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Greece, sun, Monobloc
by Dimitrios Tsatsas | 6/4/2011

You can find them on fishing boats and ferries, on quays, sidewalks and in gardens. For decades the Monobloc chair has been such an integral part of rural Greece that we cannot imagine these areas without it. Salesmen travel through the villages in their trucks, "Chairs! Chairs!" booming from the loudspeakers. There are stacks of Monoblocs several meters high in their loading space. As cheap outdoor seating, they sell like hotcakes. That said, the plastic chairs are no real match for the Mediterranean sun: The plastic quickly becomes brittle, legs break off, the back cracks. Yet as most households are well kitted out with plenty of Monoblocs, there is always another one. What for some is a cause for sadness is for others good news: The future of the Monobloc in Greece is uncertain. Indeed, woven chairs are becoming increasingly popular.

Island Porros, 2010, all photos: Dimitrios Tsatsas
Island Porros, 2010, all photos: Dimitrios Tsatsas
Port basin of Lefkada, 2006
Syvota, 2009
Island Lefkada, 2009
Island Lefkada, 2009
Island Kefalonia, 2008
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Island Lefkada, 2009
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Island Lefkada, 2009