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“The monobloc chair does not discriminate much in terms of design or cost,” adds Quevedo. “Its design and form blend well in any interior or exterior setting. It is not fussy. The chair serves many functions as well. It can be used for varied activities— for dining, seminars, religious services, birthday parties, weddings, etc.—and is generally comfortable for different body types. Furthermore, because it is made of plastic, it can be washed and dried easily. It is also stackable and therefore easy to store. Even people from lower socio-economic classes buy it because of the value they get for its price.”
Arguably the reigning universal chair of this age, the monobloc can be likened to another Filipino staple: rice. “Rice is a staple item of everyday life just like the monobloc chair is an everyday object,” Quevado explains. “Even if some Filipinos no longer eat rice, they need to serve it to other family members or guests. In the same manner, there will always be a situation where the monobloc chair is used or needed.” This is where things get interesting. With food parks, bazaars, and festivals popping up across the metro, people have begun to get creative in their use and treatment of monobloc chairs— and some results are surprisingly impressive.
The monobloc chair is so ubiquitous that it can be both tasteful and rugged at the same time, depending on the setting. The popular Chocolate Kiss Café offers monobloc seating instead of other elegant chairs, making it a nostalgic and noteworthy element inside the restaurant. The all-black plastic chair is made more comfortable with the use of seat cushions best suited for relaxed conversations over coffee.