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C&G’s Guide to the Big Design Market
The Royal Exhibition Building will be hosting the Big Design Market from 6th to 8th December, celebrating the best in Australian independent design. True to its name, there are over 260 exhibitors selling ceramics, jewellery, clothing, tech accessories, kids products and more. The organisers amongst us will definitely achieve all their Christmas shopping in one hit! In this C&G blog we guide you through some notable designer stalls, activities and delicious eats, so no one misses out!
Reusable coffee and travel cups with a creative and natural touch. They are made by self-taught potter Arcadia Scott from Brunswick, who works with different clays and glazes.
Embrace the lunchbox! Beetboxes come in adorable colour combinations and are designed right here in Melbourne. They focus on preventing waste by offering an alternative to disposable food packaging.
Upgrade your glassware with these amazing pieces from South Australian glass artist Emma Klau. Her most popular product is the Kinetic Wine Glass which functions as a drinking glass as well as decanter that aerates wine when it spins around.
Something for the kids! This swimwear company is proudly designed in Melbourne and ethically produced using Italian fabric with regenerated fibre from post-consumer materials. Besides that amazing fact they also offer stylish swimwear designs that are also UPF50+ and sunscreen resistant! Perfect for the family beach trips this summer.
They call themselves ‘Australia’s Leading Empowering Stationery Brand.’ Their impressive range of aesthetically pleasing journals, planners and stationery will assist you in gathering your thoughts and unlocking your potential towards achieving your goals. This is an excellent gift idea for yourself or your loved ones, especially when the new year arrives and we start creating our resolutions!
Organise your keys with this handy, leather-crafted key organiser. They can be complemented with other nifty accessories such as a bottle opener and Bluetooth tracker! We all own keys, so this is a simple but elegant idea!
Based right here in Elwood, illustrator Luka Va is on a mission to match customers with their spirit animal! Shop a number of charming enamel pins, prints, tea towels and wrapping paper that embrace colour, fun and creativity.
Eat and Drink
As you can see, there’s already so many stalls to check out – the above list barely scratches the surface! Since you’re most likely buying gifts for others, lunch time is when you treat yourself. The best local eateries will be in full force with delicious offerings. Some notable names include traditional Italian cuisine from 400 Gradi, fantastic Yarra Valley wine from Innocent Bystander, ST. ALi coffee for topping up shopping energy, burgers from Beatbox Kitchen and macarons from LuxBite when you’re ready for dessert.
Don’t forget to keep an eye out for exclusive showbags filled with goodies and vouchers from the exhibitors. Otherwise there will be competitions throughout the weekend with opportunities to win prizes from the stallholders themselves. The competition terms can be found here.
The complete exhibitor line-up can be found here.