by Jessie Cheung in New Design on Thursday 18 June 2009

Crochet, lamps and crockery. The Finders Keepers Independent Design and Art Markets sounds like a party for the geriatrics, but, in reality, it’s a place where all the cool cats of Sydney (and everywhere else) are this weekend. This little indie mish-mash of fresh young things is one of Sydney’s biggest design markets. Perspex lamps bespoke by lanky geeks sit on one stand, while corrugated cardboard bowls grace the stall of the next.

All around are newspaper whales, leaping from the sea and onto a bed of the finest fairy-like rings and neck adornments, all welded by the gruffest silversmith in the land. The vibe is throbbing, the people are animated and their designs are what they are excited about. If you love design or you simply need to get a great birthday present, this is the best way to support the small fry and to look cool while doing it. Score!