The story of Boqa
From idea to import Acapulco chair:
It was during his expatriation in 2010 that Julien discovered Mexico. Sensitized to the design by her mother, the Mexican local craft particularly draws his attention. The colorful ceramics of Metepec, the Equipales that found on the lively terraces of Zócalo, the Catrina de Guanjuato and above all the Acapulco chair that we see here and there in patios and gardens.
He really falls in love of this robust and comfortable chair, with a vintage look that he did not have the chance to see in Europe. One day, he met some mayas craftsmen and with their help he learned how to manufacture this iconic colorful chair. Thus, It comes to him the idea to import this chair in France and promote the Mexican local design.
On 17 February 2011 the first container left the port of Veracruz towards Bordeaux. This was the first import of Acapulco chair: Boqa is launched!
The creation of an Acapulo Chair Manufacturing workshop:
A few months later and after a great commercial success, Julien realizes that the import of armchairs is more complicated than expected and restricts the development. How to ensure high quality products, how to allow a large choice of colors? Julien decides then to define his own quality standards : comfort, mechanical resistance, flexibility, weather resistance, choice of colors and materials …
With French partners, the first welding and braiding templates were designed to meet these precise specifications and so Julien created his own braiding workshop. Gradually, he finds suppliers of raw materials in France and starts to carry out the whole manufacturing process of the Acapuclo Chair in its workshop.
From Acapulco Chair Manufacturer to Furniture Manufacturer:
This workshop opens new perspectives and other complementary products are born such as sofas, chairs, tables or lamps to constitute a beautiful range of design and resistant furniture, outdoor and indoor.
Promoting the 100% made in France and the manufacturing of its products in short circuit, Boqa become a furniture manufacturer.
Boqa equips a first Hotel, the Best Western of Meudon-la-Forêt. Then come prestigious places :
- the Hotel des bains d'Arguin;
- the Annecy Palace;
- the Teutou restaurant for the Vanity Fair celebrations during the Cannes Film Festival;
- the Copenhagen and Vienna Zoku hotels;
- the Belle saison Restaurant in Bordeaux;
- headquarters of big companies.
The enthusiasm of the professionals for the Boqa furniture forces to enlarge the workshop and the small workshop of 70 square meters increases tenfold in size and becomes multidisciplinary.
Over time other materials and therefore new know-how will be integrated. Wood, glass, leather, linen, more recently acrylic, and always more colors.
From Furniture manufacturer to Design House:
In partnership with the VIA "French association for the valorization of the innovation in the furniture" and after a long work on its artistic identity, Boqa surrounds itself with designers and becomes a publishing house.
As a publisher and manufacturer, Boqa wishes to make furniture that is "beautiful, resistant and comfortable". Boqa publishing house selects and collaborates with designers from various backgrounds, thus facilitating innovation and creation.