Mardi Doherty and Fiona Lynch tell us what makes their Melbourne design studio Doherty Lynch tick.
What work does your studio do? Residential, retail, commercial and hospitality. We create fresh, engaging interiors with a sensitivity to the human experience of a space. In retail, we meet client briefs with our own Doherty Lynch signature of bespoke detailing, playful elements, a strong use of colour and richness of materials. In residential projects, we understand a client’s lifestyle needs and interpret this into a personalized interior, using all our design strengths.
How big is your team? We have a core team of six and a broader team of professionals, including architects, structural engineers, planners and builders, who we collaborate with on many projects.
Where are your design projects located? Most of our projects are in Melbourne. However, we do quite a lot of work in Sydney too (most recently we did Sydney’s Westfield CBD Paul & Joe store – our third for the brand). Currently, we are doing a national rollout of thirty fashion stores for Perth-based label Flower, with the first two in Adelaide and Brisbane.
Do you prefer to draw by hand or by computer? The early stages of a project are always sketched on trusted yellow trace and we often end up with piles of it before we transfer the design onto computer. As a studio, we encourage hand-drawn sketches as it’s quick and loose. From there, the design is developed and documented on CAD.
Are you a left- or a right-brain designer? We are both right brain designers for sure!
Which project are you best known for? Probably the stores we’ve designed for the French fashion label Paul & Joe, including two Sydney stores and one Melbourne store.
What’s your favourite finished project so far? That’s so hard to decide! And it really depends on a client’s reaction – if they love it, we love it too. A recent favourite is the rebuild of Finnon Glen (Fiona’s family holiday home), which was burnt down during the Black Saturday bushfires in Victoria. This is a favourite not only because of a resulting collaboration with JCB Architects, but also because of a family connection to the property.
What do you wish you did more of? We recently steered the interior design of a hotel in South Melbourne and we would love to do more of that. The hospitality sector is so exciting from a public design perspective – it’s fast-paced and dynamic. On a personal level, both Fiona and I would love to share a studio space to indulge in our love of painting – it’s something we don’t seem to get any time for these days!
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