The Romeo & Juliet bench doesn’t only offer comfortable sitting, but also brings a breath of nature with it: there are two planting pots included, in which small trees can be planted, for example. As per the bench’s name, both plants are combined though they cannot really be together.
Romeo & Juliet was introduced by Stijn Goethals, Koen Baeyens and Basile Graux in 2004 when the city of Kortrijk, Belgium opened a competition for street furniture. The bench is produced by the Belgian company Extremis today. Romeo & Juliet isn’t only a place for passers-by to sit for a while, as it simultaneously spreads natural air in an often urban or industrial surrounding.
The Romeo & Juliet bench by Extremis consists of long wooden bars with two round holes. A planting pot has been integrated into every hole to plant small trees. Just like Romeo and Juliet, the trees are destined to stay beside each other without really being together. The bench floats between both trees, so to say.
The design of the bench and the included plants offer an especially attractive appearance. Of course the wellbeing of the plants was also considered: the pot’s construction consists of an interior and exterior pot. The space between both pots (with the bench being attached to the exterior one) is about 10 cm underneath. This space serves as a waterholder and furthermore gives enough ‘breathing space’ to the plants so that they do not fade away.
Naturally Romeo & Juliet by Extremis is also well suited to projects: placing several benches behind each other ensures that the trees stay the same distance from each other. This makes a holistic architectural image that radiates calmness. But Romeo & Juliet also meets demands in private areas.
The materials that Extremis uses to manufacture Romeo & Juliet are Jatoba hardwood with FSC certification, galvanised and thus rust-free steel for the frame and polyester for the plant pots.