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.
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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