The Studio

Hearth is an interior architecture and design practice. Our approach is simply to be responsive – to the client, brief and context; and sensitive – to light, tactility, colour and materiality. We work collaboratively with our clients, translating their requirements and desires into spaces.

We are inspired by the beauty of landscape, cooking and eating, and light. We strive to be conscientious, strategic and careful in all aspects of our work.

What we offer

Interior architecture and design

— for residential, hospitality and commercial spaces.

Design, development and production of objects, fittings and surfaces

— Please see our sister site, Groupwork

Space planning and master planning

— As well as space planning as part of our design process, we also do strategic and master planning for multi use and public spaces.

Who we are

Sarah Trotter — Director

Sarah studied architecture at the University of Queensland and RMIT University in Melbourne. Before founding Hearth in 2012, Sarah worked for architecture practices including Six Degrees, Peter Elliot and Robert Simeoni, as well as various independent creative endeavours ranging from film art direction to food styling. Sarah is also the founder of product design practice Groupwork and one half of food blogging duo Trotski & Ash.

Rosie Scott — Interior Designer

Rosie graduated from Interior Design at RMIT University in 2007, and is currently back at RMIT working on a PhD in design. She has a varied practice that includes interior design (past employers include Six Degrees and geyer), watercolour painting, drawing and writing. She also teaches interior design at RMIT and Monash Universities. 

Murray Barker — Architect

Since graduating from RMIT architecture in 2007, Murray has worked in architecture practices in Melbourne, Berlin and London, most notably Adjaye (Berlin) and NMBW (Melbourne). Murray collaborated with artist Laith McGregor on sculptural work ‘Monaliths’ at Monash University in 2014.

Katie Bottomly — Studio Manager

Kati oversees and co-ordinates the running of the Hearth studio and the production for Groupwork. Kati’s unique combination of skills comes from her experience in set and costume design, hospitality management, and jewellery design and production.

Peter Cole — Student Architect

Peter is currently studying a Masters of Architecture at Melbourne University. He also has a ceramics practice.