The Big Design Market returns for Christmas with 250 stalls under one roof for three big days

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The Big Design Market returns for Christmas with 250 stalls under one roof for three big days

Credit: Blake Walshe
Words by Staff Writer

The Big Design Market Melbourne is a festive feast for shoppers at the Royal Exhibition Building.

Time to get those Christmas lists out, as The Big Design Market descends upon the iconic Royal Exhibition Building from 1st to 3rd December 2023. With 250 designers, a delectable array of food and wine experiences, a captivating art installation, and a creative play space for kids – all conveniently located under one roof, this event is set to be a vibrant celebration of independent design that encapsulates the essence of the festive season.

As the Christmas countdown begins, The Big Design Market emerges as the perfect haven for exceptional gifts. The curated selection includes ethically made ceramics, jewellery, homewares, clothing, innovative lifestyle products, pet wares, stationery, and much more. Brace yourself for an exciting array of new brands joining the lineup, making your festive shopping list a treasure trove of excitement.

The Big Design Market Dates + Times

  • Friday 1 December, 11am–8pm
  • Saturday 2 December, 10am–7pm
  • Sunday 3 December, 10am–5pm

Stay up to date with what’s happening within the region’s art scene here

This year’s lineup promises a blend of newcomers and crowd favourites, featuring an eclectic range of products. Highlights include unique jewellery from Jin Ah Jo, premium non-toxic nail polish and skincare from Kester Black, innovative yoga mats from FoldUP, organic skin and hair care from Bush Medijina, fine Japanese ceramics from JDV Store, bespoke kitchen knives from Cut Throat Knives, artisan-made leather goods from Simétrie, and much more.

A highlight will be Melbourne’s own artistic maestro, Georgia Perry, who will grace The Big Design Market with a giant inflatable eye, measuring 5m high and 6m wide, floating below the Royal Exhibition Building dome. Known for her whimsical aesthetic, Perry’s vibrant and playful creations span illustration, graphic design, product design, and animation. Her addition to the event promises a unique and visually stunning experience.

Children are in for a treat with a dedicated kids area curated by Georgia. Brightly painted cubby houses, badge-making, and super fun glasses featuring Georgia’s artwork await the little ones. It’s the perfect spot for engaging downtime and imaginative play, ensuring children of all ages leave with smiles on their faces.

As shoppers indulge in the world of design, they can refuel with a feast of culinary delights crafted by iconic tastemakers from around Australia. From authentic Mexican from La Tortilleria to handcrafted puff pastry creations from Wonder Pies, the options are tantalizing. The lineup includes St. ALi Coffee, La Tortilleria, Wonder Pies, Wonderbao, That’s Amore Cheese, Claw and Tail, and more. The event boasts over 30 brands selling gourmet packaged foods, ensuring the indulgence can continue at home.

And guess what’s back by popular demand? The beloved show bags! Packed with over $200 worth of designer goodies, including socks, earrings, leather goods, gourmet food products, stationery, and even a cheeky chocolate espresso martini – all for just $35. Be quick – they sell like hotcakes, and the early bird catches the worm!

The excitement doesn’t end there. Attendees have the chance to win incredible prizes, with a major prize valued at $2100 and a visitor prize worth $1700 up for grabs. To enter the draw, simply purchase a ticket by 28th November and be in with a chance to add an extra sparkle to your festive season.

The Big Design Market is a cashless event, ensuring a smooth and efficient shopping experience for all.

It all goes down at the Royal Exhibition Building, Carlton, Melbourne/Naarm. Purchase tickets and find out more here