While other cities around the world celebrate the stories told, the lives lived and the moments shared on benches, we hope to increase the number of benches in our city, so that someday, we too can tell the stories that have unfolded upon them.

Sometimes you don’t need a restaurant or coffee shop, you just need a bench.

And so we invite you, the community, to contribute and join in the conversation by sharing bench related photos, images stories and thoughts that inspire you!

Carpet Bench – Katrina Weber

While googling an artist I adore (Latifa Echakhch), I somehow was directed to a random carpet bench page …

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Is the internet trying to make some orientalist connection (she’s moroccan/french)?  I dont know but the bench is pretty darn cool. Here are a few choice carpet benches …

http://www.tuvie.com/wp-content/uploads/im-so-lazy-carpet-and-hide-chair-design.jpg

Paris – Zayan Ghandour and Rula Saleh

Buyers freezing on a bench in Paris!

While waiting for a taxi in the courtyard of a showroom in the Marais, we weren’t sure if the bench would handle the weight but we couldn’t resist taking a photo to capture the romantic look of the vintage bench with pots of flowers!

Thankfully, no bench or plants were hurt in the taking of this photo.

Canvas Daily

Maldives – Dina Valrani

My munchkin on a bench! We took these while on holiday in the Maldives.

Submitted by Dina Valrani

Submitted by Dina Valrani

Submitted by Dina Valrani

Submitted by Dina Valrani

Submitted by Dina Valrani

Submitted by Dina Valrani

Submitted by Dina Valrani

Dubai – Michelle Baker

Just chillin outside S*uce

Submitted by Michelle Baker

s*uce bench

We customized the s*uce bench by substituting some of the wood with neon plexi panels.

Fashion is what you make it.   Customize everything you wear and make it your own.

Then LOVE it without hesitation.

Bench designed by Zayan Ghandour for s*uce

Bench designed by Zayan Ghandour for s*uce

Bench designed by Zayan Ghandour for s*uce

You can sit on the s*uce bench at DIFC.

Art Week 2011 loves benches!

Harper’s Bazaar March 2011

Khalid Shafar bench

In my interpretation, I strived to achieve the equation of ‘3 equals 9’.  I wanted this 3-seater bench to share its moments with more than 3, with a simple move or flip.

This bench can welcome 9 people at a time and is multifunctional. You can lay down to read and take a nap if placed in a park or you can table dine if placed in a mall or  on the beach. A touch of Gold  was added to reflect Dubai ‘The City of Gold’ and to enhance the aesthetic look of the bench with a metallic finish and contemporary twist.

Bench designed by Khalid Shafar

Bench designed by Khalid Shafar

Bench designed by Khalid Shafar

Bench designed by Khalid Shafar

Bench designed by Khalid Shafar

You can sit on Khalid Shafar’s bench at Art Dubai.

Maria Dowlatshahi bench

My bench was inspired by the Peacock, which throughout history has been associated with so much symbolism: protection, guidance, integrity, and beauty to list just a few.

On the bench I have written, “Welcome back to my bench” which to me really is a means of welcoming myself back to myself,  by just sitting and  enjoying the moment.

Bench designed by Maria Dowlatshahi

Bench designed by Maria Dowlatshahi

You can sit on Maria Dowlatshahi’s bench in DIFC.




About the s*uce benches project

Every year s*uce launches an initiative that gets people thinking about the kind of love that transcends flowers, diamonds, chocolates and candy. (Though those are by all means very lovely and extremely important things).

A few years ago we thought about how Trees Need Love Too, and launched a green campaign (unleashing the tree huggers within), and last year we suggested 10 ways to Unlock Your heart.

This year, we urge you to Find a bench. Fall in love.

While other cities around the world celebrate the stories told, the lives lived and the moments shared on benches, we hope to eventually increase the number of benches in our city so that someday we too can tell the stories that have unfolded upon them.

Sometimes you don’t need a restaurant or coffee shop, you just need a bench.

And so we invite you, the community, to contribute and join in the conversation by sharing the photos, images stories and thoughts that inspire you!

Please email all your bench moments, thoughts, photos, designs and/or stories to benches@sauceloves.com and we will upload them.

We want to hear all your thoughts.  This initiative is as big as you make it!

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