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Acapulco: the Mexican armchair 100% frenchy

Nicolas Millet

With new models and colors, Boqa, the specialist armchair Acapulco, now declines, between seaside vintage and contemporary design, a range of chairs plastic ring 100% made in France.

It was in Toluca, not far from Mexico City, that Julien Adam and Nicolas Garet met in 2008. Young expatriates, they work for the same company. They become friends, spend their weekends scouring the seaside resorts of the Caribbean coast and remake the world between two margaritas. Then Julien decides to return to France. A lover of Mexican colors and craftsmanship, accustomed to juggling containers, he is looking for a beautiful Mexican object, an iconic know-how to bring back with him. The armchair Acapulco, born in the 1950s in the seaside resort of the same name and present on all Mexican terraces, is all the more easily made that it sells multicolored reissues on every corner. With a manufacturer in Mexico City, Julien develops a slightly less elongated Acapulco for a more comfortable seat, and has a new base, removable and stackable. He adds a few vintage variations - sofas and 2 and 3 seater sofas, Huatulco armchair (round seat) or Zipolite table - and it's a whole container that he ships to Bordeaux in 2012. The success is immediate.

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Boqa works with French workshops. Pradère realizes the structures painted in black by TSM and the PVC rush comes from the Jura in 14 colors (Acapulco and Huatulco armchairs in black).

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Julien does not know it yet, but the traveling exhibition Cajas en tránsito has just introduced Mexican furniture to European capitals and, from Madrid to Copenhagen, the Acapulco armchair is popular. Boqa's order books are full, Julien pursues his adventure with his Mexican partner (who also supplied OK Design and Sentou), but quickly decides to make French for more reliability and responsiveness. In the Jura, he finds the specialist in electrical sheaths which concocts a PVC rod very resistant to shape memory, treated anti-UV, in 14 colors. Epoxy steel structures are manufactured and thermolacquered near Bordeaux, in two workshops (Pradère and TSM) who know their job. Finally, last year, Nicolas, the duo's engineer, joins Julien to help him on all fronts, from braiding to marketing.

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Julien Adam and Nicolas Garet, the duo behind Boqa.

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Now, the models are braided in 48 hours. A speed appreciated in the event and the development of spaces. At the Cannes Film Festival, at Roland Garros or for the launch of Vanity Fair, Boqa is here. When a decorator or an architect demands atypical shelves or a plastic stair railing, Boqa is there. And when an antique dealer or an individual wants to retype sharp vintage armchairs, like the model of Guariche, Motte and Mortier that appears in the movie Mon uncle, Boqa is still there. Next step ? Develop new models between outdoor and indoor, solo or with young designers. Like Emily Gunning, who imagined the Pix lamp. The braided ring allows ultra-graphic and muy calientes shadow and light plays. Even away from the Mexico sunshine! Boqa, 5, Fades Road, 33133 Galgon, tel. 05 40 54 21 70, boqa.fr

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Ultra-solid and anti-UV treated, the plastic ring is in and out.

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Julien Adam and Nicolas Garet in full braiding.

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