This is a platform to visit

dsc09887-copyOne of the “new kids on the block” is Platform No5 that has taken up residence at The Mill in Castlemaine.  This place is an eclectic mix of vintage industrial furniture and homewares that opened in May, 2016.  Platform No5 is the brainchild of Antun Davcik who has been collecting since he was only thirteen years old influenced by his father, a traditional upholsterer and antique restorer.  Now in his mid thirties Antun has been a landscaper and was in mining and mechanics, but has now settled into what he really wants to do.  He chose his current location at The Mill because when he first saw the place, he had a feeling that it was going to turn into something really good.  Antun says “There is a lot of interest in vintage industrial, which is very popular with people between the ages of 20 and 50 years.”  Adding “As long as they can see that the piece they like has a function at home, they’ll buy it”.  Although Platform No5 is fairly new, asked where he saw it being in five years’ time, Antun said “I haven’t thought that far yet, but I hope it flourishes and becomes a well known feature of Castlemaine” adding further “I would like to be the drawcard for Australia to Castlemaine.”  That wish is not beyond the realms of possibility as Antun learned from his father that through patience and creativity, you can achieve anything.  There is a lot to see here, so allow time to wander around at your leisure.  Platform No5 is part of The Mill complex, 9 Walker Street, Castlemaine www.platformno5.com