S for Strandkorb (Beach chair)

Wicker beach chairs, an essential feature of the German coast, awaken nostalgic memories of the 19th century. Perfect for all weathers, they offer protection from sun, wind and rain, and are ideal for a private tête-à-tête. At the G8 summit in Heiligendamm, Chancellor Angela Merkel shared a beach chair with the likes of Messrs Sarkozy and Putin.