Dubai Design Week
How to Be at Rest
Researched and collected over 2 years, artist Christopher Benton presents his personal archive of chairs made by working class immigrants in industrial areas like Mina Zayed and Khor Fakkan. Purchased from businesses like tailors and upholstery shops, each chair embodies the essence of jugaad—an Indian term which means “frugal innovation.” It’s everyday people using ordinary materials to make extraordinary things.
These Frankensteinian objects combine surprising materials and offer a provocative message about sustainability, design, and the context in which each one was found.
Images Courtesy of Jameel Arts Centre