The Underlying design market, organized by the Curatoreum team, is fast approaching and with more than 50 stalls of handcrafted and unique items to browse, there’s sure to be something to stick under your Christmas tree.
Here are 15 designers, ranging from fashion and jewelry to accessories and homewares, that top our shopping list.
Shop a range of unique, handmade and beautiful fashion pieces that will have everyone asking “where did you buy that?”.
High Tea with Mrs. Woo
Traditional sewing methods are used by sisters Rowena, Juliana and Angela Foong to create unique shapes from conventional dress forms.
The trio practice the values of Slow Fashion – using materials and creating designs that are valued for their craftsmanship, wearability and materiality. They make sure to maintain a small scale of sustainable production to make garments worthy of attention and enjoyment for a long and useful life.
Captain Robbo Adventure Pants
Katy Robison started making adventure pants after experimenting with pairs for herself, as she explored different ideas and print options, somewhere in those moments of exploration adventure pants were born .
Each print has its own story to tell and when worn creates another layer of life.
Wendy Voon’s knitwear combines contemporary design with elegant shapes, sensual textures and the finest yarns. Each piece is soft, luxurious and highly wearable. Wendy is a firm believer that beauty is found in unexpected detail, while line and form are used to interest the eye and flatter the body.
This label reflects Wendy’s belief in timeless, elegant and thoughtful design that transcends seasonal changes.
Designer and manufacturer of unique, handmade fashion textile products, Helen’s range includes unique hand woven clutches and bags and men’s and women’s fashion scarves in luxury fibres. There will also be a collection of beautifully hand painted individual silk scarves to covet.
Each item is an individual hand-finished piece that uses the finest fibers and patterns to create truly unique heirloom pieces.
Bold, flattering and comfortable silhouettes with a minimalist aesthetic are what Kumo has become known for. It’s an independent women’s label founded in Melbourne in 2015 that creates pieces that can be worn and loved for many seasons. With everything from overalls to skirts and shirts, a new wardrobe staple awaits.
From statement to subtle, each handcrafted piece of jewelry created by Emma will become a treasured part of your collection. As the daughter and granddaughter of two prolific gardeners, it’s no surprise that Australian flora, succulent gardens and a Japanese aesthetic are the common themes and motifs found throughout her work. These are flowers that will not die.
Inspired by a desire to find unique, high-quality jewelry that was still affordable and something a little different from the status quo, Iris started inSync.
Intended for women who have an assumed sense of style, embrace the quirky and seek originality. They delight in expressing themselves through signature style, clever construction and organic shapes.
Sophia Emmett creates jewelry that is intimate and wearable constructs, where each piece is a small structural form. Based in Newcastle, Sophia raises the standard with her innovative approach to materials, combined with a fascination with the relationship between texture and form.
Inspired by influences and ideas from the natural world and the detritus of human activities, Simon’s practice is eclectic. He seeks the happy medium between reality and abstraction, being interested in the little things, the unnoticed or forgotten, as they add color and texture to our view of the world around us.
One woman show made in Sydney, Stof Studios mixes textures, materials and colors to create vibrant, unique and clever designs. Get earrings, clips, key chains and more that will make the perfect piece for any outfit.
HOME ITEMS + ACCESSORIES
All men kings
Handmade in Melbourne from durable materials like canvas and leather, All The Kings Men products are designed to get richer, softer and take on character with age. In business since 2003, the team makes products that are perfect for home, work and travel, getting you through whatever the day throws at you.
Put your money where your body wash is. Base creates soaps with a positive impact for the Australian community and with scents like cedarwood, rosemary, geranium and lavender they make it a luxurious experience. Naturally vegan, palm oil and cruelty-free, these high-quality products help you leave a smaller footprint and a positive impact.
Art prints, tea towels, badges, bags and more – Irene Tan, the artist behind Missy Minzy creates a mix of wearable and displayable art that will bring a splash of color into your life.
Bring some Canberra pride into your home with its beautiful pieces featuring some of Canberra’s most iconic places and things, including the Sky Whale and bus shelters.
An interest in biological systems and connectivity has seen Harriet’s designs embrace the neon and plasma elements that surround us. This vibrant form of illumination developed as his knowledge of glass grew. Attracted by the ability of glass to contain and shape the invisible, recent explorations have embraced interactive lighting to depict the subtle electricity of our bodies.
A bonus for the little ones in your life, grab them their new favorite yarn toy. Maiike woolen toys are born from carefully sourced woolen knits at flea markets. The toys have morphed into many shapes, sizes and finishes over the years, but the most important thing is that each one brought a smile to Aly’s face before leaving the studio and will bring a smile to you when he walks into your home. .
As you browse the stalls and meet the creators, you will be taken into a new world of design and magic. We know what’s on our wish list, do you?
What: Underlying Markets
When: 5 to 8 p.m. on Friday, November 25 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, November 26 and Sunday, November 27
Where: National Portrait Gallery, Parkes Place, Parkes
The Web: undercurrentdesignmarket.com
Characteristic image of Emma Kidson