THE BIG DESIGN MARKET
- When 7 Dec - 9 Dec 2018
Driver Ave, Moore Park NSW 2021
Featuring over 200 designers, 10 of Sydney’s hottest food and drink brands, free kids activities, live art and more, THE BIG DESIGN MARKET returns to Sydney’s Royal Hall of Industries just in time for festive season shopping from Friday 7 - Sunday 9 December, 2018.
The 2018 stallholder line-up includes a carefully curated assembly of the best local creative talent, with many new additions including jewellery brand Kitsu, ceramicist Shuh Lee and indigenous social enterprise Bush Medijina, as well as independent publishers The School of Life. Homewares, fashion, beauty care products, furniture, stationery, tech items and kids’ products are just some of the designer goods that visitors to The Big Design Market can expect to discover.
The Big Design Market also welcomes visitors to indulge in delicious food and drink offerings, walk beneath an inspiring art installation by featured artist Marc Martin, relax in the stylish calm of a cocktail bar, and treat the kids to a host of free activities in a dedicated ‘inner-city garden’ themed play area.
Director Simon Obarzanek said “We love bringing creative products to new audiences and working with artists to create something special each year. The event provides a dynamic platform for independent design brands to launch their new product ranges to a discerning and responsive audience who look for excellent design, cutting-edge innovation and eco-conscious practices.”
A fun day out for friends and families to shop, eat, drink and get involved in creative activities, THE BIG DESIGN MARKET promises an exceptional line up of the most unique curated offerings of ethical and independent designer gifts in a one stop shopping experience.
WHAT TO SEE AND DO AT THE BIG DESIGN MARKET 2018
The Big Design Market consistently delivers diversity, and excitement to its visitors every year by featuring new talent alongside established independent brands. This year’s events will showcase the work of more than 200 independent design brands and makers in each event.
With a distinct theme of sustainability in this year’s line-up, The Big Design Market hosts brands that are making a difference with stylish reusable wares. From the likes of Beetbox who design lunch boxes whose ethos of ‘…making it yourself is good for your health, the environment and your wallet’ really strikes a chord, to Honeybee Wrap who finally forgo pointless cling wrap, long-time favourite Bridget Bodenham with her gorgeous ceramic travel cups and tableware, Simple Dimple’s practical and beautiful produce bags and more.
To continue with a positive attitude and everyday wellbeing, the lineup also includes The School of Life with their fantastic range of publications, personal and professional material, Lekker bikes to get you moving, I Am That Yoga with their funky natural cork mats and whether or not you live in an inner city apartment or a block of land in the sprawling suburbs, Little Veggie Patch Co. will have you growing your own produce in no time.
There is also a selection of brands whose businesses directly support and nurture communities. Successful not-for-profit indigenous enterprise, Bush Medijina, who use the knowledge that has been passed down from their elders to harvest bush produce to make unique range of body products. The sales support their business, community and the Warnindilyakwa women who are making the products too. Indigenous social enterprise Magpie Goose creates sustainable jobs in the fashion industry for indigenous people in remote Northern Territory communities. Park SSC and Thankyouare making a difference internationally helping disadvantaged kids.
Independent brands making a big impact with their innovative product designs include 2018 iF Design Award winners Orbitkey and recent Shark Tank contenders Subo, whose unique food bottles for kids were a bit hit. Shoppers will also discover bags made from recycled pineapples, swimwear made from recycled plastic bottles and the Revolving Kinetic Wine Glass by Emma Klaus that functions both as a drinking vessel and as a decanter that aerates the wine as it revolves.
Visitors shopping for kids should keep an eye out for Lekker bikes, Beep Bicycle Bells, Halcyon Nights, Hello Zef, Beetbox and Casa Blue Swim.
One of the distinctive qualities of The Big Design Market is an active support of the arts by inviting local, independent creatives to be part of the event itself.
Following the wonderful work of guest artist Pete Cromer in 2017 and Benja Harney in 2016, this year the artwork of award-winning artist and author/illustrator of numerous children’s books Marc Martin will be the feature of an awe-inspiring installation. A gigantic flock of large-scale birds will hover overhead amongst the stalls in the Royal Hall of Industries.
FREE KIDS ACTIVITIES
This year The Big Design Market presents a new take on their popular kids’ activities area that will feature a serene ‘city park’ oasis for kids and families. Kids can create all day making paper flowers and decorating giant cubby houses that they can sit and play inside.
FOOD AND DRINK
Visitors can enjoy coffee and specialty teas by Welcome Dose Coffee and Rabbit Hole Organic Tea. There will be cocktails by Archie Rose Distilling Co along with wines by Innocent Bystander and olives by Mount Zero. On the sweet side there’s gelato by Messina and donuts by Shortstop. For lunch and dinner there will be sashimi bowls by Fishbowl, Mary's burgers and Smoking Gun bagels, all washed down with refreshing craft brews from Young Henrys.
GOLD BOOK FRIDAY
This year for the first time, The Big Design Market in Sydney will be giving away a free book of exclusive VIP offers from stallholders, on Friday 8 December only.
The free GOLD BOOK will be handed to every visitor entering the show between 12noon and 8pm on the Friday, and is full of exclusive deals from over 85 designers and food stalls. Gelato Messina are offering a free tote bag with every purchase of one of their new choc or strawberry sundaes, Bespoke Letterpress are giving away a set of two letterpress-printed A5 notebooks, illustrated by Edith Rewa, with all orders over $100, and when visitors purchase a leather Orbitkey key organizer they can get it monogrammed for free! A one-year subscription to Peppermint magazine will be on offer for $30 instead of the usual $46.
DESIGNER SHOWBAGS AND PRIZES
The Big Design Market’s limited edition designer showbags are curated specifically to promote the quality and diversity of products on offer at the event and always sell out. This year’s showbags contain magazines from Peppermint and Green, hand-made earrings by Erika Harder Jewellery, cute enamel pins from Danica Studio, body products from Leif and other tempting goodies from the likes of Dana Kinter, The Study Collective, Honeybee wrap, Write To Me, Red Parka, Made From Good Deeds, Hello Miss May and more!
The designer showbags are available for $20 ($100 value) and there will be a limited number available to purchase at the event each day until sold out. In addition to designer showbags, THE BIG DESIGN MARKET offers over $1800 worth of prizes including a Lekker bike to be won by one lucky event visitor in each city.
Friday 7 December 2018, 10am–8pm
Saturday 9 December 2018, 10am–7pm
Sunday 9 December 2018, 10am–5pm
$2 for adults, free for kids 12 and under.
All payment options are accepted including eftpos and credit card facilities. There are multiple ATM machines located inside the Royal Exhibition Building and the Royal Hall of Industries.
Royal Hall of Industries, Errol Flynn Blvd, Moore Park NSW 2021, Australia
Both venues are wheelchair accessible. All exhibitors are located on the ground level.
A dedicated private space will be available to carers of infants and children for feeding or quiet time.