With more than 230 up-and-coming and hard-to-find designers, and plenty to keep you fed, watered and amused as you shop, The Big Design Market is a clever option for kick-starting (or completing) your Christmas shopping.

The Big Design Market focuses on original and authentic design work. Held at the Royal Exhibition Building, it offers lighting and furniture; jewellery; textiles and linen; ceramics; handmade toys; art and more. And while a handful of designers will be familiar to Melburnians, most are from further afield.

“We’ve selected designers from all over the country, as well as from New Zealand and Japan,” says market director Simon Obarzanek.

Keep an eye out for Magpie Goose, which makes tops, pants and dresses using vibrant textiles designed and screen printed in remote Aboriginal communities. And Rainbeau’s pop-bright bento-style lunch boxes to encourage healthy snacking; Kester Black’s cruelty-free nail polish; and gold-flecked ceramics from Victoria’s Bridget Bodenham.

This year’s event also features a set of workshops: making customised hotel slippers with Cat Rabbit, and a beginner’s guide to growing indoor plants with The Plant Society. There’ll also be a five-metre-high floral installation by Melbourne based Pete Cromer.

On the menu this year is gelato from Messina gelato, burgers from Beatbox Kitchen and pastries from Luxbite. Get your coffee from St Ali – or something a little stronger from Starward Whisky.

The Big Design Market
Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton Gardens


Fri December 1, 10am–9pm

 Sat December 2, 10am–7pm
Sun December 3, 10am–5pm