Melbourne film crews, set designers, interior decorators and stylists all know about this treasure trove. Lost Ark is one of those wonderful vintage shops with a little bit of everything.
Lost Ark is run by Michael and James D’Aquino and they make an impressive team. Michael is a lifelong collector with fine arts training and a keen awareness of materials and design. James tried varied careers before settling on furniture restoration. The brothers joined forces in 2001 and now specialise in “restoring, recycling and redesigning country and industrial furniture for contemporary use”.
The cool part about Lost Ark is you can buy a fully restored piece of furniture, or an unrestored chunk of history and do the work yourself. Both can look stunning and each visit offers plenty of inspiration.
Most of Lost Ark’s inventory is sourced from garage, estate or clearance sales. Stock ranges from secondhand and antique furniture to recycled cabinet parts, hardware, vintage tools, jewellery, rustic homewares, period lights, retro kitchenalia, tin toys, paintings and collectables.
A regular browse at Lost Ark will uncover more than you were looking for. Who knew you needed that old thingamawhatsit? Temptation, of course, is the sign of a great collection.
There is nothing big-city about Lost Ark. If you love finding treasure but don’t have time to scour the countryside, this is the next best thing. You also benefit from Michael and James’ years of experience in choosing sound pieces with upcycling potential.