Some of us aren’t built for rummaging through racks of vintage shirts and denim shorts at markets in search of treasure. Though the smell of fresh gozleme is likely to draw you in early on a weekend morning, it’s just as likely that the cheap plastic sunglasses on display will splinter on the second wear, and the faint odor of someone else’s sweat will be forever entrenched in the faux fur coat you consider purchasing for $40. What if there was a space where there was no junk, where instead every item had been handpicked by a team of curators and creative types for your browsing (not rummaging) pleasure.
Twice a year, The Office Space on Surry Hills’ Reservoir Street holds an afternoon (and sometimes twilight) market on the sunny rooftop of their building overlooking the city. The market brings together the best local producers, artists and tastemakers in one place, so locals can shop, eat, drink and listen to tunes late into the afternoon. Curator of the market, Sam Preston explains that “The market is designed as a showcase of the creativity of some of our peers, or other local businesses that we know, or want to know more about.”
This year, the program of participants is indeed lengthy and rich in local talent. For the first time, the market will also include special participants from postcodes outside Surry Hills' 2010. “We used to contain our selection to just Surry Hills,” says Preston, “but this year we’ve opened up the program to include great small businesses from other areas. For this market we’ve invited object designers Studio Batch from Melbourne's Docklands - who specialise in 3D print technology, creating one of Australia's first 3D printing retail experiences.”
In the food camp, The Jam Bandits will be bringing their fruity wares along, as will raw and vegetarian darlings Little Indi and lunchtime heroes The Sandwich Shop. Drinks will be supplied by Single Origin Coffee and Karma Cola, and as the day progresses and the need for a stronger beverage calls, Batlow Cider will be pouring crisp, ice-cold cider. Mobile bar fleet Trolley’d will be mixing up cocktails using sustainable, organic and native ingredients all sourced locally, served from their recycled Ansett Airlines trolley, which has found a new lease of life as a genius mobile bar.
Classes are running throughout the day by Chippendale residents Work-Shop. Brush up on your skills in sugar skull painting, terrarium making or learn some nifty magic tricks to impress people at house parties. Remy & Co will be selling adornments for your pets, and resident DJ ROOF will be spinning some tunes. While you’re there pop downstairs to Gallery 2010, which is currently exhibiting Monsters of the Far Earth, a haunting photographic work by Noren Yensen.
Whatever your bag, the Quadrangle Rooftop Market is raising the standard for markets sky-high.
Quadrangle Rooftop Market
Rooftop, The Office Space, 69 Reservoir Street, Surry Hills
Saturday November 23
Noon – 4pm