FOR many like Meld photographer and graphic designer Rachel Gan and reporter Diane Leow, the Big Design Market experience was like they had died and gone to design heaven. They bring you a snapshot from there.
Held at the Royal Exhibition Building, this year’s Big Design Market saw the best of independent Australian and international designers get together under one roof.
From intricate jewellery and funky homeware, the Big Design Market organisers got it all covered. Of course, it wasn’t all about art… Parts of the REB were cleverly transformed into “picnic areas” where patrons could purchase takeaways from Vietnamese restaurant Miss Chu, coffee roasters Campos Coffee, and even well-known food trucks Beatbox Kitchen and the Taco Truck to enjoy.
Those who visited the market possibly had to physically restrain themselves from purchasing everything they laid their eyes on. From gorgeous bedspreads to vintage clothing, everyone would be spoiled for choice.
Art isn’t just about great design, however. Specialty foodstores also set up shop, with this tea store garnering lots of attention thanks to pots of tea brewing away (and the pretty lights made of vintage teacups – can you spot them?).
Summer’s here – and these handcrafted hats will most definitely come in handy. After all, with mass-produced high fashion garnering more popularity, handcrafted hats and accessories are almost a lost art form nowadays.
This gorgeous centrepiece hanging from the middle of the Royal Exhibition Building was an attention-grabber, with many taking Instagram shots – be it night or day. It also serves as a reminder that great design exists in the every day, if only we look out for it.
Were you at this year’s Big Design Market? What was your experience like? Share with us in the comments box below!