There is no shortage of markets in Sydney. From Bondi to Orange Grove, to the Rozelle Collectors Market and Carriageworks Farmers Market, it seems we enjoy the experience of more authentic, artisanal shopping, connecting with makers and growers and taking home something a little more distinctive.
Spread over three days on the last weekend of November, The Big Design Market is a little different to the standard Saturday market trawl. Imported from Melbourne, it pools some of the region’s best independent design talent in one place.
“Unless you are shopping online, a lot of the designers featured at The Big Design Market you can’t really access in Sydney,” says market director Simon Obarzanek. “We are bringing something quite unique to the city.
“At BDM there are larger scale design pieces on offer. You’ll be able to find tables, chairs, lighting … It’s not so much just handmade craft items, we’re really about original design.”
There’ll be familiar food favourites including Melbourne-based vegan and organic Pana Chocolate, Mary’s burgers and Messina. There’ll also be some 200 up-and-coming designers to discover. Here are just five we think you need to know:
Multidisciplinary designer Beci Orpin’s client list includes Mount Franklin, Who Gives a Crap, and Mercedes Benz. She’s collaborated with Miso and designer Tin & Ed and published a set of DIY books that include fun activities such as “How to create giant wall sprinkles”. At The Big Design Market, Orpin will be doing on-the-spot collages, crafted while you wait.
Sydney-based industrial designer Trent Jansen is a part of an exciting cohort of furniture makers carving a new image for Australian design. He was selected for a residency with Italian manufacturer Edra Design in Milan in 2011, and his furniture is featured at Hotel Hotel. Jansen has just released a series of outdoor pieces for Tait called Tidal. At The Big Design Market, you’ll be able to find his Cyclesign bike reflectors – cycle safety upcycled from disused road signs.
Small-scale jewellery label LOTT Studio makes intricate, classic pieces using high-quality materials. Based in Melbourne, designer and silversmith Kari Layton’s fine rings, necklaces and earrings are sculptural and delicate, in sterling silver, rose gold and yellow gold. Layton developed her collection during a stint in Berlin and each piece is a little androgynous and functional but still elegant.
Launched by Melbourne-based textile designer Cassie Byrnes, Variety Hour’s hand-painted prints are splashed across tunics, tops, T-shirts, silk scarves and coloured cushions. There’s a painterly, inked look to each piece. Patterns are developed using gouache and pigment inks, which are then digitalised and applied to clothing and homewares.
Liar the Label
The collection of local swimwear labels focused on simple, structured separates is growing. Born out of Byron Bay, the point of difference for Liar is its focus on sustainability, reducing its carbon footprint and ocean conservation. The idea is that while you swim in the waves, you have helped to preserve the life that lives there. All bikinis are made of 100 per cent recycled poly (a material regenerated from recycled fishing nets and plastic bottles). Ten per cent of profits from Liar’s Save the Sea Turtle collection go to marine protection. The swimmers are super durable too – they are sun cream-, oil- and chlorine-resistant.
The Big Design Market is on November 25–27 at the Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park.