The Big Design Market 2013

Unearth the very best in design, from homewares, to keepsakes and apparel

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It's the biggest event of its kind in Australia! The Big Design Market brings together a massive collection of Australian and international designers over three days and gives you the chance to check out a huge range of fashion, accessories, stationery, lifestyle and kids' products, homewares and more. Don’t miss this opportunity to pick up new products from emerging designers as well as seeing what established brands have on offer. There will be places to grab food, drinks and coffee, as well as a creative play area for kids – yep, all boxes ticked for a boss weekend.


Big Design Market top picks

PETITE GREEN: Terrariums

Describe your collection in one sentence.
We create terrariums that are living pieces of art that tell stories.

Which of your items for sale at the Big Design Market are you most proud of, and why?
Our larger mossariums have such great detail. In our beach-scene mossarium, we painstakingly constructed a lot of the extra features to make the scenes appear as realistically as possible.

What keeps you going when you’re stuck for design ideas?
We enjoy making scenes from movies and TV shows, so a good horror or sci-fi flick is great for ideas.

Got any secret plans for future creations that you can share with us?

Soon we will be launching our more advanced workshop on how to make a Bonsai terrarium in a bell jar.

What’s the weirdest custom-made terrarium you’ve been asked to make?

We were asked to make a terrarium of the Mythological story of Callisto. It ended up as a beautiful terrarium with a classical water feature, with lots of miniature naked people sunning themselves. Magical!

BAILEY NELSON: Glasses

Describe your collection in one sentence.
Glasses for people who appreciate good craftsmanship.

Which of your items for sale at the Big Design Market are you most proud of?
Our ‘Rémonde’ glasses, because their stunning mix of colours is perfectly matched to the Australian summer.

What keeps you going when you’re stuck for design ideas?
On the rare occasion that our head of design (who is from France) gets stuck, we simply present her with a wine and cheese selection, and soon everything is back on track.

Got any secret plans for future creations that you can share with us?
If you have any kids running around the house who need glasses, you should definitely come and see us in February.

Your signature frames are all named after famous authors – Joyce, Tolstoy, Fitzgerald and Yeats. How have these writers inspired your eyewear designs?
These authors think freely, disperse ideas and challenge people’s perceptions.

POLLI: Clothes and jewellery

Describe your collection in one sentence
Graphic, contemporary designs inspired by nature and made in Australia.

Which of your items for sale at the Big Design Market are you most proud of, and why?
We’re so thrilled with the results of our first clothing range. It’s always been great to wear our own clothes and see them worn by people we admire.

What keeps you going when you’re stuck for design ideas?
We’ve got a close partnership with our creative team, so there’s a constant cross-pollination of ideas.

Got any secret plans for future creations that you can share with us?
For our next collection in February 2014, we’re branching out into new materials and patterns.

Your jewellery is made from stainless steel, graphite, wood, and fabric. Do you have a favourite material to work with?
After working in stainless steel for ten years, the freedom of the pattern and colour of printed timber and textiles is so exciting.

MISS HAIDEE: Kids' and women's clothing

Describe your collection in one sentence.
Vintage inspired keepsakes, from birth all the way to women’s wear.

Which of your items for sale at the Big Design Market are you most proud of, and why?
Miss Haidee tunic dress: it starts as a dress for little girls, then turns into a top as they grow. I make them in women’s sizes as well!

What keeps you going when you’re stuck for design ideas?
I spend time playing with fabric in my studio. It takes me on a wonderful creative journey, with surprising outcomes.

Got any secret plans for future creations that you can share with us?
As a very left-of-field sideline, I have created a line of handmade race-wear for women.

Your vintage-inspired children’s clothing has a very nostalgic feel. What feedback do you get from the parents who buy your clothing?
People fall in love with my creations because they evoke memories for them. Some people just have to buy one of my dresses, even if they have no children.

A SKULK OF FOXES: Jewellery

Describe your collection in one sentence.
Jewellery and accessories inspired by folk art, using modern production techniques.

Which of your items for sale at the Big Design Market are you most proud of, and why?
Our brand new timber vases – we spent months working out the best way to make them watertight!

What keeps you going when you’re stuck for design ideas?
We have boxes of prototypes in our studio that have never seen the light of day, so we often sift through these, looking for ways to alter and improve them.

Got any secret plans for future creations that you can share with us?
I would love to get back to my roots and produce a range of clothing, so don’t be surprised if you see A Skulk of Foxes clothing in the near future!

What inspired you to design timber iPhone cases?
The iPhone cases were born out of necessity! [My husband] Andrew was trying to juggle three kids at kinder one day. Weighed down with bags, his phone slipped out of his pocket and smashed.

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Royal Exhibition Building & Carlton Gardens


Address
9 Nicholson St

Carlton 3053

Telephone 9658 9658

Price FREE
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Date 06 Dec 2013-08 Dec 2013

Open Fri 10am-9pm; Sat-Sun 10am-5pm

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