Dispatch from Australia | The Big Design Market

Post by Janis Nicolay of Pinecone Camp.

Hello from Australia! I'm in Melbourne at the moment, and had a chance to check out The Big Design Market, held at the Royal Exhibition Building. Incredible venue for over 200 incredible designers. I wish I could have spent the entire day (or weekend!) there. Here's a little of what I saw in just 2 short hours....

The Royal Exhibition Building is a pretty magical place. Completed in 1880, it's now a World Heritage Site.

I was happy to see Zaishu there. I have one of these stools, with Florence Broadhurst patterns, but I'd love one of their new ones. Matthew Butler is the creative director behind the company, and he collaborates with many artists to create each piece. Happily, you can also shop online.

These lovely rope bowls, planters and necklaces, by Zillpa, were flying off the shelf. Clare, the creator, also sells her accessories on etsy.

Alana and Sara, of Poppies for Grace, are so sweet. I've loved everything they've done, since they started, but hadn't met them before. They really have the best party accessories, ever. It was almost impossible to get near their booth, with the crowd of admirers surrounding them!

The Mod Collective, had quite the group of admirers as well. Must have been the off-the-colour-chart range of colours that designer, Valissa, comes up with. She does some beautiful lighting as well.

I've fallen in love with Such Great Heights. They create adorable little "wonder tents" that can be converted to a clothes rack, along with bed rolls and merit badges. I had a brief chat with Ryan (one half of the dynamic duo) and he explained how they work with a variety of international designers, to create the fabric patterns. Loved that bear pattern!

Screen printed goodness by Tinker. Tea towels, linens, poufs, they do it all. 

Stephanie Ng, of Luna Lana, creates some of the prettiest lighting I've seen in awhile. I would love to have a bunch of them hanging in my office...I just might soon.

Before leaving, we sat down for a lunch break with Miss Chu. They just may have been the best prawn dumplings I've ever had. 

That's it for my morning at  The Big Design Market. If you miss the show, you can shop online with pretty much all the vendors that took part. Happy shopping! 


Visit Janis online also at her blog Pinecone Camp, on Etsy and her website, janisnicolay.com.

Jan Halvarson


Fiona Cartolina said...

That's a really impressive line up of exhibitors. Really original and creative. Great to see.

Jan Halvarson said...

@Fiona Cartolina - That was my thoughts when I saw these also! So refreshing!

Angela said...

Totally agree. New and refresh ideas!

Chuzai Living said...

Your photos are fantastic! I love the items you featured on your blog. The colors and design on the textiles are amazing and so gorgeous.

Catherine said...

oooh i wish i could have gone! but im in Sydney. Did you know, Royal exhibition hall is the venue where they opened the first parliament of Australia when we became a Commonwealth in 1901? I love this building and i sat and stared at it for a long while when i was in Melbourne last :)

meeni said...

This looks like a great exhibition, thanks for sharing