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!

Harper’s Bazaar loves benches too!

We were ecstatic when Harper’s Bazaar decided to do a bench inspired shoot for their Valentine’s issue!

Can you spot the s*uce bench in each shot?

(Our fav is the one in the pond)

Dubai – Zayan Ghandour

My girls found this bench in Dubai.  They had so much fun on it!

Submitted by Zayan Ghandour

Turkey – Hilal Onat

I did not realize how many different “bench” experiences I had during my summer holiday in Alachatı, Cesme in Turkey till I decided to write my bench story.

Alachati is a small town famous for its wind surfing near Cesme. I can not find the right words to describe the town. It is surrounded by old stone buildings. Each house is unique with its outlook. Streets are full of cheerful people. All of them look very smart and refreshed with their beautifully tanned skin. One evening, after having a day busy with the wind in the sea, we were looking for a place to have that delicious Turkish coffee with mastic to wake up and get ready for the night. The nights are always “very young” in Alacatı.

While walking in the old streets of Alacati I fell in love with this colourful bench in front of a restaurant. As it was too early to eat, we kept on walking, but I wanted to sit on those benches soon.

Submitted by Hilal Onat

 

 Then we found the right place to drink our coffee. Sitting on these benches, we enjoyed the smell of the evening; coffee with mastic, people with different perfumes and the smell of sea coming with the summer breeze…. was sooooo relaxing.

Submitted by Hilal Onat

Maria was calling us for her delicious “mezes” accompanied by delicious cold “raki”…so our feet took us there, to Maria’s Garden. How time passed on the benches there was unforgettable. Under the bougainvillea trees the chat with  friends lasted till the first lights of the morning. Alacati never sleeps. otherwise benches cry.

 

Submitted by Hilal Onat

What about the natural benches near the sea side, under a palm tree to protect you from the sun? Together you sit around the palm tree and share your feelings with the sound of waves. Getting the smell of the sea deep in your lungs, you feel the great thankfulness for God.

Here are my 4 benches in one day; asking you to find them, sit and fall in love…

 

Submitted by Hilal Onat



Copacabana – Isabella Magalhaes

My favorite bench is in Copacabana, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. It is no only one, but all of them, spread along the famous beach walk. Sitting on these benches one can watch the very unique Copacabana life pass by. Tourists and “cariocas”, young and old, all sort of people and events take place on this walk. And its unique fluid floor tiling is never mistaken – the pattern of Copacabana’s wave and body movements. How inspiring! In one special bench at the Copacaban walk, there is the sculpture of the Brazilian poet Carlos Drumond de Andrade by Leo Santana. It celebrates his centenary in 2003. It’s written “No mar estava escrita uma cidade” (A city was written in the sea). And life was written in a bench.

Submitted by Isabella Magalhaes

Submitted by Isabella Magalhaes

London – Liliana Garcia

My favourite spot in London: Parliament Hill @ Hampstead Heath.

Knowing that, my boyfriend proposed to me on a crispy morning of February 2009 sitting on this bench. A year later we married and moved to Dubai.  We went back to London for a weekend and we took this picture which we printed on a big canvas and its hanging on the wall in front of our bed in Dubai!  It reminds us everyday of where this journey started, and the crispy feeling of a sunny February day in London.  We have been married two very happy years.

Submitted by Liliana Garcia

Mathilde’s favourite bench photo

Submitted by Mathilde Ahmed Sarrot

Dubai – Jane Aldersley

This is my suggestion for a place in Dubai that would love some benches.

In the Greens there are lovely winding paths and landscaped areas, stretching from the Choithrams supermarket through past the apartment buildings beside the canal. In the grassy area just across the bridge from the Choithrams, lots of residents tend to congregate in the evenings – especially I have noticed, Mums & nannies with babies and toddlers – and lots of other people as well.

There are some large rocks that have people perching uncomfortably on them – seems to be the perfect spot for some benches!

New Zealand – Jane Aldersley

Auckland, like Dubai, has a lot of coastline and beaches.  These public spaces contain many, many benches – occupied by people resting, chatting, or deep in contemplation as they gaze into space or out to sea.

I am a landscape designer and I love to see the landscape used this way – as a space to relax, connect with nature, and breathe the fresh air – when you watch people sitting there, you can almost feel the serenity washing over them. This makes the landscape a healing place, instead of a hostile one.

There are public spaces in Dubai, both beaches & park areas, that would benefit enormously from benches,but I feel a crucial aspect is SHADE. Most of the benches from Auckland benefit from the presence of a big shady tree. Benches are wonderful things, but benches + shade are wonderful things that would get used a whole lot more :)

Submitted by Jane Aldersley

Submitted by Jane Aldersley

Submitted by Jane Aldersley

Submitted by Jane Aldersley

Submitted by Jane Aldersley

Many benches in NZ  are donated by members of the public, often as a memorial to a loved one, and they usually have a plaque bearing an inscription. This particular bench sits in the shade of a native pohutukawa tree, facing out to a beautiful quiet part of the Auckland harbour, and the inscription (accompanied by the sweet knitted love heart) reads “In memory of Peggy Jones – who so enjoyed the view from here – donated by her family”.

It’s wonderful to have these little reminders that we are not the first person to stand or sit on a particular spot, enjoying the beauty around us, and that we will not be the last…we are only temporary guardians of the landscape – and hopefully that makes us feel a responsibility towards it.

Submitted by Jane Aldersley

Submitted by Jane Aldersley

The Greens, Dubai. Submitted by Jane Aldersley

Submitted by Jane Aldrersley

The Greens, Dubai. Submitted by Jane Aldersley.

Bench quote – Eiko Fujita-Summers

‘Love is what makes two people sit in the midde of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends’  Anonymous.

(Submitted by Eiko Fujita-Summers)

Boston – Hachem Ghandour

Submited by Hachem Ghandour

Submited by Hachem Ghandour

Submited by Hachem Ghandour




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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