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The white plastic chair

22 June 2016
A woman carrying her white plastic chair to the beach in Nazaré

The white plastic chair has become an icon of the nostalgic Mediterranean lifestyle that we all, let’s be honest, spend our lives striving to achieve. No matter what we accomplish – a house, children, a career, a dishwasher – we all know we’d love to swap those assets for something more valuable.

The white plastic chair’s low price, durability and simple design has made it the most popular chair in the world. In Spain, a white plastic chair can be purchased for as little as €3 and can last a lifetime. It requires little to no cleaning, often being either left out in the rain, hosed down, or dipped in a swimming pool.

The most popular users of the white plastic chair are the elderly. Its light weight and comfort means that it can be easily picked up, brought outside and sat on for long periods of time. This is a favourite pass time of the Spanish as high-density living means lack of access to private outdoor space, which has also increased the incidence of guerrilla gardening in this city. If you walk around the suburbs of Madrid, you will find entire families sitting on white plastic chairs outside their apartment building.

On C/Ribera de Curtidores: Outdoor family life supported by the white plastic chair.

On C/Ribera de Curtidores: Outdoor family life supported by the white plastic chair

Two white plastic chairs on a street in the Latin neighbourhood of Alicante

Two white plastic chairs on a street in the Latin neighbourhood of Alicante

A White Plastic Chair in the Malvarrosa District of Valencia

A white plastic chair in the Malvarrosa district of Valencia

A woman carrying her white plastic chair to the beach in Nazaré

A woman carrying her white plastic chair to the beach in Nazaré

A little perspective: The white plastic chair next to it's older generation, the brown wooden chair (Nazaré)

The white plastic chair next to its older generation, the brown wooden chair (Nazaré)

The white plastic chair on the beautiful tiled streets of Almería old town

The white plastic chair on the beautiful tiled streets of Almería old town

The white plastic chair spotted in El Rastro, Madrid

The white plastic chair spotted in El Rastro, Madrid

The white plastic chair is more popular than ever and has come to symbolise the no-frills spirit of the Mediterranean.

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