Published at Wednesday, September 12th, 2018 - 02:24:24 AM. Beanbag. By Laurie Flowers.
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.
Beanbag chairs create a relaxed environment because of the way you sit in them. They‘re comfy and usually soft, and are not the kind of furniture that makes you sit upright at attention. Thus, these chairs are usually not used for the workplace, but for at home and in other informal settings. Contrary to their name, most chairs are not in fact filled with dried beans, but with materials such as styrofoam, PVC or polystyrene beads made from recycled soda bottles and other plastics. Since the filling can be made from re-used materials, beanbag chairs can be an environmentally friendly choice in furniture. If you ever get a hole in your beanbag chair or the beads get crushed from heavy use, most retailers sell replacement filler that you can use to refill your chair.
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