Bokja {haute bohemian}

February 6, 2008

I’ve been trying to make a connection with these ladies for weeks so I was overjoyed today when I heard back from them. There’s this company based in Beirut, Lebanon that I’ve very fond of owned by Maria Hibri and Hoda Baroudi called Bokja. I have to show you what they do since words do this work no justice — it has to be seen.

Bokja {haute bohemian}

Bokja describes their collection as Haute Bohemian which I think nails this design style. Their furniture collection merges age-old traditional patterns and colors from the east (a vintage suzani for example) with contemporary western design that really delivers. Just look at it, jolting stuff — certainly not beige!

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Bokja {haute bohemian}and how imaginative is this?

I love what these designers are doing and find Bokja extremely inspirational — the unexpected combination of pattern and color, the whole marriage of east and west here really combines the best of both worlds. Makes me look at some of my vintage suzanis and fabrics in a whole new way. I’ve often thought of using them to cover an ottoman, but I’m almost scared to cut into my precious pieces. The more I see the work of Bokja the closer I am to sharpening my scissors and pulling my blankets out of the closest and just going for it. Isn’t it fun to see ethnic textiles being used so creatively instead of displayed in typical fashion on a bed or wall?

Bokja {haute bohemian}Bokja {haute bohemian}
If you’re looking for Bokja in the states, you can find their collection at ABC Carpet and Home in New York. For more information, you can email these ladies at bokjatd {at} yahoo.com. Thank you so much Maria and Hodi for sharing these images with us!

(images from bokja)


  • Reply Laurie of liquid paper February 6, 2008 at 10:45 pm

    Yes, please! Their work could be perfect in a white space or one full of color.

  • Reply SimplyGrove February 7, 2008 at 12:35 am

    I love the colors they use!!!!

  • Reply Diana Evans February 7, 2008 at 1:09 am

    holy colour…art in furniture….


  • Reply Jennifer at Design Hole February 7, 2008 at 1:41 am

    What a great find, once again. I adore their furnishings. They have a great sense of how to put patterns together. My favorites are the 2 matching chairs near the top of the post and the airport seating (awesome that).

    I wouldn’t mind if my flight was delayed if I got to sit on one of those. Well, I wouldn’t mind quite so much.

  • Reply kristy February 7, 2008 at 1:52 am

    i’m so glad that you posted about bokja, no home pieces have ever jumped out to me…and said “ME” more. i love it. every last piece. beautifully stimulating and wamr, all at the same time. love at first sight.

  • Reply Anonymous February 7, 2008 at 2:17 am

    just like masina house

  • Reply ToKissTheCook February 7, 2008 at 2:18 am

    Goodnight…what a sweet find! ALl gorgeous and vibrant but the first pair of chairs and those benches! And what looks to be recycled airport benches!

    Happy furniture.

  • Reply susie February 7, 2008 at 3:11 am

    these are so great! LUV LUV LUV them! So did Urban Outfitters totally rip them off or what? Last season they featured an Overman style couch with a VERY similar style of upholstery.

  • Reply All Things Bright and Beautiful... February 7, 2008 at 3:39 am

    dear Holly – I LVOE Bokja!! it is great to see their work here on your blog :-)

  • Reply lol707 February 7, 2008 at 8:19 am

    I’m mad for that chair (the last image)!!! Luv it all actually, but that c h a i r. Wow. Thanks

  • Reply Zsuzsi ?s Anna February 7, 2008 at 11:44 am

    I love theese furniture. To tell you the truth I love old couches so much. I keep buying and remodeling them. They are so great. This post is so inspirational. Thanks a lot!

  • Reply Diana February 7, 2008 at 2:03 pm

    Wow! I love the fabrics. I’m with you on the fainting sofa – gorgeous!

  • Reply cartolina February 7, 2008 at 2:42 pm

    Totally inspiring – really speaks to my own esthetic.

  • Reply Carrie February 7, 2008 at 3:38 pm

    There is nothing like patchwork! I love it, thanks for sharing!

  • Reply Iconoclastic February 7, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Ooooh! This resonates very deeply with my aesthetic. Thanks for the link, sweetie. I live in Singapore but I am going to hunt Bokja down!

  • Reply amy February 7, 2008 at 5:14 pm

    beautiful! thanks for the great inspiration. I love the colors and patterns and jsut the intensity of it all. yummy.

  • Reply Naomi February 7, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    thanks for this post- it is so wonderful and well done!


  • Reply Passementerie February 7, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Wow, these are amazing…I love, LOVE, love those benches and the last chair!!! What a great find, thank you!

  • Reply Peggy February 8, 2008 at 7:56 pm

    I love that first picture. Oh dear, I was thinking of adding yellow to my decor (which already has a lot of fushcia), now I want to add yellow AND purple.

  • Reply Rhondi February 9, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    This is my first visit to your blog and I’m glad I found you. The colors in that furniture are so bright and beautiful and I love how many colors they put together in one piece of furniture. What a find!

  • Reply IMEDAGOZE March 3, 2008 at 6:21 am

    hi holly: I’m just catching up with my blog readings and saw this post. Extremely gorgeous pieces!!!

  • Reply boliyou March 6, 2008 at 3:04 am

    Thanks so much for sharing this. I just love (and WANT) the tufted couches. Absolutely gorgeous.

  • Reply Andrea August 7, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Hi Holly….I?m a big fan of yours from South America…
    LOVE BOKJA!!!!!!!!
    Where can I find fabrics like that in America ?

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  • Reply Karen August 22, 2009 at 6:48 pm

    Hi there

    I’m wondering if you could put me in touch with this commenter as I am also in Singapore and also want to hunt down some Bokja!

    Thanks! Karen

    Iconoclastic commented:
    February 7th, 2008 at 4:37 pm

    Ooooh! This resonates very deeply with my aesthetic. Thanks for the link, sweetie. I live in Singapore but I am going to hunt Bokja down!

  • Reply Lea Bassani August 18, 2010 at 7:38 pm

    Beautiful. Very colorful and full of life.

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