Ornate Meets Modern with Bokja

Ornate Meets Modern with Bokja

Gregory Han
Oct 15, 2009

Ornate and colourful fabrics as upholstery on modern furniture designs is a trend we reported earlier last year, and included in the report was a reupholstered Eames lounge by Lebanese design studio, Bokja. We thought we'd revisit with some additional designs they've created for their unique beauty, merging Western forms with Central Asian textiles...

According to their website, "Bokja" is an old Turkish word for an embellished velvet wrapping of a valuable and treasured object, specifically for a special occasion, specifically the embroidered dowry of a bride. And these are definitely treasured objects to many of us who love modernist furnishings.

Although some may disagree, we're not offended by the "haute bohemian" reinterpretation of these classics; somehow the colour and pattern give the chairs a distinct and whole new presence that isn't so much a riff as a whole new tune. Something about the combination of form and colour evoke imaginings of vibrant and joyous celebration...meals and drink sitting on ornate Central Asian carpets with friends and family (perhaps we've been watching too much Anthony Bourdain and PBS). We also respect these are one-of-a-kind, handmade creations, each embellished in their own unique character with colours that delight. But that's just us. We could also imagine these being "too much" for certain eyes. This amount of colour and pattern aren't exactly everyone's cup of tea.

What do you think?

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