East meets West in the Beirut-based studio Bokja Design, which has played a pivotal role in reviving the contemporary Lebanese craft scene, capturing international attention with classic midcentury forms upholstered in riotous patchworks made from vintage and new Middle Eastern textiles.
Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri launched Bokja 12 years ago, and since then the dynamic duo have built a successful international brand with a celebrity following including the likes of Christian Louboutin, Kate Hudson, Sandra Bullock, and Julia Roberts, to name but a few.
Part of the Originals collection, the Opium Daybed features a delightfully retro form upholstered in a vintage, bold, and graphic embroidered fabric from Uzbekistan, called a suzani. This traditional floral textile is framed with a patchwork of other printed remnants—the signature Bojka assemblege—most of which are produced in the brand’s bustling Beirut atelier.
Thrifting, crafting, restoring, reinventing, and upholstering: these are Bokja’s core values. In a kaleidoscopic studio staffed by women artisans, Bokja turns out exciting, uplifting, joyful designs aimed at an international audience. And along the way, they bolster their local community through sustainable craft practices that shine an auspicious light on Beirut’s creative capital.