Melbourne Design Market: From furniture to handmade shoes

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Published:  June 19, 2015
Eloise Mahoney

The Melbourne Design Market (MDM) to be held this Sunday, June 21 in the underground carpark of Federation Square has everything covered from furniture design, homewares, handmade shoes and of course, coffee.

Establishing itself as the go-to-market for design lovers and enthusiasts, there is good reason Melbournians continue to flock each year and revel in the high quality on show.

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The MDM started in 2004 with the vision for both designers and the community to come together by sharing ideas, building relationships and launching new products. It was an immediate success, distinguishing itself from others by the high standard of products on offer. Since its humble beginning the market has continued to grow and inspire other leading design markets around Australia.

Mod Collective

Mod Collective

Hew Clothing

Hew Clothing

The success of the MDM can also be pinpointed to it prime location; Melbourne. “Melbourne traditionally had a strong manufacturing base that linked with design and this has always been an important part of our cultural heritage and commercial strength,” says Event Manager, Elizabeth Collins.

Because of this Australians and more importantly, Melbournians recognise the city as a place of freshness and innovation.

Myrtle & Moss

Myrtle & Moss

Woodfolk

Woodfolk

Melbournians also enjoy taking the time to appreciate good design and supporting local talent. Every year (now in it’s eleventh) the market draws in a crowd of people as they know they will be exposed to intriguing products from some of the most talented independent designers, innovators and craftsmen/women.

On show this year, there will be furniture, jewellery, graphic design, Coldsystem cashmere, homewares and the team from Wootten will even be demonstrating how their beautiful handmade leather shoes and bags are created.

Wootten handmade leather

Wootten handmade leather

Wootten leather shoes

Wootten leather shoes

Ute Design Victoria coffee table

Ute Design Victoria coffee table

And what would a good market in Melbourne be without coffee? Bean, Ground & Drunk organic coffee will be keeping the crowds caffeinated and happy as they browse the stalls.

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