Der Strandkorb (literally beach basket) is a chair designed to provide comfort and protection from sun, wind, and sand on German beaches. They’re used on the North Sea and Baltic Sea coast and can be rented. The Strandkorb is said to have been invented in 1882 by basketmaker Wilhelm Bartelmann in Rostock, Mecklenburg-Vorpommern on request of a tourist from Warnemünde. In 1883, they were first announced as rentals. The first models were single seaters and appeared quickly elsewhere on the German coast. Today’s models are mostly two seaters with tiltable tops, some allowing people to lie down completely. They have footrests and tables for food or drinks, storage space, rain proof covers, and sunshades. Thomas Mann refers to them in his 1901 novel Buddenbrooks, setting the context in the 1840s on the beach at Travemünde.