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Threading Through Heritage, One Stitch At A Time

Colourliving welcomes the addition of Lebanese brand Bokja to its collection with a cultural exhibition.

colourliving Bokja


BY Stephanie Peh

July 28th, 2016


Top Image: The Women installation

‘A Stitch In Time’ showcases the artistic flair and traditional roots of Lebanese design and craft studio Bokja. From now until the end of August, visitors can visit the 3812 gallery to marvel at Bokja’s artistic installations that tell cultural stories, alongside its iconic furniture pieces adorned with ancient textiles and intricate embroidery.

Curated by colourliving, the initiative runs in tandem with the addition of Bokja’s Classic collection to colourliving’s catalogue. Inspired by the textiles, patterns and colours from around the world, Classic include favourites such as the Couture armchair and Eye Candy chair.

Colourliving Bokja
Lolita armchair

‘Bokja’ is a Turkish word that refers to a piece of cloth used to wrap the dowry of a bride. The Lebanese brand was founded in 2000 by two women designers Huda Broudi and Maria Hibri, who are respective collectors of ancient textiles from Central Asian and Levantine, and mid-20th-century furniture sourced worldwide. With a mutual passion for fabrics, furniture and handcrafted beauty, every masterpiece by Bokja is made by hand. Employing old material and craft in new methods, the duo seeks to portray the traditional world of Levantine textiles in a contemporary context.

Colourliving Bokja
Eye Candy chair

“With the use of colourful and traditional materials, each product portrays careful embroidery and highlights a historic tradition, adding an unprecedented touch of art and heritage to colourliving’s contemporary furniture offerings,” says Denise Lau, the Executive Director of colourliving, of Bokja’s addition to the list of brands it carries.

Colourliving Bokja
Happy Tree installation

Visitors to the exhibition at 3812 gallery can also check out the Happy Tree and The Women installations by Bokja.

Based on ancient traditions of hanging wishes on a tree, the Happy Tree was handcrafted in Bokja’s atelier using manipulated fabrics of recycled silk and thread strands, resulting in an intricate wall piece. The Women comprises of four unique pieces: Mother Nature, The Seductress, The Guardian and The Warrior, celebrating the contributions of women.

Colourliving Bokja
Bean sofa

The duo’s signature assemblage of fabrics form the artistic skin of its furniture and installations, resulting in bold pieces, be it sofas, armchairs, poufs or decorative installations that imbue spaces with live and beauty.

“We are looking forward to witnessing how Bokja’s playful twist to furniture design will bundle up new stories in Hong Kong homes,” Lau concludes.

‘A Stitch in Time’ exhibition will be showcased at 3812 gallery from now until 31 August 2016.

Bokja furniture is carried by colourliving in Hong Kong.

Colourliving Bokja
A Stitch In Time