A strandkorb (German: literally beach basket; Danish: strandkurv; English sometimes beach chair) is a special chair designed to provide comfort and protection from sun, wind, rain, and sand on beaches frequented by tourists.
Strandkorbs are predominantly used on the coasts of North Sea and Baltic Sea, as well as other coasts with strong winds. During the summer months, they can usually be rented from strandkorb keepers. Two different shapes can be distinguished, the straight angular North Sea variety and the round rolling Baltic Sea variety.
The strandkorb is said to have been invented in 1882 by German basketmaker Wilhelm Bartelmann in Rostock on request of a tourist from Warnemünde. In 1883, he announced the first rental service in a local newspaper. The first models were single seaters and appeared quickly on other parts of the German coast. Today's models are mostly two seaters with tiltable tops, some allowing people to lie down completely. They are equipped with armrests and footrests, storage space below the seats, rain proof covers and sunshades.
When the 2007 G8 summit in Heiligendamm met in June 2007, the Marketing Department of the State of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern provided a special beach chair manufactured specifically for the leaders of the eight participating states and the President of the European Commission to use for a final photo. These photographs taken on June 8, 2007 have gained some international notoriety. The beach chair is a good two meters high and almost six meters long, was the traditional Korb GmbH with its production. All employees of the company were involved in the production of the chair, which lasted three weeks. It needed two kilometres of interlace, a cubic meters of timber and 35 square blue and white cloth. The sun awning was printed with the respective country flags. After completing the event the beach chair was transported to different locations over some months as an item of interest for tourists and locals. Among other things, it was in Berlin before the Chancellor's Office, at the Brandenburg Gate, and the day of German unity on October 3, 2007 in Schwerin. In November 2007 he came in favor of the action ein Herz für Kinder to the auction and was the founder of the Deutsche Vermögensberatung AG (DVAG), for the price of one by Reinfried Pohl, Million euro purchased. Since 2008 he is used for further fundraising.
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