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 In Lifestyle

Women of Design – GOLDEN

In Melbourne, we want every interior beautifully designed and we find inspiration in spaces ranging from coffee shops and restaurants to hair salons and yoga studios.

In Melbourne, we want every interior beautifully designed and we find inspiration in spaces ranging from coffee shops and restaurants to hair salons and yoga studios.

One interior design firm that has been awarded on multiple fronts is Golden – with young interior designers Kylie Dorotic and Alicia McKimm at the helm. You may know the practice through its work on The Penny Drop cafe, Moby 3143, Warrior One Yoga Studio and Lenny 3206.

Golden has also gained recognition for their signature style on residential projects and we spoke with Kylie and Alicia about what type of homes they enjoy creating.

“Our favourite projects are the ones where we have an affinity with our clients,” said Kylie. “We felt this relationship recently with two residential projects, Albert Park Residence and The Esplanade. Both positioned in charming iconic Melbourne streets, we were given full scope from design to furniture, this paired with a high-end level of detail has allowed us to give a wholistic approach with the signature Golden touch to each home,” she said.

“We would love to work on more residential properties with a rich history. We’ve recently completed a project in Albert Park and it was an honour revitalising one of Melbourne’s most significant heritage listed homes. We found it both challenging and exciting, finding a respectful balance between authentic preservation and contemporary design,” said Kylie.

The practice has developed a style that combines the strengths of both Kylie and Alicia.

“My focus is heavily on functionality as well as the uniqueness behind each design detail,” said Alicia. “I’m driven by a desire to express intelligence, minimalism and beauty through design. Paired with Kylie who has a strong conceptual focus, looking for ideas that have positive emotional affect, functionality and impressive design nous,” she said.

You may know the practice through its work on The Penny Drop cafe, Moby 3143, Warrior One Yoga Studio and Lenny 3206.

Golden’s fundamental focus is producing interiors driven by one big idea – establishing the story.

“From here we zone in on the smaller details derived from a combination of factors – the client’s brief, the budget and the location. By starting big, it allows us to not get lost through the process as the project turns and changes,” said Alicia.

Taking the big leap into starting their own business was driven by the need for creative freedom.

“When setting out to start working on my own without a strong plan, I didn’t believe it would end up here and in this timeframe,” said Kylie. “I had a great level of respect for Alicia’s design aesthetic and we had collaborated together before. So, when the decision to start a business together came up, it felt right. I knew working together would produce a richer quality of work and make for a much more enjoyable day-to-day experience,” she said.

Both Alicia and Kylie has similar roles in the business however smaller tasks are varied.

“My focus is more on the design, marketing and sales side of the business,” said Kylie. “I’m the big picture dreamer, and Alicia balances that out with her strong business sensibility. She’s the practical voice of reason in the partnership, so naturally fell into handling some of the financial components of the business too. In terms of design, Alicia and I believe our combined aesthetic is what drives the GOLDEN studio and our creative focus,” she said.

You can view more of Golden’s Projects here.

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