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!

Mobius-Studio bench

We chose the Koufi script to reflect the universal yet arabesque environment that is Dubai. We digitally formed  a 3-dimensional Koufi script that reads “أهلاً وسهلاً   تفضل”, meaning: welcome please come in.

Then we used the print out of the digital file to cut out the words and use the sheet for stenciling the words onto the bench using spray paint.

The final outcome is a bench that adheres to the local Arabic yet international grid based script.

Bench designed by Mobius-Studio

Bench designed by Mobius-Studio

Bench designed by Mobius-Studio

You can sit on the Mobius-Studio bench at Art Dubai.

Fathima Mohiuddin bench

I’ve covered this bench

In the marks I use to make things mine

It’s a sort of shadow, in negative.

Bench designed by Fathima Mohiuddin

Bench designed by Fathima Mohiuddin

You can sit on Fathima Mohiuddin’s bench just outside Ayyam Gallery in Al Serkal Avenue.

Mohammed Hindash bench

I’ve been really into tropical sunset colours lately so that was my starting point.  I also like stripes because of their simplicity, and the fact that they can look both modern and retro.

The black ties everything together, I love it.  It makes the colors appear more vibrant and gives it a sharp sleek edge.

Bench designed by Mohammed Hindash

Bench designed by Mohammed Hindash

Bench designed by Mohammed Hindash

You can sit on Mohammed Hindash’s bench in Al Bastakiya as part of the Sikka Art Fair.

Nadine Kanso bench

The photo on the bench was taken in 2006 while shooting Zayan at her house for my first body of work in photography, later shown at the V&A as part of a group show called ARABIZE ME.  It is a reference to many points  in the start of a successful journey: the first solo show at B21 gallery, the birth of Bil Arabi brand, the connection with Zayan who is not only a friend but a great supporter of designers in the Arab world and beyond.

We had sat down and chatted over a cup of arabic coffee (shown on the right of the bench), which is why I added words in Arabic like: Tell me , Talk to me underneath.

People should always sit down, talk and share stories, ideas and may be a kiss!

Bench designed by Nadine Kanso

You can sit on Nadine Kanso’s bench at DIFC.

Hind Mezaina bench

The Dubai Bench.

Take a break from your busy life, have a seat and enjoy the world pass by.

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The Dubai Bench by Hind Mezaina

You can sit on Hind Mezaina’s bench at Art Dubai.

Xische bench

We decided to involve the crowd in this effort to raise awareness for benches as, in the end, the benches are for the crowds.

Hence, the crowd-sourcing initiative.

The various colours of paint we used were to represent the many voices that joined in, and to highlight that the bench belongs to the people. This way, the people belong to the bench too, forever immortalised on its surface. Awareness of the campaign spread like wild fire in the few days that it was live which was great for all involved.

Crowd-sourced bench design by Xische

Crowd-sourced bench design by Xische

You can sit on the Xische bench at Art Dubai.

Zayan Ghandour bench

Parks are my favorite outing with my daughters. This bench is as close as it gets to sitting on the grass surrounded by beautiful flowers!

Bench designed by Zayan Ghandour

Bench designed by Zayan Ghandour

Bench designed by Zayan Ghandour

Bench designed by Zayan Ghandour

You can sit on Zayan’s bench at Art Dubai.

Reema Al Banna bench

I wanted to take “Find a bench. Fall in love” to the next level, so I chopped off a few cms off one side and made it slanted in order to make people naturally get close when sitting on it.

I also added a hand rest with a gramophone, playing Indian love songs.

Love is in the air :)

Bench designed by Reema Al Banna

You can sit (or slide!) on Reema Al Banna’s bench just outside Green Art Gallery in Al Serkal Avenue.

Sugar Vintage bench

We used real lace fabric, and spray painted  to create a stencil effect.  We worked with nudes, fluorescent pink and rose gold with appliqués and then we added crystals. Love the result. It’s so feminine and so Sugar Vintage …

Bench designed by Leila Al Marashi for SugarVintage

You can sit on the SugarVintage bench at Bastakiya as part of the Sikka Art Fair.

START bench

START is a non-profit organisation established by Art Dubai and the Al Madad Foundation, applying the universal language of art to heal and educate children in the poorest areas of the Middle East.

The START Bench was designed by students of the  ‘Tuesday Group’ workshops for children with special needs, which take place every week at the Jam Jar (www.thejamjardubai.com).

All the children worked together to paint the bench as bright and colourful as their imaginations.

You can sit on the START bench at Art Dubai.

For more information on START, please visit www.startworld.org.




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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