy Residence

Fitzroy Residence

Church Residence

Church Residence

 

"Its good to know that our studios work is contributing to the design industry, and we have a strong interest in mentoring, and encouraging younger designers.” says Mardi.

Fitzory Residence is one of Doherty Design Studio’s most applauded projects to date. The interior of this contemporary three-level terrace was designed for a couple opting to downsize to an inner city luxurious retreat. The interior takes its lead from the built form and the external materials used in landscaping to create a series of spatially diverse areas. From the entry, the home opens to reveal a richly layered material mix of: ceramic tiles, mirror, steel mesh, fluted glass, terrazzo tiles, stone, light and dark timber veneers, timber-lined ceilings and oak floors.

 

Church Residence

Church Residence

 

Each project is treated individually to reflect the clients needs and personality. We aim to express this through an artistic approach to customisation, materiality and bespoke detailing “

 

Church Residence

Church Residence

 

“Our job is to tell each client’s story in a meaningful way and to create something that is unique to them.” Says Mardi Doherty.

Church Residence is another of Doherty Design Studio’s stand out projects, a four-level, converted 1930s church that has been extensively renovated. The brief required a sophisticated, sympathetic response to the existing architecture. Spatial flow, light, and an outdoor bathing space were important. The project responds to the brief through employing minimal colours and materials and a base palette of white and pale grey ensures a light, calm feel while green acts as a contrasting neutral.

 

Ba Xa Eatery

Ba Xa Eatery

Ba Xa - Commercial Project

Ba Xa - Commercial Project

 

Eatery Ba Xa is a brave and sassy, sweet and gentle casual Vietnamese noodle bar at Melbourne Airports International terminal. Doherty Design Studio & Techne Architecture and Design collaborated to create a noodle bar that goes well beyond the norms of an airport food venue, giving it a sophisticated, feminine and very Melbourne look. The brief for the fit out were complex; the design needed to offer a nod to it’s namesake, the Ba Xa (which translates as ‘female village chief or wifey, someone who is nurturing, strong and fun) but also reflect Melbourne’s dynamic food scene and the punchy flavours of Vietnamese cuisine. A daring feminine aesthetic is delivered via graphic colours and forms. Underpinning it’s look and feel is a palette of neutrals and nude tones, punctuated with blue and maroon. As astute mix of material – natural stone, leather, terrazzo, brass, timber veneer, mirror and mesh provide continuity throughout.

 

Ba Xa - Commercial Project

Ba Xa - Commercial Project

 

The dynamic with our clients is informal yet rigorous, as we respond to the issues each client and site presents." says Mardi Doherty.

 

Hawthorn Residence

Hawthorn Residence

Hawthorn Residence

Hawthorn Residence

 

Hawthorn Residence - a 1980s Cocks Carmichael designed home which needed its interiors brought up to date whilst still celebrating its strong architectural form and beauty. At the heart of the brief was a request to reinvigorate the interior while retaining the home's original features – glass bricks, grey terrazzo floor, pale timber-lined ceilings and front door. Key design aspects are delivered in the form of custom cabinetry, colour blocking, the repetition of pattern and geometric details. The studio responded boldly to their clients love of colour and appreciation of 1980s architecture.

 

Hawthorn Residence

Hawthorn Residence

Mardi Doherty - Director, Doherty Design Studio

Mardi Doherty - Director, Doherty Design Studio


‘Women in Design’ Series by DOT + POP & The Local Project

Edition 1: MELISSA BRIGHT ON EMPOWERMENT | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 2: DESIGN BY GOLDEN | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 3: CASSIE JAMES-HERRICK ON SELF-BELIEF | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 4: STUDIO GRIFFITHS | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Editions to be released every Monday and Wednesday, watch this space!

 
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Studio Griffiths | Women in Design

 
 

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THE LOCAL PROJECT & DOT + POP

“Simplicity, style and elegance are the signature of the most successful design ideas and will always remain the cornerstone of my approach to design” Gilliane Griffiths

 

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Studio Griffiths is an interior architecture and design practice based in Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula, Victoria established in 2014. Headed up by Creative Director Gillianne Griffiths with the philosophy that simplicity, style and elegance are key to successful design.

As a trained musician turned designer, Griffiths orchestrates single and multi-residential spaces with a focus on composition, rhythm and harmony, creating interiors that are considered, uncomplicated and highly sophisticated.

With a master’s degree in music, majoring in conducting, Griffiths began her career as a professional musician. “As a musician I also learnt about architecture and art, and these became a driving force in my creative expression, as they do for many composers. The volumes and forms of buildings, sculptures and paintings can inspire and shape a line of music,” Griffiths says.


 
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There are many qualities in the language of music that are resonant in design, and music thus defines Griffiths’ work as a designer.

For me the two disciplines go hand in hand. Composition, shapes, rhythm and form are used to create harmony in music as they are in design,” Griffiths describes. “I am accustomed to bringing black-and-white notes to life in the same way I can envision a room.” 

 

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Griffiths creates interior spaces that are modern, sophisticated and uncomplicated. Studio Griffiths’ work exudes a feeling of peace and calm, whether it’s a high-end home in Melbourne or a more organic abode on Mornington Peninsula. With restraint and attention to detail, rooms are carefully composed with all elements working together in perfect harmony.

“Any project will have endless possibilities, as long as you search for them. Our role is to realise our client’s dream home,” Griffiths says.

 

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Griffiths takes a purist approach to the forms in a room before layering it with warm and natural textures, jewel-coloured accents and shimmering metallic finishes. Custom elements add one-of-a-kind detail, and clients are always left with space to add their own personality and expression.

“It’s rewarding to see the joy and satisfaction clients get from living in their home and making it their own,” says Griffiths.

Offering a full interior architecture, design and decoration service for single and multi-residential projects, Griffiths takes a hands-on approach from the commencement to completion of the project. She leads a talented and professional team of designers with the studio consistently delivering spaces that exceed client expectations. Gilliane’s philosophy is to approach design with transparency and without constraints that limit a space to just one style.

 

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“In a nutshell, my style is understated luxury, sophisticated, elegant, considered and effortless. I am renowned for my uncomplicated and considered approach to intelligent design. I love minimalist and clean design, so my spaces are restrained but extremely functional and exudes warmth.”

The studio’s signature colours are Black, Charcoal, Greys, White and tonal variations. In addition, neutral earthy tones layered with accents of muted colour, unique objects and textural elements are always layered into the design.

“Using natural elements makes us feel calm, grounded and, above all, relaxed and connected with our surroundings”. 

 


 

Main Ridge House is one of Studio Griffiths most applauded projects to date. Located on a quiet hillside in the idyllic Victorian town of Main Ridge, this three-bedroom, three-bathroom modern English farmhouse is casual, sophisticated and timeless. The rolling green countryside and lush vineyards that surround this family farmhouse inspired the approach to the interior design.

The idea was to merge the forms of traditional farmhouses with clean contemporary lines whilst offering visual continuity with nature. The result is a modern interpretation of traditional English barn architecture. It strikes a balance between natural textures and materials, earth dark-stained furniture and black-stained panelling, juxtaposed against floor-to-ceiling panelled clinical white joinery.

 

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The open-plan living, dining, and kitchen area is at the centre of the house where it opens to outdoor living spaces and the landscapes to the north and south. The kitchen with its new three-metre-long central island bench, black stone and timber panelling is a focal point and juxtaposes the clinical white joinery behind beautifully. This central space leads to the bedrooms, bathrooms and utility zones and the consistent use of materials, colours and finishes creates cohesion throughout.

Floor to ceiling glass doors and windows offer a strong connection to the outdoors and frame views of the surrounding farmland so the expansive landscape can be enjoyed from every angle of the spaces throughout the house. A structure that provides room to breathe, see, hear and experience the surroundings, Main Ridge House delivers understated luxury and an exciting play of form and function.

 

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‘Women in Design’ Series by DOT + POP & The Local Project


Edition 1: MELISSA BRIGHT ON EMPOWERMENT | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 2: DESIGN BY GOLDEN | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Edition 3: CASSIE JAMES-HERRICK ON SELF-BELIEF | WOMEN IN DESIGN

Editions to be released every Monday and Wednesday, watch this space!