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200 stallholders, delicious food & FREE kids activities

As the festive season approaches everybody 'in the know' knows that The Big Design Market is the only place to find Australia's most unique, ethical and uplifting gifts for loved ones.

Regarded as Sydney's premier shopping event, The Big Design Market, returns to Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park for a three-day extravaganza from 24 to 26 November 2017.

This year, eventgoers will be treated to an extended line-up of over 200 designers, delicious food and drink offerings, creative workshops, inspiring art installations, a cocktail bar, and FREE kids activities in a dedicated 'outback' themed play area!

The Big Design Market Sydney

Over 200 Local and International Stallholders Under One Roof

The beauty of The Big Design Market is that it delivers a one-stop Christmas shopping experience to an audience who value original, ethically designed, quality products. Shoppers can connect directly with the designers and makers featuring at the market, take part in creative workshops, keep their children entertained with FREE activities, and enjoy excellent food and drink, all in an iconic setting.

The Big Design Market offers a curation of the best local and international design and offers a diverse range high-quality products, including homewares, fashion, beauty care products, furniture, stationery, tech items and kids' products. Discover the best local creative talent, as well as indigenous artists from the Kimberley region in the Northern Territory, and new designers from Japan and China.

The Big Design Market consistently delivers dependability, diversity, and excitement to its visitors every year by featuring new independent creatives alongside established designers. It's these stallholders' impressive approaches to design, immaculate product presentation, and their commitment to ethical business practices that really makes The Big Design Market Australia's most anticipated and largest independent designer shopping weekend.

Wooden plane by Have A Nice Day

The Big Design Market 2017 highlights include:

  • Have a Nice Day: A design studio based on the Gold Coast that offers a range of high quality handmade wooden toys designed and made in Australia. Beautifully handcrafted by creative director and designer Jake Diaz, they are the perfect gift for unstructured, proper play time.

  • Kester Black: New at Sydney event in 2017. Ethical nail polish brand, established in 2012 by Anna Ross. First in the world to obtain a vast suite of accreditations such as Choose Cruelty Free, International Cruelty Free, Vegan Society, Australian Made and B Corporation. Winner of 2016 Young Victorian Telstra Business Women's Award.

  • Magpie Goose: Australian made clothing featuring 12 incredible original prints by indigenous artists from 4 remote Aboriginal communities across the Top End.

  • PARK Social Soccer Co: Social enterprise. Hand painted soccer balls. For every ball sold they pass an identical ball to kids and communities in need, both locally and internationally.

  • Silo: A small collective of designers based in Sydney making innovative tech products.

  • Simply Native Japan: Made in Japan. Products designed by Shinya Kobayashi, Good Design Award winner 2015. All products hand-made by local artisans in Japan: Chefs knives, gardening scissors and pottery.

  • Variety Hour: Print focused fashion and homewares label by textile designer Cassie Byrnes, featuring a new collection of hand painted and designed prints each season. Made in Melbourne.

    And that's just a taste of the hundreds of designers, artists and makers featuring at the Sydney event. For the full line-up visit

    Art print by Pete Cromer
    Inspiring Art Installations and Creative Workshops

    One of the distinctive qualities of The Big Design Market is an active support of the arts by inviting local, independent creatives to be part of the event itself.

    Following the wonderful work of guest artist Benja Harney of Paperform in 2016, this year, Melbourne designer and illustrator Pete Cromer has been commissioned to create an awe-inspiring floral installation using his distinct and vibrant collage style. Towering over 5 metres high, in gigantic golden vases, Pete's works are set to stun and delight visitors to The Big Design Market.

    Other artist highlights include custom furniture makers Timbermill who will deck out the food area and an 'outback'-inspired kids play area by Min Pin's Penny Ferguson in collaboration with Togetherness Design's Esther Sandler and independent textile designer Tara Whalley.

    Nail art workshop hosted by Kester Black Trophy Wife

    Fun workshops hosted by some of Australia's favourite creatives have become some of the most anticipated highlights of The Big Design Market, and once again the team have delivered an inspired line-up of artists and designers. Visitors can customise a pair of Japanese ryokan slippers with cute designs in felt with Cat Rabbit, The Plant Society will host indoor plant care workshops and Melbourne nail aficionados Trophy Wife will show participants how to create art on their nails using Kester Black's Australian made, cruelty-free nail polishes.

    Workshop tickets can be purchased online from November 9 until sold out.

    Gelato Messina

    Delicious Food & Drink

    Shoppers love to eat and drink, which is why The Big Design Market invites everyone to enjoy delicious gourmet food offerings, craft beer, wine and coffee from local culinary masters. The selection for Sydney includes Fishbowl sashimi bowls, Messina Gelato, Welcome Dose coffee, Mary's burgers, craft beer and cider by Young Henrys brewery, Argentinean snacks from Porteno, Taco Truck, Shortstop Donuts and Smoking Gun Bagels.

    Craft beer and cider by Young Henrys

    The Cocktail bar will feature refreshing mixed drinks by Archie Rose Distilling Co (winner: World's Best International Contemporary Gin - American Distilling Institute Craft Spirits Awards (USA), a selection of local wines curated by Bodega 1904 Wine Store, who are new to the event for 2017, and iced teas by The Rabbit Hole Organic Tea Bar. Plus there'll be sweet treats by Black Pantry including their new marshmallow Smores - toasted on location!

    Ceramics by Min Pin

    FREE Kids Activities

    And for the kids, talented artist Penny Ferguson of Min Pin will return alongside bright young stars Esther Sandler of Togetherness Design and textile designer Tara Whalley to create a kids play area with an Australian outback theme. Activities are free and will offer kids a chance to play and create all day with a fun cardboard cut-out photo booth, a large printed mural designed by the girls and kids art activities where they can create a wearable Gum Leaf Friend or Make a Moveable Paper Creature.

    Lekker bicycle

    Limited Edition Showbags, Prizes and Giveaways

    The Big Design Market's limited edition designer showbags are curated specifically to promote the quality and diversity of products on offer at the market and were a sell-out at last year's event. This year's showbags contain products from some of Melbourne and Sydney's best-loved designers including Leif, Honeybee Wrap, Hello Miss May and McKean Studio. The designer showbags are available for $15 ($85 value) and there will be a limited number available to purchase at the event each day until sold out. To see what's in the showbags each day, visit

    In addition to designer showbags, The Big Design Market offers over $1800 worth of prizes including a Lekker bike to be won by one lucky event visitor. Sign up for a chance to win here.

    In the lead-up to Christmas, The Big Design Market is an uplifting and inspiring shopping experience - the chance for adults and kids to explore, play, and engage with an extensive array of original products, delectable foods, creative workshops and free activities, all under one roof.

    The Big Design Market makes shopping for the festive season pure joy.

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

    The Big Design Market - Sydney

    Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park

  • Friday 24 November, 10am-8pm

  • Saturday 25 November, 10am-7pm

  • Sunday 26 November, 10am-5pm


  • $2 for adults and free for kids 12 and under.


  • All payment options are accepted including eftpos and credit card facilities. There are multiple ATM machines located inside the Royal Hall of Industries.
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    When: 24-26 November 2017
    Where: Royal Hall of Industries, Moore Park
    Cost: Adults $2 / Free for kids 12 and under
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