Bokja, design and craft studio, captures the spirit of Sufism at Design Days Dubai

 

In collaboration with designer Wyssem Nochi, Bokja has created an exhibition entitled: The Seven Stages of the Heart. This collection is rooted in sufi teaching and, through the creative application of fabrics to seven of Nochi’s iconic iron chairs, the installation illustrates the journey from the material to the spiritual.

The collection starts with a chair made entirely of “plastic noise”, fake flowers, cutlery and keyboards

The collection starts with a chair made entirely of “plastic noise”, fake flowers, cutlery and keyboards

The second stage is represented by layers of Suzani textiles and needlepoint images of earthy connections: a bowl of fruit and home

The second stage is represented by layers of Suzani textiles and needlepoint images of earthy connections: a bowl of fruit and home

At stage three we see a shift. The chair is composed of layers of heavy white fabrics and Arabic letters begin to appear as in embroidered gold thread

At stage three we see a shift. The chair is composed of layers of heavy white fabrics and Arabic letters begin to appear as in embroidered gold thread

By now, the shift is clear. An embroidered Sufi text appears alongside a face

By now, the shift is clear. An embroidered Sufi text appears alongside a face

The core of the fifth chair features an embroidered Burj Khalifa on top of an Ottoman prince’s coat. The fine, gold thread of the embroidery shines with vanity but the remainder of the chair is exposed, revealing the iron structure of Nochi’s design

The core of the fifth chair features an embroidered Burj Khalifa on top of an Ottoman prince’s coat. The fine, gold thread of the embroidery shines with vanity but the remainder of the chair is exposed, revealing the iron structure of Nochi’s design

Stage six features more exposed iron with embroidered birds on a dilapidated Suzani fabric

Stage six features more exposed iron with embroidered birds on a dilapidated Suzani fabric

At the seventh, and final stage, the chair is covered in a simple, natural white fibre representing an harmonious unity with God

At the seventh, and final stage, the chair is covered in a simple, natural white fibre representing an harmonious unity with God

“The lines of the hexagon in Wyssem Nochi’s chair form a natural pyramid,” Huda & Maria said. “His design was pure and minimal and offered the perfect foundation to build our collection. Each upholstered chair represents a stage in the journey of life – to shed oneself of all material possessions and earthly desires.”

They add, “When thinking about the impact of recent events in our region of the world, we found ourselves looking inwards, trying to make sense of things. Intuitively we were drawn to the words and teachings of sufism to help us understand, spiritually, what has been happening.”

The collection will be on show at the Contemporary Art Platform (CAP) stand at the purpose-built Design Days Dubai exhibition space, The Centre of Now, in central Dubai, close to the spectacular Burj Khalifa, the world’s tallest building.

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