What really happens in a design studio?

Along with Figr Architecture and CMD we chatted with Natalie Mortimer from Australian Design Review about the highlights and challenges of running a design practice. 

The speaker panel was part of The Design Co-op initiative for Melbourne Design Week.

"From arguments with builders to timber factories burning down (yes, that really happened!) the real life of a design studio isn’t as glamorous as you might believe. ADR editor Natalie Mortimer recently hosted a panel at the Design Co-op  during Melbourne Design Week and spoke to Michael Artemenko of Figr Architecture, Mairead Murphy of Maike Studio and Camilla Molders of Camilla Molders Design to find out the truth behind running a practice. Below is an edited version..." 

Read the full interview here.

Domain - Nine amazing renovation opportunities on offer right now

"They are historic gems, hidden in Sydney’s hottest suburbs or tucked away in regional towns, just waiting for a makeover to bring them back to life.

“I think nearly everyone dreams about renovating a property like that,” says interior architect Mairead Murphy.  “There’s something so romantic about finding that old building and returning it back to its former grandeur.”..."

Read the full article here...

Tide Showroom - Studio Home Feature

The lovely showroom project we designed for Tide Design Furniture has been featured on Studio Home today!

"This felt like a beautiful, fresh post for you to enjoy over what I hope is a VERY relaxing holiday period!
Interior Architect Mairead Murphy of Maike Design Studio recently teamed up with exciting furniture brand, Tide Design to help them transform a derelict old factory building (adjacent to their workshop) in Melbourne into this DREAM retail space!..."

See the full post here...

Studio Home Feature

Maike Design Studio and the launch of Mairead Murphy Illustration has been featured on the fantastic Studio Home blog!

"I hadn’t quite expected the impact of a simple email intro from Mairead Murphy and her studio mate Sarah Hendy – but lets just say that Melbourne has shot back to the top of my “should I relocate?” list!! This DREAM space pictured here is Studio Sisu ..."

See the full post here

Design Milk Feature

Maike Design Studio's project Studio Sisu has been featured internationally again in the fantastic Design Milk.

"Mairead Murphy of Melbourne Australia-based Mäike Design Studio recently completed Studio Sisu, a shared workspace in Northcote. 

Once an old warehouse, the now converted studio boasts a lot of natural light and retains the volume and rich texture of the original 1940’s red brick building. The space provides a number of shared and individual work spaces that encourage creative collaboration and support for both individuals and small businesses..."

See the full article here

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My Scandinavian Home

Studio Sisu has been featured in the beautiful international design blog, My Scandinavian Home. 

"The more I see of collaborative or shared office spaces the more I feel they are an extremely inspiring and efficient way of working for independent business people! Designer and illustrator Mairead Murphy of Maike Design Studio converted this disused warehouse space in Northcote, Melbourne into a beautiful, vibrant and inspiring work space for independent designers and artists." 

See the full post here... 


Est Magazine feature

"Interior architect Mairead Murphy opened up Studio Sisu to Est recently to share the shared creative workspace she has designed, not only for her own multidisciplinary design practice, Mäike Design Studio, but also for creative, likeminded souls in need of a workspace that exudes light, space and positive flow at the core of its aesthetic. This warehouse conversion in the hipster locale of Northcote, Melbourne houses a handful of lucky designers who now call this their ‘office’."

Read the rest of the article in Est Magazine here!

Photographs by Sean Fennessy

Photographs by Sean Fennessy