Hopper, Alea, Romeo & Juliet \ Cult

• September 29, 2012

Transform your backyard into a stylist retreat with Cult’s new pieces:

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Hopper, Courtesy Cult

Hopper – where beer culture meets design

Familiar yet innovative

The Hopper table, designed by Dirk Wynants, is a casebook example of the Extremis philosophy: gathering people around a piece of outdoor furniture which unites functionality and innovation. Hopper clearly bears resemblance to the traditional picnic tables everybody knows, but as is typical of Extremis… it offers extra comfort. The four ‘pass through’ zones make it easy to get in and out of the Hopper without having to lift your leg over the bench or disturbing your table-companions. Its slanted legs and tabletop edges are a clear reference to the hop poles that are so characteristic of the Westhoek region (where Dirk Wynants lives
and Extremis has its headquarters). If you turn around, you can use the tabletop as a comfortable backrest.

Simplicity is the best policy

The first prototype of Hopper goes back no less than almost ten years. Simplifying the original idea has taken quite some time.  Time Dirk Wynants also spent planting and growing his own hop garden. With his first harvest he brewed his very own beer and called it Tremist. There is nothing better than a local beer full of character to symbolize the link between authenticity and innovation. Or to drink a toast to yet another great tool for togetherness…

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Alea, Courtesy Cult

Alea – ingenuity meets flowerpot

As everyone knows, large flowerpots often look great, but they are almost impossible to move. Putting them on a rolling plant caddy might be a practical solution, but it’s not really an aesthetic one. The obvious solution: Alea.

Alea consists of a frame on wheels hidden by a polyester flowerpot cover. To move the filled flowerpot, just lift the flowerpot cover 20 cm and turn it 45°. Now that the wheels are released, you can easily move the unit. To put it back at its original spot, just carry out the same operations in reverse.

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Romeo & Juliet, Courtesy Cult

Romeo & Juliet – romance in the city

What would you do when three young architects came up with an idea that charmed you straightaway? Help them to commercialise it of course! In 2004 Stijn Goethals, Koen Baeyens, and Basile Graux entered Romeo & Juliet for a street furniture design competition organised by the city of Kortrijk (Belgium). Their concept not only offers passersby 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 square strips of wood. Two round holes in the seat create room for large flowerpots containing a small tree. Just as Romeo and Juliet, the trees are destined to be together without being able to ever touch each other. The bench seems to float between the trees.

When several benches are put in line, the distance between the trees remains identical, creating architectural harmony. They are also perfectly suited to private gardens or patios.

An added bonus is the 10 cm space between the flowerpot and the flowerpot cover, 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.

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