Thursday, November 26, 2009

The Extraordinary Ordinary - Public Seating...

A throne in Salwa...

They're everywhere, yet, most of the time one hardly notices them. They come in all shapes and sizes, colours and conditions. They can be found in residential neighbourhoods as well as in various commercial areas and retail settings. And almost all of them seem to be examples of recycled and readopted seating from somewhere else. These chairs, benches and sofas have been given a second chance, a second life, to fulfil their intended purpose, each moved to, and marking a locale (usually a shady spot by a gate or entrance or a position with a clear sight-line over a particular area) where such a lingering conveniences are needed. Often missing an arm-rest of perhaps a section of their back, these seats, nevertheless, being devoid of the more 'cosmetic' roles performed by newer and more manicured chairs, achieve their objectives perhaps even better than some of their more recently purchased counterparts...

Above and below - public seating in Bneid Al-Gar...


A 'tree-chair' in SAM Street in Salmiya...

A chair with a splinted leg in Salmiya...

Above and below - Lounging in Bneid Al-Gar...


Siamese Sofas...

Strike a pose - skewed stripes...

Multiple choice chair(s)...

Group lounge (a flock/ school of sofas)...

Bench amongst columns...

2 comments:

ghadah alkandari said...

i LOVE these! last year this time i was collecting abandoned chairs. actually one of the chairs in my entrance is unwanted. well, it's wanted now. tonight, as i was waiting for my son to leave his friend's, i saw another abandoned three-king throne (really, it's the only way i can describe it!). the things we miss when we're driving around.

Thomas said...

There's a treasure trove of goodies out there... It's a furnishing pick-and-mix paradise for the frugal, more avant-garde, decorator... If it doesn't smell like urine or puke, go for it I say..!