Published at Sunday, February 10th, 2019 - 15:53:23 PM. Beanbag. By Laurie Flowers.
The beanbag‘s level of popularity wasn‘t done any favours when a number of kids were hurt and even choked to death following crawling into the beanbag and breathing in the beans in the bag. In 1995, the CPSC (Consumer Product Safety Commission) in America recalled some 12,000,000 beanbags and demanded all chairs sold in the marketplace after that date to have childproof zip fasteners. A beanbag rebirth started in the latter part of 1990‘s thanks to manufacturers who started employing improved manufacturing techniques such as double stitching and better material along with aesthetic improvements which assisted in making beanbags more durable and appealing.
It‘s not until 1969 that the beanbag as we understand it emerged into existence. Italian stylistes Gatti, Paolini, and Teodora were doing work for the Zanotta Company and were striving to develop the ideal type of easy chair to market to 1960‘s hipsters and hippies. The easy chair would have to be trendy, useful, and in-tune with the 60‘s life-style. With the brief understood they began designing this seat and what they ultimately delivered has been referred to as Sacco or the Socco as it became known overseas. It was the Sacco which was the first contemporary bean bag - a pear shaped leather-based bag filled with thermocole pellets that have been latterly substituted for shredded polyurethane foam beads or expanded polystyrene or PVC pellets.
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