The bench Romeo & Juliet doesn’t only offer comfortable sitting, but also brings air of nature with it: There are two planting pots included, small trees can be planted in them for example. According to the name of the bench, both plants are unified, but cannot really be together.
Romeo & Juliet was presented by Stijn Goethals, Koen Baeyens and Basile Graux in the year 2004, when the city Kortrijk opened a competition for street-furniture. The bench is produced by the Belgian company Extremis today. Romeo & Juliet isn’t only a place to sit a while for pedestrians, but it simultaneously spreads green air in an often urban or industrial surrounding.
The bench Romeo & Juliet by Extremis consists of long wooden bars with two round holes. A planting pot has been integrated in every hole, to plant small trees. As well as Romeo and Juliet, the trees are destined to stay together without really being it. So to say, the bench floats between both trees.
The design of the bench and the included plants offer an especially attractive appearance. Of course it was also thought of the well-being of the plants: The pot’s construction consists of an interior and exterior cube. The room between the cubes (the exterior one is fixed at the bench) is about 10 cm thick. This room serves as water-saver and does furthermore offer enough “breathing room” to the plants, so that they live careless.
Naturally Romeo & Juliet by extremis are also exceptionally adapted to projects: Several benches behind each other ensure that the trees stay in the same distance from each other. This ensures a holistic architectural image that spreads quietness. But also in private areas, Romeo & Juliet fulfill their duty.
The materials that Extremis uses to manufacture Romeo & Juliet are Iroko-hardwood with FSC-seal, galvanized and with it stainless steel for the housing and polyester for the plant pots.