This design by Stijn Goethals, Koen Baeyens and Basile Graux has a definite bonus: it does not only offer passers-by a comfortable place to sit and relax, it also adds a touch of green to an often colourless urban or industrial setting.
The bench is made of long, rectangular strips of wood. Two round holes in the seat create room for large flowerpots, about to contain a small tree or a plant upon choice. Just like Romeo and Juliet, the trees are destined to be together without ever being able to touch. The bench seems to float between the trees. Obviously, Romeo & Juliet lends itself perfectly to the contract market: when several benches are put in line, the distance between the trees remains identical, creating architectural harmony. They are of course perfectly suited to private gardens or patios as well.
An added bonus is the 10 cm space between the inner flowerpot and the outer flowerpot to which the bench is attached. It serves as a water reservoir, but also offers the tree roots plenty of ‘breathing space’ to prevent them from rotting.
L 3200mm x W 740mm x H 480mm
Jatoba wood, glass fibre reinforced polyester and galvanised steel.