Published at Friday, November 16th, 2018 - 05:11:00 AM. Bean Bag Chairs. By Ludovic Joguet.
A bean bag chair is a large frameless chair that resembles a bean bag. It is made of a large fabric bag filled with polystyrene beads or tiny Styrofoam balls and it molds readily to the contours of the user's body. The first bean bag chairs came about in the 1970's. Rumor has it that the first version of this chair was discovered by accident. When a Styrofoam factory placed their leftover pieces from the production line in a large bag, the manufacturers thought of using it to create a new piece of furniture and called it the Sacco. Throughout the 1970's, the chairs became available in department stores. They were made of durable leather and were filled with thick Styrofoam pellets. In the 1990's, manufacturers of bean bag chairs started making them in different forms, shapes, and sizes such as recliners and sofas. They also became more child-friendly with childproof durable zippers. Today, most of these chairs are typically made with washable covers and are filled with shredded foam to make it more durable.
Noted Italian designers developed the first bean bag chairs in the 1960's. Their creation was called the 'Sacco', and was at the time described as an ɺnatomical armchair'. It became the first mass produced bean bag furniture. Just like its counterpart these days, the Sacco was filled with polystyrene beads that make them lightweight and easy to mold to the shape of the body. While enhancements to its size and shape have occurred over time, in general the bean bag chair form remains true to the design of the Sacco from the 1960's. The original concept behind the bean bag chair was to create stylish mobile furniture, which is unlike conventional bulky furniture. Thus the bean bag chair is easily moved from room to room as well as from indoors to outdoors. The design of it is highly praised, as it adapts to many different body shapes. The original Sacco featured a headrest that got its shape from beans being pushed up into this area. In the more modern bean bags, the head area is not a separate component, rather now a part of the bean bag chair which is accentuated.
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