Furniture is more often than not made to blend into the background, resulting in pieces that are functional, but not particularly remarkable. These extraordinarily colourful upholstered chair from Beirut, Lebanon-based Bokja Design take a different tack though -- by reusing vibrant fabrics and salvaged vintage chairs, designers Hoda Baroudi and Maria Hibri have created an homage to ancient cultures, doused liberally with plenty of flair.
Inspired by the textiles and cultures along the historic Silk Road, Bokja is
[..] an expression of respect and love for an age-old culture and aesthetic with a human approach. The concept stands for a poetic use of color, an emphasis on craftsmanship, and the sustainable use of available materials to express an artistic idea with an ever-present spiritual content.
There's nothing outdated in these chairs, even though their recycled forms and their textures derive from past traditions, ranging from Victorian sofas to stuff that's straight out of the 1950s. But put together, there's recurring threads of stories in these happy hybrids, waiting to be told, or at least interpreted by the viewer.
An element of playfulness underlies all of Bokja's delectable chairs -- check out this double swing they made for their studio's garden!