The Perfect Accompaniment – In Good Company and JB.DS

Words by James Lyall Smith
Photography by Sharyn Cairns
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Founded on a passion for design, quality and a genuine approach to business, In Good Company is the Melbourne-based design destination created by Louise Bastiras. Two years since the opening of the store, Louise’s husband, John Bastiras, has launched JB.DS, his first collection of furniture, locally manufactured and designed exclusively for In Good Company.

Drawing from Louise’s extensive design experience, a sense of family-owned authenticity is evoked within the Armadale showroom of In Good Company. During its two years of operation, In Good Company has developed an impressive reputation within the Australian design community for excellent customer service, friendliness and the promotion of high-end design sans the stereotypical hubris.

Accompanying In Good Company’s strong reputation is an enviable portfolio of Australian and international furniture, lighting, objects and artwork. Expertly curated by Louise and her team, the range fulfills the growing demand for the supply of quality design pieces and styling solutions that offer beauty as well as everyday functionality.

While Louise has focused on overseeing the importation of authentic collections from overseas, her other half John has designed and launched a collection of timeless furniture pieces, which stand as testament to a deep respect for sustainability and understanding of the importance of quality local craftmanship. In Good Company is proud to exclusively offer the first complete collection of locally manufactured furniture by John Bastiras Design Studio – JB.DS.

Combining artisanal resonance with technological aptitude, the JB.DS collection mediates the line between traditional design elements, handcrafted techniques and innovative technological process. The result is a collection of enduring and inherently beautiful pieces with both residential and commercial appeal.

Rubbing shoulders on the floor of In Good Company’s showroom with the likes of Gubi, Muuto, Kvadrat rugs, Workstead and Akari Lights, John’s work fits beautifully into the warm and welcoming environment. Such is the family-run nature of In Good Company, as Louise and John work side by side to provide an exclusive service to the Australian design community, fusing local design with international flair.

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Elevating and supporting each other’s brands, the partnership of In Good Company and JB.DS is built on the life partnership of Louise and John, a dynamic design duo committed to a steadfast belief in the value of good design – and even better company.