Strandkörbe: Not just for the beach any more

The GACC South office recently acquired a traditional piece of German beach furniture known as a Strandkorb, thanks to one of our very generous member companies SEAMACS USA. The literal translation of the word is “beach basket” – and after looking at the furniture piece’s evolution over the years, the name choice becomes an obvious one.

The Strandkorb allegedly first came to be in Rostock in 1882 thanks to inventor and German basket weaver Wilhelm Bartelmann. After a local woman requested he make a chair that would protect her from the strong sun and wind on the beach, Bartelmann created the single-seat, covered, wicker chairs you see below. They became beach essentials in the 1900s, and were found all along the northern coast of Germany throughout the 20th century.

Inventor Wilhelm Bartelmann's family posing with some of his first Strandkorb designs in the late 1800s.

Bartelmann never patented his idea, however, and over the years the Strandkorb has seen the addition of bigger seats, sun and rain shades, and adjustable backs and footrests, similar to the decked-out chair that currently resides in the front of our office. Today, Strandkörbe are manufactured by a number of companies worldwide and are commonly available to rent along the beaches of the North and Baltic Seas… and now the GACC South Atlanta office. Our lunch breaks are feeling a little more like spring breaks these days (almost).

Members of our Consulting Department Jimi Smoke and Anika Buchholz enjoying our new Strandkorb donated to the office by SEAMACS USA.

More history on the traditional Strandkorb can be found here.


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