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By Matt Dougherty
Photo by Melissa Townsend

FORWARD THINKER

A furniture designer makes sustainability her mission

Growing up just above the beach on St. John
in the U.S. Virgin Islands, BOA found herself
infatuated with the clean lines of the Caribbean
horizon. Simple as they were, she would paint
them over and over again. The island itself is a
nature conservatory dedicated to national park
land, which too fed her artistic sensibility. " I
grew up with this awareness of having a space
that's reserved for honoring nature and living in
harmony with it instead of constantly developing
it, " she says.
Though she studied graphic arts at the School
of the Art Institute of Chicago, BOA's career began
as a fashion model before she sustained a back
injury that left her out of work for a year. She got
a job in furniture retail, eventually working her
way up to a buying position at a San Francisco
showroom. When her bosses wanted to redo
the space, BOA pitched a few ideas that they
loved, including a few custom casegoods. When
customers started to take notice, it encouraged her
to set off on her own.
Now based in New Orleans, she launched
OI Studio in 2001, imbuing her furniture and
accessories lines with a Japanese- and Italianinspired aesthetic. However, trips to Bali and
Brazil in 2003, where she saw the damaging
effects of deforestation firsthand, reshaped her
ethos to focus on eco-friendly design, choosing to
use non-toxic materials (think wood, metal, and
water-based lacquers) from the U.S., down to the
packaging for shipping her wares. Manufacturers
initially pushed back, but " I had to do something, "
she says. " It's rewarding to see where [the
industry] is now from when I started. "
Last year, as a member of the Black Artists +
Designers Guild, BOA helped design the virtual
Obsidian House in Oakland, California, conceiving
a mezzanine terrace powered by the sun. She is
currently working on Drop, her first collection in
12 years, which features seating, tables, a daybed,
and a double mirror. Because of the economic
effects of the pandemic, she's building the pieces
as commissions come in. " This industry is difficult
if you don't have money, and many of us people
of color don't have access to funding, " BOA says.
" There needs to be more equity and visibility. You
need to have all the voices at the table. " hd
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Hospitality Design - April 2021

contents
from the editor
behind the design
sketchbook
trends: purposeful design
trends: cabins
trends: big ideas
interview: lindsay kaplan + avroko
interview: ryan miller
interview: lionel ohayon
profile: boa
art
sustainable
textiles
seating
unplug + recharge
off-the-grid hideaway: casa na terra
experiential dispensary: alchemy
family-focused clubhouse: pokopoko
culturally conscious retreat: the tiing tejakula villas
respectful restoration: raas chhatrasagar
immersive spa resort: terme di saturnia
urban oasis: io beauty gallery
sustainable hotel: paradero todos santos
holistic wellbeing: practice in the city
self (hair) care: goodbody
modern maternal: health oula
ad index
back sapce: sachin rastogi
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - Intro
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - Cover1
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - Cover2
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 1
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 2
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - contents
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - from the editor
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 5
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - behind the design
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Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 10
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - sketchbook
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Hospitality Design - April 2021 - trends: purposeful design
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Hospitality Design - April 2021 - trends: cabins
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Hospitality Design - April 2021 - trends: big ideas
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Hospitality Design - April 2021 - interview: lindsay kaplan + avroko
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Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 40
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - interview: ryan miller
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 42
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 43
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 44
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - interview: lionel ohayon
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 46
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - profile: boa
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - art
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 49
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 50
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - sustainable
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 52
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - textiles
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 54
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 55
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 56
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 57
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 58
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - seating
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 60
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 61
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 62
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - unplug + recharge
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - off-the-grid hideaway: casa na terra
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 65
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 66
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 67
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - experiential dispensary: alchemy
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 69
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 70
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 71
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - family-focused clubhouse: pokopoko
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 73
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - culturally conscious retreat: the tiing tejakula villas
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 75
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - respectful restoration: raas chhatrasagar
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 77
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - immersive spa resort: terme di saturnia
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 79
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - urban oasis: io beauty gallery
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - 81
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - sustainable hotel: paradero todos santos
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - holistic wellbeing: practice in the city
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - self (hair) care: goodbody
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - modern maternal: health oula
Hospitality Design - April 2021 - ad index
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Hospitality Design - April 2021 - back sapce: sachin rastogi
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