Beyond Borders Imports is a global furniture company that ships internationally to the United States, Australia, Europe… yet it started with small town roots in the Southern US State of Louisiana.
Our journey began in the US in 2008 when we ventured overseas to stock our retail furniture store with beautiful, globally-inspired furniture. It wasn’t long before we realized our passion for the manufacturing business…that we liked designing and making our own furniture, taking classic designs and reinventing them. It was then that Beyond Borders Imports was born. We soon discovered that BBI was not just for us, but for people everywhere. To expand our factory, to grow our product line, to evolve our designs was a natural progression of this small family business into an international company.
From bayou to Bali, we have the best of both worlds. We have the influence of the southern coastal town where our warehouse resides … added to the beautiful inspiration of the Indonesian culture and their artisanal skills as furniture makers.
We are enamored with this journey and where it will take us.
“Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” – Helen Keller
But most of all we are committed to our community and the relationships that are at the core of our ecosystem. We are connecting daily with those around the world who encourage, inspire and motivate us to be better, and to share our passion and creativity. Our furniture is rich with history and the telling of stories. It is those narratives that drive us to connect with the human spirit everywhere.
This is our quest: to reinvent the way people experience their homes and workplaces…by providing unique products, inspiration, and passion for design. Thanks for making this journey with us.
“There is no excuse for doing anything that is not strikingly beautiful.” – William Morris
Preserving…the fabulous craft of handmade furniture. “One piece at a time” is our mantra.
Revering…the time honored heritage of the past. We honor the traditional methods of the skilled artisans we employ.
Sustaining…the materials of the earth. Local materials are best, and we seek out those that are plentiful and ever-renewing.
Exploring…textures, shapes, lines, and materials. We enjoy the visual journey of creating furniture that elevates a space.
Unearthing…the unexpected. Taking an inspired twist or turn off the beaten path is our goal.
Evolving…with a purpose. Taking “classics” and re-inventing with a global perspective. But never losing sight of function and purpose.
Sharlene Boyle’s role in the company is to continually research the market, to determine the trends in furniture development, and to design new furniture lines to fill the needs. Her interests are in further developing the line of accessories to include not only Indian and Indonesian items, but also more products from the Philippines, Turkey, Morocco, Mexico and Guatemala. With her dramatic flair and sense of style, Sharlene is always interested in adding new exotic “statement pieces” to the furniture line-up. She is also insistent about incorporating contemporary styles to the furniture lines that are already in place in the Beyond Borders catalog.
Additionally, she is interested in taking the company to a new level of “green” as eco-conscious designs and practices are put in place during the coming years. A goal of the company is to work on becoming a member of the Sustainable Furniture Council and to work toward healthier and safer practices in our Indonesian and Indian factories.
Rebekah lives in Indonesia and oversees all operations of the factory and international sales. With her no-nonsense approach to business and her sharp analytical mind, she has been instrumental in developing the business to the point of steady, consistent growth. Financial matters and bookkeeping come easy to her, yet she has been consistently passionate about all other aspects of the business as well.
Rebekah has fervently worked to develop the catalog and website to the point where it functions well for customers and clients. As new products are continually being added, the catalog is ever-evolving and that gives Rebekah something to work on until midnight each night.
As overseer of the international factories, Rebekah works at the factory on development of new designs as well as quality control. She also travels to other villages to develop accessory lines as well. Constantly coming up with new ideas and new products and new this and new that sometimes causes her to collapse in international airports! She's been hospitalized twice in India, and has an interesting story about a traffic accident in Java involving a horse and carriage and a beychok.
With 2 toddlers in tote, and a crazy work schedule, Rebekah still makes time for family, friends, yoga, and her newest passion...surfing! We aren't really sure how she fits it all in.
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