When Alicia McKimm and Kylie Dorotic first joined forces in 2013, it was under the guise of We Are Huntly. The interior design studio head up by the two women quickly became known for their projects across the hospitality, commercial and residential sectors. In 2016 they were named Emerging Interior Design Practice at the Australian Interior Design Awards.
Last year when we spoke to Alicia and Kylie at the launch of the annual Kitchen & Bathroom issue, they hinted something big was in the works. And indeed it was. The duo has renamed and rebranded themselves: what was once We Are Huntly, is now GOLDEN.
“It’s a rebrand, as a result of a cumulative redirection, which came gradually over the years,” says Kylie. “It has reinvigorated and refocused us.”
The studio is still comprised of the same team, the projects they’re working on are still focused on hospitality and residential spaces, and their dedication to the details has likewise remained the same.
What has changed however, is their methodology running the business. GOLDEN embodies a decidedly more holistic approach.
“GOLDEN is a boutique interior design studio that is focused on creating intelligent interior spaces. We work on the interior architecture of a space right through to the furniture selection. Our primary concern is the way a space makes you feel comfortable,” says Kylie.
Where did the name come from? “We connect strongly with the idea of being ‘golden on the inside’,” adds Alicia, referencing the spaces they create and feelings they’re hoping to elicit.
Portrait by Kate Ballis