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3 big days - 200 design stalls - 1 big design event

Australia's ultimate shopping destination is back this spring – bigger, bolder, brighter!

Relaunching at a stunning new location in the vibrant Barangaroo precinct – The Cutaway – the fourth annual Big Design Market is back for a three-day shopping extravaganza:

  • Friday 20 September, 10am–9pm

  • Saturday 21 September, 10am–6pm

  • Sunday 22 September, 10am–5pm

    $5 for adults and FREE for kids (under 12)

  • The Big Design Market is the only place to find Australia's most unique and uplifting gifts for foodies, families, dreamers, and all lovers of ethically made designer goods.

    Boasting over 200 Australian and international stallholders, a heart-racing array of food and wine experiences, and a host of curated activities for attendees of all ages, the event is a joyful spectacular of shopping, eating, drinking, creating and playing – all under one roof.

    Plus there is also a major prize draw worth over $1800, gourmet food, wine, craft beer and coffee, a huge kids' area complete with jungle gym by Good Design Australia Award-winners Funky Monkey Bars​ and FREE creative activities with ​Mulga the artist​.



    45 metre art installation

    Organisers have something really ​BIG in store for Sydney visitors at the Cutaway this year. The Big Design Market will showcase the stunning work of South Australia's most exciting emerging artist and jewellery designer, Maylin Evanochko of Mazdevallia, in the form of a breath-taking 45-metre printed mural covering one entire wall in vibrant colour. The installation will be on show for 3 days only and exclusive to The Big Design Market Sydney 2019.⁠

    Introducing: The Big Design​ ​Mentor 2019: Ken Done

    Each year, organisers​ will be asking one iconic Australian designer to step into the role of The Big Design Mentor – an ultimate role-model-figure whose skills, savvy and determination have helped them build their booming creative brand. Ken Done - the iconic artist and designer - has been announced​ The Big Design Mentor for 2019.

    Ken shared his stories, reflections, and words of wisdom on running a creative business with five up-and-coming, illustration-based designers from The Big Design Market Sydney lineup: Cassie Byrnes of ​Variety Hour​, Maylin Evanochko of Mazdevallia​, Penny Ferguson of ​Min Pin​, Esther Sandler of ​Togetherness Design​, and ​Emily Green​.

    Celebrating Sustainability​

    "Without a doubt, 2019 is all about sustainability and innovation at The Big Design Market – from the food, to the fun, to the delights at every stall," says Simon Obarzanek, director of The Big Design Market.

    "For starters, we've got designers who want to make your every dining experience as friendly to the Earth as it is to your taste-buds, like ​Beetbox​ with their multi-use takeaway bowl (created by legendary Keep Cup co-founder Jaimie Forsyth), ​Rolla Bottle​ and their literally roll-up-able, reusable drink bottles, and ​Cutlery Carriage​, with their completely colourful and very clever cutlery carriers.

    As for improving the rest of the ways we function in the day-to-day, ​Orbitkey​ are back with their ingeniously simple, life-streamlining key holders, ​Lekker Bikes​ are showcasing their beautiful electric cycles, and I am personally very excited to see the ​Lapod​ from ​Objct Co​ – a primo product that means no more hot laps or sore necks when you use your laptop.

    And food? I always say that design is my passion but food is a very close second. A couple of highlights for me this year from our amazing line up include​ Bar Pho​, ​Fishbowl​, ​Broomfield Pies​ (especially his trout and wasabi pie), ​Esti Garcia​'s chocolates, ​Moo Brew​ beer, and also ​Willie Smith'​s organic apple cider (and these last two guests are all the more illustrious at The Big Design Market for sailing across from Tassie to celebrate with us).

    And all of that is just the tip of the most delicious, exciting, colourful and uplifting iceberg you ever did see! I look forward to sharing every bit of it with Sydney this September at the Cutaway, Barangaroo."

    Get a head-start on Christmas

    As The Big Design Market i​s held just before the festive season, you'll get an easy, enjoyable head-start on your Christmas shopping.

    Year after year, The Big Design Market presents a consistently outstanding selection of premium design products. Whether it's original home decor, fine food, organic beauty products, cutting-edge tech items, clever toys for curious kids, or any of the other ethically produced goods available, everything at The Big Design Market has been created by people who care about quality. Come along and savour the process of choosing meaningful gifts without the stress of the Christmas rush!

    From great Australian artists to limited-edition designer showbags, The Big Design Market really has something for everyone. Expect a day full of all that is fresh, fun, innovative and uplifting. See you there!

    For details about The Big Design Market, including full line-up of designers, food and drink offerings, kids activities and designer showbags please visit

    @TheBigDesignMarket, @BigDesignMarket, #bigdesignmarket


    The Cutaway is wheelchair accessible and houses the lift and amenities, including accessible toilets.


    All payment options are accepted.

    The majority of stallholders at The Big Design Market will have Eftpos and credit card facilities, and there are several ATM machines located inside the venue.

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    When: 20-22 September, 2019
    Where: The Cutaway, Barangaroo Reserve, Hickson Rd Barangaroo NSW 2000
    Cost: $5 for Adults and Free for Kids (Under 12)
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