We learn the story and inspiration behind In Good Company creative director John Bastiras’ furniture design business, JB.DS.

Located at the rear of a historic arcade in Melbourne’s Armadale, In Good Company are purveyors of contemporary international and local furniture, lighting and objects. Led by director Louise Bastiras alongside husband and creative director John Bastiras, In Good Company was born from the notion that good design should be approachable and accessible, presented in a beautiful and welcoming environment. 

While the retailer is the Melbourne home to some of the most globally recognised design labels including Gubi, Workstead, In Common With, Kvadrat rugs, Danese Milano, Muuto and Pandul, the showroom also showcases John Bastiras’ Melbourne-made JB.DS.

Produced in partnership with In Good Company.

From an early age, John Bastiras says he always had an affinity for furniture design. “As a child, watching my brother, now an architect, build scaled models of buildings certainly has left a mark on me – he is the catalyst for my pursuit in design,” John says. Launching his design career in his early twenties with a business collecting and restoring mid-century Scandinavian furniture, to say John Bastiras has dedicated his life to the craft of furniture is an understatement. It wasn’t until 2019 however, that John decided to launch his own range.

The JB.DS Myron Dining Table was first produced for a client who had engaged Melbourne architects Powell & Glenn to design their own home. After walking through their home, John says the minimal and peaceful palette led him to design something simple that sat well within the space. “The oval-shaped top allowed for easier flow around the space and the curved leg detail offered both softness in aesthetic and stiffness in structure,” John says. “Its curves reminded me of one of my favourite architects’ work, Myron Goldfinger, who designed beautiful sculptural homes on the outskirts of New York throughout the 1960s and 70s,” he adds.

Despite its recent inception, the Myron Dining Table by JB.DS is a favourite among leading Australian architects and interior designers. Available in eight different finishes, the dining table is designed and manufactured in Melbourne and crafted from solid oak. “The quality of our pieces comes from the understanding of the details,” John says. “From selecting the right timber, prototyping the product, applying new and improved techniques of manufacture and continuing to develop and improve; all of these ingredients are important for longevity,” he adds.

The JB.DS collection can be specified exclusively through In Good Company.

Contact: hello@ingoodcompany.com.au

Instagram: @johnbastiras.designstudio

Website coming soon.

In Good Company is located at 19 Morey Street Armadale, VIC, 3143.

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