The white plastic chair is a perfectly no-frills icon of the nostalgic Spanish lifestyle. Its low price, durability and simple design has made it the most popular chair in the world, costing as little as €3, and lasting 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 buildings, and when they’re not there, they will often leave the white plastic chair outside for later:
There’s a permanent white plastic chair outside of no-frills bar El Treból, where Miss Beige – a no-frills woman after my own heart – decided to sit:
Spotted one Sunday: a white plastic chair outside an old book shop in El Rastro:
Here’s an elderly woman carrying her white plastic chair through the street to join her friends sitting by the roadside, just a block away:
A glimpse into the past, where we can see a predecessor of the white plastic chair:
The white plastic chair hasn’t gone amiss in Don Justo’s beloved self-built cathedral:
And even the most prestigious events in Spain bring out the white plastic chair. From political rallies to open-air concerts, the white plastic chair is simply unrivalled.
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