A surface fabrication studio led by Huda Baroudi and Maria Hibri. The studio primarily utilizes textiles to create personable and tactile objects, from furniture items to installations. The workshop maintains the essence of storytelling through embroidery and textiles; Bokja is a pioneer in preserving local tradition while redefining it in a contemporary voice.
Bokja’s signature is a visually chaotic assembly of fabric pieces stitched together to articulate a unified message. Bokja operates from Beirut, a city that echoes this complex language of assemblage. The country itself is positioned between old and new, east and west, bringing to the surface identity and impermanence issue. Accordingly, behind Bokja’s surface fabrication is an underlying theme of identity- how it can be created and collected, how it can travel and adapt and how it can be ultimately shared and communicated.
AïSHTI by the sea
The 40,000 square-meter complex is located on a coastal site just outside Beirut. As of 2015, Aïshti by the Sea has become the newest lifestyle destination for fashion, wellness, food and art. The luxurious space designed by the renowned architectural practice Adjaye Associates, holds under one roof, five floors of selected fashion, jewelry and furniture brands, as well as a curated bookshop. The fashion monobrand boutiques are around one hundred in total, with both luxury and contemporary brands for men, women and children. Art People and Meat the Fish restaurants also reside on the ground floor. Moreover, Urban Retreat the ultimate beauty and wellness destination has now a new address at Aïshti by the Sea as well as other new international restaurants that are scheduled to open.