The Big Design Market
Kick off December in style with some new threads, gadgets and knick-knacks at this year’s Big Design Market.
The Big Design Market
Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street Carlton
Friday 2nd December, 10am – 9pm
Saturday 3rd December, 10am – 7pm
Sunday 4th December, 10am – 5pm
$2 entry fee
More info: melbourne.thebigdesignmarket.com
Under the cavernous, domed ceiling of the Royal Exhibition Building in the leafy Carlton Gardens you’ll find a spectacular artists and design market opening it’s doors this Friday. With Christmas around the corner it’s the perfect opportunity to pick up something uniquely handmade for someone special... or just spoil yourself!
Showcasing some of Australia’s best designers of furniture, lifestyle products, jewellery, kids toys and homewares, the Big Design Market has over 230 stalls filled with a huge range of products. Deck yourself out for summer in a new wardrobe with brightly patterned threads by Variety Hour Studio or handmade leather shoes by Claire Best. Check out Crowd Collective’s range of nifty space saving and hassle free gadgets like the Orbitkey – the handy solution for downsizing your keys into one small foldable keyring. Shop sustainably at Will+Bear, who plant 10 trees for every one of their woollen hats sold, or satisfy your inner greenie with some seedlings from the Little Veggie Patch Co. There’s a huge range of handmade jewellery makers such as Melbourne local Emily Green, crafting brightly coloured polymer clay necklaces and earrings, as well as magazine stalls such as Mag Nation, Lunch Lady Magazine, Green Magazine and Habitus. For those pressed for time or even overwhelmed by the sheer number of stalls to pore over, relax – pick up a showbag with over $200 worth of gifts inside for a cruisy $25.
Creative masterclasses are also on offer. Why not try your hand in designing your own stamps and gifts cards or partake in building a take home terrarium? With Misschu, Taco Truck, Earl Canteen and All Day Donuts providing you with the sustenance you need to keep shopping, there’s no doubt you’ll be comfortably fed and watered all afternoon. Getting there is a cinch as well; hop on the number 86 or 96 tram near the SkyBus Melbourne Hub at Southern Cross Station and get off at the gardens on Nicholson Street.
There is truly something for everyone at the Big Design Market, no matter how creative or uncreative you might be. Not only is it great way to shop local and support Melbourne (and Australia’s) talented artists and designers, you’ll find some truly unique products you’ve never even heard of before. The Big Design Market brings great design together all under one magnificent roof. For the full list of stalls head to melbourne.thebigdesignmarket.com.