bench planter design

This bench (aptly named Romeo & Juliet, though supposedly for the trees) is not only designed around romantic encounters, its construction seems to virtually force people to sit closer together to keep it from tipping over.

bench and wooden green planter

Though it looks simple enough and certainly adds a nice touch of green, the subtle placement of two potted plants by designers Vyvey creates an obvious seating space in between them – gently pressuring people to sit closer to one another. Only its creators know for sure whether this was an innocent accident of design or a calculated and clever work of social engineering tied up in a basic-looking bench-and-planter design.