Northern Design Festival 2017

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This year's Northern Design Festival in the North of England champions good design, from furniture to graphics and material innovation

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

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Forget Geordie Shore! For exciting action up north, head to the UK's Northern Design Festival, celebrating inspiring design at six venues across Newcastle and Gateshead. Running from 3 to 8 November, the annual showcase includes 50-plus designers, nine exhibitions, installations, talks and tours, taking in products, furniture, lighting, textiles, ceramics, fashion, graphic design, illustration and architecture. 2017's theme is 'Material Matters', explored by a host of northern, national and international talents, with special commissions from designers and artists.

Major one-day symposium Design NOW kicks things off on Friday 3 November, attracting big-name speakers including Lancashire-born, Leeds-trained graphic artist, printmaker and designer Anthony Burrill, whose clients include Google, Apple, Hermès and London's Design Museum. Alongside established talent, you'll find emerging names, with shows such as 'Chairs and Lamps' presenting prototypes by five second-year students from Northumbria University's BA (Hons) 3D Design programme. 

Keen to join industry insiders on the design trail? The festival's exhibition hub is at historic venue The Assembly House on Newcastle's Watergate Road, alongside nearby Cooper's Studios. Here are six FizzPicks to get you started... 

ABOVE: Graphic design exhibition 'Unforsaken (Part 1)' was conceived by Jimmy Turrell, who worked on Beck's video (still, shown)
ABOVE RIGHT: 'Wireless' lamp by Georgina Heighton for student exhibition 'Chairs and Lamps' at The Assembly House


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UNFORSAKEN (PART 1)
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Graphic artist and director Jimmy Turrell, who has worked with Adidas, Beck and The Guardian, will present exhibition 'Unforsaken (Part 1)', which explores beauty found in unexpected places. In 2016, Turrell rescued a job lot of 1,000 vintage books and objects from eBay, before using them as a base for screenprinting, drawing and painting. Discarded and forgotten materials, from ski manuals to scrapbooks of the Norwegian royals, are salvaged with style.

ABOVE: UK graphic designer Jimmy Turrell's vinyl record and cover design for Beck's new album 'Colors'


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DANIEL SCHOFIELD
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Up-and-coming UK design talent Daniel Schofield – who has bagged an award from Elle Decoration magazine – gets a solo show and a chance to share new work, from furniture to lighting and accessories. Warwickshire-born, Sheffield-trained Schofield has previously collaborated with top British brands Benchmark, Conran and Skandium, and his simple, contemporary pieces draw on materials from brass and oak to enamelled volcanic stone, paring forms back to chic essentials. He has a background in both graphic design and carpentry, and it shows.

ABOVE: Young British design talent Daniel Schofield will present new work at The Assembly House


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AURORA
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Known for innovative surface materials, sculptures and architectural works, Giles Miller has crafted a new installation – 'Aurora' – for the festival. Past clients of the London studio include Stella McCartney and the V&A, with creations involving a mix of high-tech and the handmade. A 'composer of materials', Miller took inspiration from the Northern Lights for his latest piece, which incorporates around 2,000 mirror-finish, stainless steel 'pennies', suspended within a structural lattice, designed to harness diverse reflections while still being visually permeable.

ABOVE: Giles Miller's dramatic new 'Aurora' installation, a sculptural lattice of mirror-finish, stainless steel discs throwing out reflections


ART ON PAPER SINCE 1885
The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle

Discover iconic printed designs from the G . F Smith archives at 'Art on Paper since 1885', including work by influential contributors Saul Bass, Milton Glaser and Paul Rand. Founded in 1885 as a paper merchants, the Hull- and London-based British firm has a legacy of creative collaborations with graphic designers, artists and photographers, with promotional and marketing materials under the spotlight here. Names in the frame include Made ThoughtStudio Makgill and SEA.

ABOVE: Printed works, spanning promotional and marketing materials, from 'Art on Paper since 1885' showcasing the G . F Smith back catalogue


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NEW BOOSBECK
Part of a growing movement committed to social design and enterprise, New Boosbeck helps the unemployed, community groups and public to build furniture, with more than 130 people gaining valuable work experience and skills to date. Led by artist Adam Clarke, and inspired by Boosbeck Industries, a 1930s initiative to tackle unemployment with creativity, it produce bespoke pieces for sale. Check out the results here.

ABOVE: A wooden chair created by members of social enterprise group New Boosbeck, celebrated at Northern Design Festival


DESIGN SOURCE
Selling show Design Source is your go-to for a spot of design shopping, with furniture, lighting, products, ceramics, wallpaper, textiles, and jewellery from across the North of England. Selected by industry experts, designers involved include Deadgood, Nick James, North Sea Collaborations and Susi Bellamy. There's also a Pop-Up Shop. 

ABOVE: Selling show Design Source includes work by northern talents Deadgood ('Bute' armchair), Susi Bellamy (cushions, lampshade, ottoman and wallpaper), Godfrey Syrett ('Low Ken' stools and circular 'Harry' table), Nick James (lamp base) and Dove Street Pottery (bowls and jug); European oak 'Fluted' cabinet by Nick James, with fluted doors and drawer fronts; Handmade 'Oak' bench with subtle curves and rounded corners by Nick James; 'Working' table, 'Setter' chairs and 'Pop' rug by Deadgood

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Northern Design Festival 2017 runs from 3 to 8 November 2017. All the events listed here are on show at The Assembly House, 55 Westgate Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, (entry £2.50; see website for opening hours, and other events at alternative festival venues).

Pictures: Sasa Savic, Guy Archard

Design-Made 2017

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Indie festival Design-Made celebrates Australian design talent in Sydney

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Sydney's debut independent contemporary design festival, Design-Made, kicks off in Alexandria this week, showcasing a veritable Who's Who of more than 50 Australian talents. Expect a three-day programme packed with product launches, thought-provoking exhibitions and curated installations from Friday 27 to Sunday 29 October, including cutting-edge furniture, lighting and accessories. The atmospheric main venue is former woodshed Sunstudios, normally used for photo shoots, with a few offshoot talks at the nearby Fischer & Paykel Experience Centre.

Founded by Kobe Johns of Factory Design District and Authentic Design Alliance director Anne-Maree Sergeant, Design-Made celebrates Australia-wide design, with an emphasis on original, local design and quality craftsmanship, engaging visitors in the creative process. You can watch Melbourne potter Colin Hopkins of Porcelume shaping porcelain lighting shades on a wheel, while listening to his own musical score (the results are represented by Spence & Lyda). Leather-cutting and print-making are also on display.

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Homegrown and international brands will share their collections – from Mud Australia to Cult and Singaporean furniture firm Castlery (collaborating on a new range with Australian designer Charles Wilson) – alongside an impressive roll call of independent designers and studios. It's a rare opportunity for Australian talents to show their work across diverse brands on their own stands, including Adam Cornish, Ross Gardam, Jonathan West, and the three Toms – Tom Fereday, Tom Skeehan and Tomek Archer. Free and ticketed talks and workshops allow you to get hands-on, plus there are parties to pep you up. Here are 10 FizzPicks to whet your appetite...

TOP AND BELOW: Ross Gardam's new 'Noon' collection at Alexandria's Design-Made show, including coffee table and mirrors
ABOVE: Furniture-maker Jonathan West's gleaming cabinet

'Noon' collection by Ross Gardam
Australian furniture and lighting designer Ross Gardam will be unveiling his graphic new 'Noon' collection of wall mirrors and coffee tables, made in Melbourne. Subtly exploring the passage of time,  the tables come in two sizes with surfaces including timber veneer, laminate, marble, and mirror, or a striking 'Tri-Cut' combination of walnut, marble and black glass (available from Stylecraft). The mirrors, set back from timber frames, feature clear, bronze and black finishes, or opt for wow factor with the 'Tri-Cut' configuration incorporating all three.


'Paperclip' collection by Seaton Mckeon
Sydney-trained industrial designer Seaton Mckeon's new outdoor furniture range 'Paperclip' for Stylecraft will be exhibited for the first time, styled by Jason Grant. Formed from powered-coated steel, the clean-lined, modernist-influenced collection consists of a stackable lounge chair (with Merbau timber armrests), chair, bar stool and low stool, bound to add graphic attitude to gardens. Finishes include wire and laser-cut perforated sheet metal, with a seductive choice of Dulux colours, from rusty reds to deep blues and eucalypt greens, as well as black, white and grey.

ABOVE: Seaton Mckeon's 'Paperclip' outdoor furniture collection for Stylecraft, including lounge chairs with wooden armrests, stackable chairs in green; and low stools in green and white


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'Igneous' wall light by Ash Allen and James Walsh
Crafted from upcycled bluestone waste, sourced locally, the new 'Igneous' light is by Melbourne designers Ash Allen and James Walsh, presented by Australian brand Catapult. Victorian bluestone is synonymous with Melbourne's architecture, but quarrying generates waste. The pair melted bluestone powder in a kiln to create this striking textured, patterned version of the stone, with a goldy-blue surface set off perfectly by the light's shadowplay. The gorgeous modern wall sconces are made to order, in two sizes, and feature a central gold-dipped bulb.

ABOVE: Meaning 'from fire', the 'Igneous' wall light by Ash Allen and James Walsh is crafted from waste bluestone powder using extreme heat


Good Design Australia showcase
Good Design Australia, a veteran prize dating back to 1958, will showcase recent Good Design Awards winners in furniture and lighting. Highlights include Canberra-based Tom Skeehan's minimal, Japanese-inspired 'Hoshi' collection of armchairs, benches and ottomans for Stylecraft, Adam Goodrum's ergonomic 'Bower' work-pod/seating screens and sculptural 'Malloy' chair for Cult design store's new Australian collection 'NAU', and Charles Wilson's 'Carafe' table for Herman Miller.

ABOVE: Recent Good Design Awards winners including Tom Skeehan's 'Hoshi' lounge collection of seating, benches, side tables and ottomans for Stylecraft, Adam Goodrum's 'Bower' screened desks and seats for Cult, and Charles Wilson's 'Carafe' table for Herman Miller


'LD' wallpapers by Local Design
Collaborative Sydney-based label Local Design is launching an eight-strong range of graphic, contemporary printed wallpapers, with Australian contributors including the label's creative director Emma Elizabeth, Kate BanaziDaniel Emma, Shilo EngelbrechtTom Fereday, Dowel Jones, Fiona Lynch and Tom Skeehan. Durable enough for use in schools, hospitals and public spaces, the large-scale papers are eco-friendly, due to their low chemical emissions. Banazi will be screen-printing 100 limited-edition prints at the installation, available for sale.

ABOVE: The brand-new 'LD' wallpapers by Local Design


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'Boulder' side tables by Dinosaur Designs
Best known for resin tableware and jewellery, Sydney's Dinosaur Designs unveils a box-fresh new collection of 'Boulder' side tables at Design-Made. Inspired by rock formations, as well as the serene palette of Stonehenge and Giorgio Morandi's still-life paintings, the hand-crafted pieces come in swirly whites, creams, blacks and greys.

ABOVE: Dinosaur Designs' new 'Boulder' collection of resin side tables


'Interpretations V' exhibition
A biannual group show exploring materials, 'Interpretations V' tasked eight Australian designers to explore paper (cellulose), in an exhibition curated by Vert Design's Andrew Simpson. Innovative prototypes include Tom Skeehan's 'SO' tactile paper light fixtures, formed from traditionally dyed pulped paper; Tom Fereday's timber-framed 'Pieman' chairs with woven paper cord seats and backs; Elliat Rich (of Elbowrkshp)'s pebble-like textured paper sculptures '7 Rounds', including photographic hints of hands; and Charles Wilson's delicate oval 'Lirio' picnic plates, intended to be held with a wine glass in one hand.

ABOVE: Paper prototypes for materials showcase 'Interpretations V', including Tom Skeehan's 'SO' paper lights in soft pastels, Tom Fereday's cord-strung 'Pieman' chairs; Elliat Rich's '7 Rounds' pebble sculptures, and Charles Wilson's 'Lirio' picnic plates


'Stitchfield' 2017 installation
Interactive installation 'Stitchfield', commissioned by Design Tasmania, is a modern update of a weaving or knitting circle. Suspended above Sunstudios' entry lounge, the gleaming metallic 'wave' is formed from interconnecting brass components, devised by Melbourne architect Claire Scorpo and Alice Springs-based designer Elliat Rich. It will be lowered twice a day during the festival, encouraging visitors to join the gathering of makers crafting this communal work-in-progress.

ABOVE: Interactive brass hanging 'Stitchfield', formed from circular components, will be expanded by visitors during the show


'26 Original Fakes' exhibition
Curated by Dale Hardiman and Tom Skeehan, 26 Original Fakes is a group show in the atrium highlighting Australia's unfortunate status as the 'Wild West' of fake designer furniture. With insufficient copyright laws protecting both established and emerging product designers, this show, backed by the Authentic Design Alliance, invited 26 Australian designers to riff on British talent Jasper Morrision's much-copied 'Hal' chair for Vitra, distributed here by Living Edge. Look out for Tom Fereday's 'Shadow Chair', a cast concrete form representing the negative space under a replica 'Hal' chair, suggesting that by buying rip-offs you are left with nothing but a shadow of the original.

ABOVE: Exhibition '26 Original Fakes' includes designs hacking replicas of Jasper Morrison's 2010 'Hal' chair for Vitra, including Tom Fereday's cast concrete 'Shadow Chair', Daast studio's 'Royalties Paid' chair engraved with a satirical letter from the Australian government, and Jon Goulder's Sydney Opera House-inspired chair, itself a rip-off of fellow exhibitor Andrew Simpson's earlier replica of a replica!


ABOVE: 'Light Hut' tiny house by duo Fresh Prince, outside the Sunstudios entrance, illuminated at night

'Light Hut' by Fresh Prince
Finally, just outside Sunstudios, 'Light Hut' champions the tiny house movement. Designed by Sydney studio Fresh Prince, this outdoor sanctuary is a small moveable structure that 'sheds the weight of a modern dwelling to return to bare, essential shelter.' Here's to treading the Earth more lightly...
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Design-Made runs from 27 to 29 October over two locations in Alexandria – Sunstudios (42 Maddox Street) and Fischer & Paykel Experience Centre (96 Bourke Road). Opening hours are Friday 27 (10am-6pm), Saturday 28 (10am-5pm) and Sunday 29 (10am-4pm); $10 on the door.

Sydney Indesign 2017

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Sydney Indesign 2017 brings two days of design fun to town, from product launches to happening precincts 

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

Whether you're in the design industry or simply a passionate design hunter, Sydney Indesign will tempt you out to play. Held every two years, it hits town this Friday 11 and Saturday 12 August, offering '2 Days, 4 Districts, 50 exhibitors, 300+ brands and $50,000 of prizes to be won!' Just register for free at any participating showroom to join in the fun, which includes product launches, special projects, seminars and design store gatherings. Cue bubbles!

For #SID17, the action is focussed on Sydney's growing inner-south design precincts, Alexandria and Waterloo, with a host of design showrooms and studios welcoming visitors across both districts. In Alexandria, look out for LightCo (100 Collins Street) celebrating a new lighting collaboration, and Savage Design (40-42 O'Riordan Street), launching its 'Dave', 'Dale' and 'Rob' ranges of architectural hardware. In Waterloo, Cafe Culture + Insitu's pop-up (1F Danks Street) will showcase the 'Rail' modular office table system by German duo Kaschkasch for Zeitraum.

ABOVE: Vibrant outdoor 'Vega' aluminium wicker chairs and bistro table by Maiori at Obodo, which will showcase new designs at The Venue

Alexandria also features two curated multi-brand group shows. The Venue (55 Doody Street) hosts around 30 select design brands, including furniture, lighting, outdoor living, surface materials and more. Look out for fab modernist-inspired, Minneapolis-born brand Blu Dot, launching its 'Cat's Pajamas' lounge chair, as well as Hong Kong-based designer Sean Dix's four fresh furniture launches for Obodo. Get a taste for Dutch contemporary design at NL Curated, prior to its Surry Hills pop-up this October, or savour Japanese and British talent at Sydney-based SeehoSu's stand, sharing designs by Naoto Fukasawa and Jasper Morrison for Maruni.

ABOVE: Blu Dot's new ash and bent powder-coated steel 'Cat's Pajamas' lounge chair, featured at The Venue, available in five colour combinations

Discover a dozen more brands at group show B2 Studios (46-62 Maddox Street, Alexandria), which features Sydney talent Tom Fereday's work for Dessein, Gavin Harris's new 'Toku' range for Australian furniture-maker Schiavello, plus Melbourne label Didier's latest furniture and local industrial design studio So Watt's freshest creations in Pioneer, the show's dedicated Australian design hub.

Planning a visit? Both design districts and the two multi-brand zones will be open on Friday from noon to 6pm (with various Up Late Events at select venues from 6pm until 10pm), and on Saturday from 10am to 6pm. A free hop-on, hop-off shuttle bus on Saturday will help you move between venues. Check out Sydney Indesign's website for an online handbook and maps, list of timed events, the thought-provoking ticketed seminar series (starring international guest speakers) and 15 collaborative installations under The Project banner (this year's theme is 'Click', exploring instant connectivity). See you out on the design trail...
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Design Shanghai 2017

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This week's Design Shanghai trade fair showcases emerging Chinese talent alongside international brands 

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

For such a huge economic powerhouse, it's surprising that China has been relatively low-key when it comes to design talent. Design Shanghai 2017 aims to change all that, showcasing established and emerging Chinese designers alongside major global brands and galleries. Asia's largest annual design fair kicks off this week from 8 to 11 March at Shanghai Exhibition Centre, drawing queues of excited design hunters.

More than 300 exhibitors are on show across five halls, exploring how western and eastern design philosophies can work in synergy: Contemporary; Classic and Luxury; Collectibles; Kitchen & Bathroom; and Workplace. Prestigious international brands, such as Europe's Minotti, Roche Bobois, Hay, Magis and Moroso, are here, sharing their latest launches and keen to penetrate the lucrative Chinese market.

TOP: 'Milà' plastic chair by Jaime Hayón for Italian brand Magis, one of the A-List European brands on show at Design Shanghai's Contemporary hall. We love the Sino red!
ABOVE: Chinese Contemporary designs include Fnji's handmade wooden furniture; Frank Chou Design Studio's 'Suit' lounge chair and stool; and Haostyle's Ming-inspired 'The Dragon Chair' by Wen Hao

Perhaps more intriguing for overseas visitors are the less well known Chinese names in the frame, making up an increasing proportion of the fair. Local stands in the Contemporary hall include Beijing's Frank Chou Design Studio, showing clean-lined, graphic seating, Fnji Furniture's simple handmade wooden works, EY-Products alluring accessories, Suyab Design's nature-inspired modern wood pieces, ALiTLE's sleek chairs, Haostyle's Sino-luxe collection, 8hourdesign's eye-catching side tables and Yuso's playful seating.

ABOVE: Mumoon's 'Glob' pendant lamps by Phillip Ding and X+Q Art's sculpture 'The Grandmaster' by Qu Guangci are also on show in the Contemporary hall

For evocative lighting, check out Mumoon's covetable modern collection and Xin Yaoyao's paper pendant lights. You'll find witty Sino-motif objects at  X+Q Art.

Look out for special installations, such as the new China Design Trends Gallery, in which local consultants Yang Design will forecast four future design trends (strategy director Xiaojing Huang will also release a trend report). Re-Design Shanghai is a collaboration between design mag IDEAT and architect Shuhei Oyama to create a futuristic vision of Shanghai's cityscape, fusing traditional and modern elements. The IDEAT Future Award, focussed on influential designs, will also be announced on 8 March. Plug & Hug's interactive globe lights glow brighter the more they're hugged.

Don't miss the debut Emerging Chinese Designer Platform, curated with interiors magazine AD China, which will feature 10 up-and-coming design talents inspired by the theme 'New China Vision'. Expect undulating furniture by Qiaolin Gong and Weijia Wang, industrial-chic chairs and tables by Wenqiang Li, beautiful bronze works by Daishi Luo, minimal blue pots by Qingtong Qian, and sculptural accessories by Xiang Chen and Weijie Huang.

More than 30 speakers will be at the fair's core Forum, including international design talents Benjamin Hubert, Paul Cocksedge, Peter Ting, Bethan Laura Wood and Karim Rashid. Regional names to note include Hong Kong's André Fu and Jesse McLin and Julie Proglin of ceramics duo Latitude 22N. The theme is 'global design, global craft, global manufacturing'.

ABOVE: Highlights from DS in the City's Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi off-site zone include installations 'Dragon Tree' by Media 10; 'Biofore Tea House' by UPM; 'Mesh' public bench by Zhoujie Zhang; 'Moon Birdy' outdoor lights by Pascal Bosetti; 'Malleus Time-Out' prints by Arnd; and exhibition 'New Eastern Making'

Extending its tentacles across town, Design Shanghai in the City includes interesting off-site activities. The main event is Design Shanghai @ Xintiandi (6-19 March), examining the city of the future, with 18 interactive spaces and installations by local and international designers and artists. Highlights include Media 10's 3D projection-mapped 'Dragon Tree' and recycling/deconstruction group exhibition 'New Eastern Making'. You can catch a design tour (daily 1pm-9pm, 8-11 March) taking in Shanghai's best design showrooms, galleries and architecture, between the fairground and Xintiandi zone. Stops include global stores House of Tai Ping, Roca, Leicht, Hay, Minotti and Senab, as well as Nordic-influenced Chinese decor from W+S. Fashion and art have already captured China's imagination, now it's design's turn to shine...
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Design Shanghai 2017 is at Shanghai Exhibition Centre, No. 1000 Yan'an Mid Road, Jing'an, from 8 to 11 March 2017. Open Wednesday 10am-9pm, Thursday-Saturday 10am-6pm (last entry one hour before closing time). Tickets are RMB 175 in advance or RMB 270 on the door, including optional showguide (RMB 50)

ABOVE: The House of Tai Ping will launch its 'Blur' rug collection at Design Shanghai, inspired by vintage photography, alongside a range by Hong Kong talent André Fu

The Big Design Market Melbourne

For stylish Christmas gifts get down to The Big Design Market in Melbourne this weekend

BY SOPHIE DAVIES

For three inspiring days of Christmas shopping, backdropped by alluring architecture and fuelled by gourmet food and drink, make for The Big Design Market in Melbourne, from Friday 2 to Sunday 4 December at Carlton Gardens' Royal Exhibition Building. This homegrown design fair has won a loyal following over the last few years for its cred line-up of local talent, with 2016 gathering more than 230 designers for your delectation. Expect handmade crafts, design, homewares, fashion, jewellery, cards, art, accessories, kids' kit and more, drawn from Australian and international independents.

Look out for bespoke installations by guest artists too, including vibrant paper hangings by Benja Harney of Paperform, who has worked with fashion labels Hermès, Kenzo, Adidas and Romance Was Born, plus the Kaldor Public Art Projects. Mornington Peninsula furniture firm Industria X has also collaborated with six designers – including ceramicists Bridget Bodenham and Leah Jackson, and artist Leah Bartholomew – to create custom stools for the cocktail lounge.

TOP: Benja Harney's vibrant paper art will decorate the market
ABOVE: LED neon lighting by Electric Confetti; 'Bell Tent' by Homecamp, ideal for creating airy garden rooms; The Australian-designed 'Cape Classic' blanket from the 'Eastern Point' collection by Kate & Kate

Fizz picks include Electric Confetti's rainbow-bright neon lighting; Here and Far's graphic Japanese ceramics; Cottage Industry's kooky local crafts; and TheSuperCool and Design Dispensary for global design finds. Able and Game and Surfing Sloth are your go-tos for witty local cards. For art, visit Studio Cockatoo and Heide Museum of Modern Art's stalls. Corky Saint Clair and Bride & Wolf will kit you out in quirky modern jewellery. Also look out for contemporary South Australian furniture, lighting and accessories on the JamFactory stand. Memobottle's slimline water vessels and Orbitkey's ergonomic key fobs are great for guys; gals will love Kleins Perfumery and Leif for Australian native-inspired toiletries. For eco design, the Melb-made 'Rhombus' table trivets from Champ Co are formed from recycled aeroplane tyres.

ABOVE: Carlton's Royal Exhibition Building hosts The Big Design Market; Powder-coated steel 'Minimo' table-top plant stand by Capra Designs, shown with eco resin pot; Leah Bartholomew's artworks, including 'Philodendron' and 'Xanadu' acrylics on timber board, and 'Stay with Me' acrylic on canvas; Industria X stools in collaboration with Leah Bartholomew, Bridget Bodenham and Leah Jackson, featured in the cocktail lounge

You can eat and drink local too, with Melbourne foodie faves Beatbox Kitchen, Misschu, Taco Truck and Earl Canteen serving up snacks, LuxBite and Gelato Messina keeping the sweet treats coming, Sensory Lab serving coffee, and Port Melbourne's Starward Whisky, Merricks General Wine StoreSofi Spritz and cider co-op Faire Ferments pouring quality drops.

ABOVE: 'Geo Floral' shoulder bag handprinted with teal foiling by Tinker by Printink Studio; Orbitkey's key organiser in aqua; Botanical body balm by Leif; Kid-friendly 'Kinetic Sand' includes a bonding agent, making it easy to sculpt; 'Broad Strokes' digitally printed dog bed and 'Confetti' leather collar by Nice Digs; Melbourne's Sensory Lab will be brewing coffee

Fancy putting your own talents to the test? Then why not join in with the market's creative workshops? You can design and block-print tea towels with Home-Work, create and decorate rope baskets with Gemma Patford, make block-printing stamps to customise cards and gift wrap with Beci Orpin, or learn the trade secrets of terrariums with Petite Green. Sessions are selling out fast, so get in quick. Rock up early for a chance to buy a designer showbag ($25 each, but worth $200), limited to 300 each day and drawn from the stallholders (think sneaky presents for your posse). Remember, it's the thought that counts...
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ABOVE: Workshops include block-printing with Home-Work and basket decorating with Gemma Patford


The Big Design Market is at Royal Exhibition Building, 9 Nicholson Street, Carlton, Melbourne, from 2-4 December 2016; Fri 10am-9pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 10am-5pm; adults $2, free for kids 12 and under. See our earlier post for more on Sydney's market last week