Last week I had the good fortune of visiting a most interesting locale. Open to selected retailers and designers, (and an eager blogger) Bobo Intriguing Objects is a furniture manufacturer that specializes in unconventional and inventive goods for the home.
Bobo Intriguing Objects is owned and operated by two men who encompass a strong passion for world travel, artistry and originality. Mark Sage is based in the United States (Atlanta) and Rudi Nijssen in Europe (Antwerp, Belgium.) They each travel the world- most recently in France, Sweden, Argentina, the Philippines and China - seeking original art or ideas for great pieces to make and sell to retailers worldwide.
As Mark shared, "I spend my life in flea markets around the world." His objects, whether acquired or inspired, feel different because he puts in the hours and the time and care to take the path less traveled. He adds, "I like to visit the places that aren't in any guide book. I like to get out in the country, eat street food, go to the small bars and antique shops. The soft underbelly I call it. You find the coolest stuff there." How badly I ache for those serving domes...
Leah Dobbs is the Sales and Marketing Director and describes the Bobo philosophy as "Bohemian bourgeois, hip and earthy." Adding "We love to repurpose something."
Perhaps the first thing you notice while walking into Bobo are the lights. They are all large and incredible pieces, demanding your attention. These pendants were made out of found pieces of driftwood in Poland.
These four panels were created by artist, Tony Hernandez, a Georgia native, whom also has seen his paintings grace the album covers for the band, Train. The children depicted in these pieces are inspired by Jewish refugees and drawings found on the walls of the kindercamps in Auschitz. They are created on birch panels using a slow and meticulous process called encaustic painting, which in Greek means "to burn in." By melting together layers of beeswax and damar resin, each piece is given a three dimensional feel characteristic of Tony's work.
All the silver pieces on this table were designed by Mark, Rudi and their team. Each piece was inspired by an antique but given a modern twist. How wonderful are the silver baskets with bird feet?
The fabulous desk light to the right was created by Mark after seeing whisks inside an old bakery in Europe.
As Leah shared, "Mark always wants to push the envelope and stay away from the norm. He loves obscure, unique and random objects." You'll find a lot of eyes, from around the world, staring at you when you walk throughout Bobo...
There are plenty of unique, well made items to see here, each with their own story to tell. The delightful pillows are by artist Deborah Baker in Chicago. All her work is hand stitched freehand and is based loosely on the narrative of her life...
Bobo sells to thousands of boutiques nationwide and Leah was kind enough to share a few from the South if you'd like to experience a bit of Bobo's bohemian cool yourself.
GDC Home. Charleston, South Carolina; Acorns. Highlands, North Carolina; Bungalow Classic. Atlanta, Georgia; The Paris Market. Savannah, Georgia; Duh. Pensacola, Florida; Mecox Gardens. West Palm Beach, Florida; Williams and Sherrill. Richmond, Virginia; Revival. Chattanooga, Tennessee; Atchison Imports. Mobile, Alabama; MCJ Interiors. Birmingham, Alabama.
And if you do get the opportunity to visit Bobo Intriguing Objects, Leah's adorable lab, Oscar, will be more than happy to meet you at the front door. But sad to see you go. I know how you feel Oscar... I had such a great time here. Thank you to Leah, Mark and everyone at Bobo who made my visit so fun. Be sure to stick around for the next Manly Monday post which will showcase owner Mark Sage's 1200 square foot office. You think you have a nice office? You have no idea...
Photos and Content: Sweet Peach