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 instigate a sense of discovery and wonder due to their tactility and layered surfaces. Far from a miniature transposition of adult furniture, Bokja seeks to stimulate a child’s creativity, curiosity, and sense of autonomy as they develop a sense of ownership and self-identity. These pieces become tools for exploring one’s environment and a medium for learning through play.
Women Women Women
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)
Rafik Hariri Airport
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 intervention pacifies any political message, while still maintaining a potent poetic symbolism. The installation was first shown in Beirut as a peace protest against the burning of tyres, a campaign quickly fueled by countless responses online and in social media from around the world.
The Happy Tree
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?”
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 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 constant exposure to an exterior realm illustrates a passing of time. As a collector and manipulator of textiles, Bokja seeks to expand on the significance of this surface through its use in our latest collection. For this collection, the shader is juxtaposed and fused with a wide array of other fabrics to construct a new redefined surface. Said surface is finally treated with traditional embroidery. The resulting textile is then used to dress furniture items and tapestries.
Salone del Mobile
Inspired by the new reality around us and referencing a world and its people forever on the move; we were compelled to address the phenomena of packing up your belongings and becoming displaced journeyers in search of a new beginning. Our collection depicts borders as bleached walls that are disappearing and possessions as bundles of hopes and dreams. These hand crafted stories of individual migrants are told through embroideries and assemblages with a tender rawness to the materials and emotions behind them.
Bokja has reinterpreted the concept of a Mashrabiya as a reaction to shifting cultural attitudes due to globalization. In a world of online communication, physical walls and barriers begin to lack a sense of meaning and function. The soft textile surface contrasts the strict attitude of lattice wood, the material form used in original examples. Comprised of modular adjustable units, its malleable nature references a sense of openness, autonomy and transparency, adapting to any context or void it may occupy. It allows for home dwellers to add or tear away at the Mashrabiya surface, controlling the light and privacy levels desired to morph the interior space. The textile used to create each of the soft units includes both traditionally Islamic textiles in addition to contemporary fabric scraps intuitively assembled to communicate a mood.
As a commemoration of the of the 50th anniversary for Phoenicia Hotel, we concocted a cartographical installation inspired by Beirut's pre-war glory days. The map of Lebanon is hung as a punching bag, raw and vulnerable and evokes a sentimental attachment to Lebanon's enduring cultural icons. The piece turns a critical eye towards our collective selective memories and our nostalgic yearning for the good old times, while always expressing optimistic aspirations for the future. The map of Lebanon is hung as a punching bag, raw and vulnerable.
Salone del Mobile
A project that celebrates the narratives and experiences that comprise our signature Bokja Designs. Using fabrics sourced from all over the world, each piece carries with it stories and memories of another time and place.The collection of narratives and stories that form the designs are never final, but continue to live on beyond the completed object. Two conjoined sofas, positioned in an "S" shape encourage conversation among their seated participants. Pieces of fabric on the wall deconstruct the stories that live within the sofas. The dialogue between the materials become visible by revealing each fabric's place of origin, context and story. By viewing the fabrics independently of the sofa, a new dynamic is created and explored when mixed together.
Salone del Mobile
Our debut installation was a once dilapidated Volkswagen Beetle dressed up in a surprisingly cheerful and textural patchwork of clashing fabrics. Each textile swatch had been lovingly upholstered onto the vehicle's surface, each stitch taking the derelict machine further away from the death knell of the scrapheap and closer to life as a treasured object. The Bug was purchased by Angela Missoni herself of Missoni Design with proceeds benefiting the Children of Haiti through The Fondazione Francesca Rave, N.P.H. Italia Onlus Fund.