When we think about countries and their beaches, we often have stereotypes in our minds:
Think about the British seaside, and pebbly beaches, grey skies and amusement arcades spring to mind. Reminisce about American coasts, and Boardwalk Empire, hot dog stands and roller skates dominate our imagination. Australian beaches are often associated with surfers, sharks and shrimps on a barbie. And German beaches? Despite bordering two seas (the North Sea and the Baltic Sea), no distinctive image seems to be connected with the Teutonian seaside. However, if you’ve been to one of the German beaches, you will have noticed the blue striped wicker beach baskets dotted all over the coast. The “Strandkorb” (literally Beach basket) can house two people. They were invented in Rostock in 1882 to protect against the wind, sand and sun. It features trays and expandable leg rests to make the beach day a comfortably engineered experience.
You can imagine how surprised I was to spot the familiar looking, blue striped beach chair in Australia, 20,000 miles from home! They fitted elegantly into the stunning setting of the Dune Restaurant and kiosk at Sydney’s Palm Beach. Perhaps the owner of the restaurant was inspired during a vacation at a German or Danish seaside to import a beach chair to the Australian shores?!
Checks love stripes! I’m wearing a blue gingham / vichy dress from Gant, sunglasses from Ray Ban and earrings by Les Nereides.
There are two varieties of beach chairs: The North Sea beach chair is more angular, featuring straight edges to reflect the stormy North Sea. The softer and rounder Baltic Sea chair is seen here in Sydney at Dunes.