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How it all started

Since its inception, Bokja has grown into a multi-level design studio building the story of Beirut’s numerous co-existing cultures through their famous assemblage fabric. The Beirut-based surface fabrication studio crafts meaningful narratives through embroidery and textile to create personable objects, from furniture to wearables. Bokja’s signature, a visually chaotic assembly of fabric pieces, encompasses several How it all started

Minis – Playhouse

2016 Playhouse is the first line of children’s furniture by Bokja. This miniaturized furniture series is inspired from the Classics Collection and is similarly upholstered in Bokja’s signature assemblage textile. In a Bokja assemblage, fabrics, patterns, and colors are gathered from around the world and pieced together to tell a unified story. Playhouse furniture pieces Minis – Playhouse

Women Women Women

2013 Women, Women, Women is an artistic intervention represented by five sculptures of women. Each totem, made of stacked poufs upholstered with textiles gathered from around the world, represents female attributes:  independence, empathy, compassion, nurturance, and strength.

We Are Tyre(d)

Street Installation Rafik Hariri Airport Beirut Lebanon 2012 In a play on words from the English term to be tired, we upholstered stacks of motor tyres in textiles. Converting the tyres that are traditionally burnt in street riots into objects to voice the public’s ongoing fatigue and frustration. The use of textiles in this street We Are Tyre(d)

The Happy Tree

2014 The Bokja tree is based on an ancient tradition of hanging wishes on a tree. Our tree asks its viewers to take a moment and think “What makes you happy?”

Tapestries

2014 When we intervene on traditional aubusson pieces, reviving them by introducing whimsical characters and embellishing existing ones. The fusion of the iconic pastoral scenes and Bokja’s fearless use of color and texture, make for a unique sighting.

Shader

2015 Shader is a waterproof canvas fabric commonly used to dress transportation vehicles. Its main function is to protect goods such as fruits and vegetables from natural elements as they travel long distances. Bokja has found that the Shader also serves as a film that records and consequently portrays human activity. Like human skin, its Shader