You never know where you'll find the next big thing in design – although the new Upmarket is good way to start. After noticing how many Australian designers got their start at markets (including Lisa Ho and Dinosaur Designs), founder Belinda Buckley wanted to offer up-and-coming designers a platform to show their work. The new market launches this weekend in the ACCA forecourt, with more than 50 stalls bringing you the best of Melbourne to touch, taste and see.
While there are plenty of arts and craft or food markets around, the idea of bringing together the city's best new upscale makers and producers in one place is a new take. “We’re merging contemporary art with great produce,” says Buckley. “I think it will give new talent much-deserved attention.” The market has been curated by people from the local art-and-design scenes: interior designer Jason Fincher, Anastasia Tuber (Southwood Home), Grace Davenport (ACCA) and A Magazine’s Toby Blyth.
There are three themed districts to wonder through. The Design District is dedicated to art and craft, fashion and homewares, and includes local favourites such as (Tokyo Bike and Abby Seymour). The Larder and The Heart of Dining showcase local, organic food producers and suppliers, (including Maker & Monger & Half Pint Vegan Dairy), and styled-up street food (Lardo & Uovo, Goldilocks Lunchbox and more).
Five stalls will be dedicated to students and graduates, one of which will be offered free-of-charge and rotated each week. Buckley says this will help emerging designers and producers get their work out in a more affordable way.
Creative workshops will be on offer for both adults and children, including "how-to" lessons on small space veggie-patches and making origami zoo animals.
The Upmarket will be held from 9am–4pm on the first and third Saturdays of the month, launching Saturday September 5.