Somehow, entirely inexplicably, we're already into the second half of the year; soon we'll be thinking about Christmas. This year, skip the typical department stores and instead pick out unique gifts for your family and friends at The Big Design Market. Coming to Melbourne for the seventh time this December, the three-day independent designer extravaganza features over 230 stallholders selling furniture, fashion, homewares, textiles, and much more. With such a wide range of products, you're sure to find something for even the pickiest people on your list.
The Big Design Market also offers a series of creative workshops (create your own works of art with The Plant Society and designers Abbey Rich, Sandra Eterovic and Cat Rabbit), a beautifully-designed outback-themed kids play area, and a smorgasbord of food options from local favourites like Gelato Messina, All Day Donuts, Harper and Blohm, Earl Canteen, Mörk Chocolate, ACE Cookies, Sensory Lab Coffee and Starward Whisky. You'll also have the chance to catch a specially-commissioned floral installation of five-metre-high flowers in giant gold vases by designer and illustrator Pete Cromer.
Each year the market also puts together a showbag of goodies from some of Melbourne and Sydney's best designers, including Georgia Perry, Champ Co., Leif, Kester Black, Kleins Perfumery and Little Veggie Patch Co. A limited number will be available to purchase for $30 ($190 value). So prepare your bank account, and get ready to have your Christmas shopping done earlier than you ever have before.
The market will be open from 10am till 9pm on Friday, 10am till 7pm on Saturday and 10am till 5pm on Sunday.