The Big Design Market is around the corner, ready to bring you the best boutique and ethical fashion, homewares and decor.
The Big Design Market is the perfect opportunity to put your money towards something special. Not only does it offer shoppers the chance to get some unique goodies, but it provides a platform for independent, local and ethical designers in the Aussie market.
With Christmas around the corner, it's the perfect time to think about the impact of your gift-giving and opportunities to avoid the excess waste created by fast fashion and mass-market production.
To help with your shopping list, we've rounded up a collection of unique and stylish homewares you can grab at The Big Design Market in Melbourne and Sydney. If you're not in those cities, most of these great designers have their own sites or other stockists for you to peruse.
Loom Towels - Sydney & Melbourne
Loom Towels are made in southern Turkey on traditional shuttle looms, some of which are 100 years old. For this reason, every loom towel collection is limited in number and, therefore, extra special. They are made from organic Turkish cotton or linen, certified by the the Global Organic Textile Standard, and coloured with organic, chemical-free dyes.
Trade The Mark - Sydney
Trade The Mark offers ceramics, textiles and accessories designed by Sydney-based artist Christina McLean. Her brightly coloured pots and hand-painted linen textiles make great statement pieces for your home.
Sands Made - Melbourne
Each Sands Made product is handmade using the highest quality materials, with the lowest environmental impact. The team only uses recycled timber or materials certified by sustainable forestry and environmental protection organisations. They also avoid toxic glues, plastic and harmful wood treatments. Check out their great range of wooden kitchen utensils and chopping boards.
Bridget Bodenham - Sydney & Melbourne
For the perfect splash of metallics in your home, opt for Bridget Bodenham pottery. The pots and vases are made with clay, stone, raku and porcelain and often coloured with moody blues and greys with a splash of eye-catching gold.
Aqua Door Deisgns - Sydney
Linen tableclothes and runners will make the perfect addition to your summer BBQ feasts. The Aqua Door designs vary, offering country-style cloths or patterns with a Mediterranean feel.
Image: Facebook/Aqua Door Designs
Crayon Chick - Sydney & Melbourne
The handmade bowls, wall-hangings and accessories from Crayon Chick make gorgeous, original gifts. The bowls are perfect for a side-table (imagine a place to put your keys or accesories), while the natural cotton wall hangings are the ideal adornment for a coloured feature wall.
One Another - Sydney
One Another works with local artisans and traditional craftsmen and women in India, Nepal, South Africa, Uganda and Central America to bring you a variety of homewares and decor. We particularly love their South African handmade cushions.
Cut Throat Knives - Melbourne
These unique knives are handmade in Melbourne using high end stain-resistant steel or high carbon steel, with Australian hardwood handles. The perfect gift for a keen cook who has everything.
The Big Design Market Sydney will be held at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park, November 24-26. You can find the Melbourne Big Design Market at Carlton Gardens Royal Exhibition Building, from Dec 1-3. Entry is $2 and once inside you can shop and eat to your heart's content.
[Feature image: Sands Made/Supplied by The Big Design Market]