Bokja for Al Sabah Art & Design Collection
Design Miami 08: Lebanese designers Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri of Bokja presented a collection of found furniture pieces upholstered in vintage Middle Eastern fabrics at Design Miami last week.
The collection was created for ALEF, an exhibition held by Al Sabah Art & Design Collection.
See our earlier story about Pieke Bergmans' collection for Al Sabah Art & Design Collection, which was shown in Miami together with the Bokja pieces.
The photos here show both the Bokja work and the ALEF exhibition at the Miami Design District.
Here's some text about Bokja:
ALEF Design Miami
Selected works by Huda Baroudi & Maria Hibri (Bokja)
Huda and Maria started Bokja in 2000 with a vision to employ the age-old artisanal traditions and sensibilities of the East in the creation of contemporary furniture designs and decorative items. The name itself is highly evocative; Bokja is an old Turkish description for the embellished velvet wrapping of treasured items for special occasions, notably the embroidered dowry of a bride.
True to their original vision and ideals, Maria and Huda use local skilled artisans to produce their designs and shun any form of mass production. The result is one-of-a-kind pieces that embody a unique character in each case and the highest standard of craftsmanship.
In short, their story is one of recycling and breathing new life into once-treasured textiles from all over the old world to create inspiring modern and eclectic items.