People constantly define themselves by that which surrounds them: the people they meet; the places they see; and the lessons they've learned.
Alone, the bench is designed to fit into a corner to form a bracket of space for an individual to define himself or herself in. Together, the benches define the relationship between two people by the way the users arrange the benches in relation to each other. Instead of existing as a single word, they begin to form a sentence instead.
Hard maple and cherry.