Filmforum, Germany 2021, 90 Min., OV, ger. st

We all know it and have probably even sat in one: the monobloc chair. It is the best-selling piece of furniture of all time, and there are said to be about a billion of them spread across the world. In Germany, the chair is usually white and can be found in allotment gardens and in front of snack bars. Its design is simple, but the uses and appreciation it gets in different cultures are diverse. Director Hauke Wendler follows the trail of the monobloc around the world: from Europe to North America, from the favelas of Brazil to the megacities of India, and the savannah in Uganda. We meet people whose lives have been shaped by this plastic chair. For some, it is an attack on good taste and an environmental threat; for others, it is the embodiment of affordable seating. The result is a globalisation-critical history of a ubiquitous object deeply rooted in the interface between capitalism and participation, functionality and beauty, consumption and recycling.

Director Hauke Wendler

Screenplay Hauke Wendler

Producer Carsten Rau, Hauke Wendler

Production Company PIER 53 FilmproduktionCarsten Rau und Hauke Wendler GbR, Clemens-Schultz-Str. 50, 20359 Hamburg, Mail:, Web:

Distributor Salzgeber & Co. Medien GmbH, Prinzessinenstr. 29, 10969 Berlin, Mail:, Web:


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