Bean bag chairs have been part of our lives for over 50 years now, and for that we have three Italian design gurus called Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini, and Franco Teodoro to thank.
They wanted to create an ergonomic chair that would mould and adapt to fit any individual’s need (sound familiar?), but at the time nothing had been achieved before.
They considered inner materials such as water, feathers and even leaves to try and gain the desired product, but nothing seemed to match. Even marbles were considered for the inner packaging - although thankfully they didn’t make the final cut. Can you imagine how uncomfortable that would have been?!
Gatti, Paolini and Teodoro then stumbled upon foam polystyrene (which at the time and even still to this day had been instrumental in lining homes for insulation and sound-proofing), discovered its ability to enhance comfort and attain that adaptable shape that their chair desired, and the bean bag was born.
Since then, millions of people have found a love of bean bag chairs, and while there have definitely been improvements made to the original design over the years - 1996 saw requirements passed to ensure product safety - without these three men the world would have been bean bag chair-free for a little while longer.