Step Back In Time And Learn The History Of The Bean Bag Chair

When you use something every single day, it’s sometimes easy to forget that like us humans, products actually have pretty interesting backstories too.

The bean bag chair was a concept created just over 50 years ago by three Italian creatives, Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini, and Franco Teodoro, who wanted to create a chair that could adapt itself to all kinds of situations. 

After playing around with different materials to try and create a ‘mould-able’ chair (water, leaves and even marbles were considered), their prayers were answered after stumbling upon foam polystyrene - which was more commonly used for sound-proofing homes - and alas the bean bag chair was born.

The three designers partnered up with Zanotta, who turned their concept into a reality and department store Macy’s jumped in and immediately bought tons of the prototypes to sell.

The following year the design made its grand debut at Paris Furniture Fair in January 1969, placing the Sacco (which we know better as the bean bag chair) firmly in home decor history.

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