With the shift towards offbeat visual culture, more of us are craving a break from the polished and predictable and veering to more personal and ‘loud’ modes of expression. Concept stores like The Good Things in Life, though not new to the scene, blend right in with their curation of handpicked, fun-loving products which equally meet this growing trend while still diving deep into slow, sustainable design.
Started in 2015, the multi-concept store first planted its roots in Terogong as an extension of Woodpecker Coffee. Seven years and a rebranding later, the store operates mainly online and recently moved into its new home in Pakubuwono, whilst still embracing its celebration of “good design and humour in everyday life,” shared friends and co-founders Dinta Jakile and Stacia Hadiutomo.
“At The Good Things in Life, we are committed to supporting the ever-growing pool of local talents. This comes out in close collaborations and working together to create products and concepts that are unique and fresh, a way to showcase the brand’s strengths,” the co-founders emphasised.
Inside the shop, the aesthetic leans toward playful and carefree, which comes out through bursts of bold prints, colours and unique shapes—eye-catching items that invite visitors to pick up and take a closer look. From retail and jewellery to homeware, they each echo an appreciation of thoughtful craftsmanship and design.
For starters, Bali-based Bumi Being’s range of incense holders is crafted using recycled plastic waste. EGON’s hand-crocheted bucket hats and Arta Derau’s bikini girl incense holders and vases also boast a one-of-a-kind, handmade flair. More recent additions include their very own collection, The Good Life, which features printed tees, patterned shirts and swimwear.
Visuals aside, the multi-concept shop also increases visibility for local brands and artisans through exclusive collaborations, such as the Mote Mote beaded coasters in sets of 3 and the Kind By Kami twisted micro bags crafted from microplastics. Championing this idea further, most of the spatial designs like the handmade tile counter, stitched curtains that separate the dressing room and sink installation are designed in collaboration with local space consultant studio and florist Oltjikko.
With plenty on offer, what stands out most is the shop’s ability to generate a community through its strong online presence and regular pop-ups as mediums to introduce new collections. Depending on the latter, displays alter thematically to fit the products. Yet one thing remains unchanged. Here, it’s always about the good and simple things in life.