Sibella Court’s studio, replete with her signature more-is-more styling
Credit: Chris Court

For the first time since its launch in 2012, The Big Design Market will make its way to Sydney with an inaugural event taking place the week before the beloved annual Melbourne event.

Held each year in the weeks before Christmas, The Big Design Market does exactly what its name suggests, creating an environment where Australia’s best established and most exciting emerging designers from a variety of disciplines can come together at a consumer focused event that prides itself on quality, originality and ethically produced designs.

Each iteration of the market will contain over 230 stallholders whose works encompass textiles, homewares and furniture as well as fashion, object design and lighting produced by some of Australia’s eminent design talents, including designer-illustrator Beci Orpin, jeweller Elke Kramer, furniture designer and maker Trent Jansen and ceramicist Bridget Bodenham. In addition to the markets, both events will host a series of workshops highlighting the singular talents of Australia’s design scene game-changers: Orpin will lead a stamp making workshop in both cities, as will Home-Work, who will lead a tutorial on their signature block-printing techniques; in Sydney, interiors savant Sibella Court will also lead a styling workshop wherein she’s sure to divulge (some of) the secrets to emulating the maximal, rich eclecticism that has seen her become one of Australia’s most popular stylists.

In addition to the rich design talent on offer, there’ll also be sustenance to sustain shoppers in the form of culinary contributions from Messina, Mecca Coffee, Archie Rose, Mary’s, Young Henry’s, Misschu and Pana Chocolate in Sydney; Melbourne will also be able to sample many of the same vendors, in addition to the wares of Earl Canteen, Beatbox Kitchen, All Day Donuts and Faire Ferments.

You can fine out all the information, including a list of stallholders and workshops, venue and transport information here

The Big Design Market – Sydney

Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park
Friday November 25 10am-9pm
Saturday November 26 10am-7pm
Sunday November 27 10am-5pm

The Big Design Market – Melbourne
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens
Friday December 2 10am-9pm
Saturday December 3 10am-7pm
Sunday December 4 10am-5pm

Tile image: Courtesy of Milk & Thistle
Cover image: Tony Marin, courtesy of The Big Design Market