By Laurie Flowers. Beanbag. Published at Monday, February 18th, 2019 - 14:21:53 PM.
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.
It is generally considered that the bean bag was in fact created by Roger Dean, a 20 year old employee at a London small business - Hille Furniture - a business that was formed by a Russian emigrant in the east end of London around 1906. Roger Dean who worked along with Hille, is known as by some being the daddy of the bean bag. While his design and style for the Sea Urchin easy chair makes it possible for it to mould to the form of the body being beared, the development was of polyurethane foam sections and so quite different to the much more fluid design of the polystyrene beads inside a more contemporary bean bag. It was the Sea Urchin design which introduced him to Hille, and led to the commission to help design the interior of the newly-expanded Ronnie Scott‘s Jazz Music Club, in London.
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.
Recently I bought a new beanbag, it is absolutely divine and I love it. It is a huge beanbag, it fits 2 people comfortably and it is a beige beanbag. So I got my lovely new beanbag home and took it out of the packaging and there is the outer beige cover and then an inner liner, a white zip up bag that you put the beans it. How hard can this be I thought! So first up you need to find out how many beans you need to fill your bag. Most good beanbag companies will give you a guide as to how many beans you need. You can buy beans in many different places and in different size bags.
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