The Big Design Market

TBDM_venue_crowd shotIt’s no secret that Melbourne loves to shop. It’s also no secret that we love bespoke items. The Big Design Market is bringing over 200 local and international independent designers together under one roof. The Royal Exhibition Building roof to be exact. 

We’ve seen a massive shift in shopping habits of late. People like to know who is making the products they buy, and they love it even more when there is a story behind it. The Big Design Market brings together creatives who are making imaginative products with their hands, and the buyers. Us.

Curated by visual artist and designer Simon Obarzanek, the market leans towards designers who focus on ethical, fair-trade and locally made products. Expect ethical wares from the likes of Mabel jewellery, Your Eco Steps sustainable shoes; and Upcyclette who turn skateboards into sunglasses.

Other designers making it to the market include illustrator Beci Orpin, jeweler and artist Kate Rhode, Papillionaire bikes, Zaishu’s Ash Keating stools, Limedrop clothing, Kip & Co bedding and Japanese Nanoblock building kits. There will also be larger establishments involved including Craft Victoria, RMIT, Jam Factory and Heide Museum of Modern Art.

If the 200 stalls weren’t enough to get you there maybe the eatables and drinkables will be. Miss Chu, Earl Canteen, 2 Brothers Brewery, Campos Coffee, Scullery Made Tea, Beatbox Kitchen and Taco Truck will all be feeding the hordes.

Big Design Market 
Friday 6 –  Sunday 8 December
Royal Exhibition Building, Melbourne

About the author

Yoga teacher, writer, blogger, and marketing whiz – it’s safe to say Amy Collins is a busy little lady. Her idea of a stellar evening is yoga class followed by a glass of wine. Her favourite quote: “In the end, only three things matter: how much you loved, how gently you lived, and how gracefully you let go of things not meant for you.”


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