Need gift inspiration? Check out The Big Design Market in Sydney
BY SOPHIE DAVIES
Christmas shopping can be inspiring and support design talent too. For the first time, The Big Design Market brings more than 200 independent Australian and international designers together for three days of stylish shopping in Sydney, running from Friday 25 to Sunday 27 November at Moore Park's Royal Hall of Industries. The market then moves on to Melbourne (2-4 December), where it has proved a hit in recent years. Crafts, homewares, lighting, fashion, jewellery, lifestyle accessories, stationery and kids' kit are all in the mix, with a different line-up for each city and a focus on original, quality and sustainable products.
ABOVE: Sydney's line-up includes Bridget Bodenham's handmade ceramics; Robyn Wood's tulip-inspired timber and bonded parchment 'Bud' table lamp; Fictional Objects' soft-finish cotton bed linen sports minimal patterns
Some of our fave FizzPicks for Sydney include Bridget Bodenham's graphic, textured ceramic tableware; Angus & Celeste's quirky hanging planters; Skimming Stones' Australian-inspired porcelain; and artists Rowena Martinich and Geoffrey Carran of Martinich&Carran's painterly plates. Fictional Objects designs subtly contemporary bed linen. For cool jewellery, don't miss A Skulk of Foxes and Emily Green's pastel-pretty pieces. Trent Jansen's 'Cyclesign' bicycle wheel reflectors, made out of recycled road signs and bike tubes, are eco-friendly stocking fillers.
ABOVE: Angus & Celeste's hanging 'Jelly' planters; 'Original Dutch' paper origami shade by Studio Snowpuppe from Paper Empire Australia; handmade 'Lion Snuggle' cushion and 'Elfie Elephant' soft toy from Miann & Co; 'Hydrangea Mixed Bead' necklace by Emily Green, featuring hand-formed polymer clay and rectangular brass beads
Creative types can get involved in workshops, with sessions on personalised colour palettes hosted by Sydney stylist supreme Sibella Court (known for her innovative hotel, bar and restaurant interiors, and inspirational shop The Society Inc. in St Peters). Melbourne illustrator Beci Orpin will also be teaching you how to design your own block printing stamps. Children can enjoy free kids' activities, plus a magical hand-painted forest play area by author/illustrator Penny Ferguson of Min Pin. This year's guest artist is renowned paper artist Benja Harney of Paperform, who will craft a colourful large-scale installation.
ABOVE: Hand-painted ceramic platter by artists Martinich&Carran; artwork by illustrator Beci Orpin; cute paper works by Enemies Yay (illustrators Laura Blythman and Pete Cromer); 'Ice Cream Bicycle Bell' by Beep Bicycle Bells; Sydney distillery Archie Rose will be mixing vodka, gin and white rye cocktails at the market
You won't go home hungry with some of Sydney's finest food and drink purveyors setting up shop at the market. Mary's, Porteño, Smoking Gun Bagels and Taco Truck will be dishing up food, with sweet treats by Gelato Messina and All Day Donuts, and drinks by Tasmania's Moo Brew, Lunar Wines and Archie Rose Distillery, among others. Early birds can scoop designer showbags, limited to 300 a day, and filled with over $120 worth of treats from stallholders (just $15 each).
ABOVE: Stylist Sibella Court, with Instagram-friendly interiors from her Sydney store The Society Inc., just one of the talents hosting creative workshops
The Big Design Market is at Royal Hall of Industries, Errol Flynn Blvd, Moore Park, Sydney, from 25-27 November 2016; Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm; adults $2, free for kids 12 and under. See our follow-up post for more on Melbourne's market from 2-4 December 2016