If the abundance of combat boots and the full lineup of ’90s shows now streaming on Hulu are any indication, we have an affinity for trends of the past. And while some of those trends should stay there, others are making a welcome comeback. One such trend? Ultra-plush beanbag chairs, which emerged on the design scene in the late 1960s when Italy’s Zanotta Design commissioned Cesare Paolini, Piero Gatti, and Franco Teodoro to design the first beanbag chair. It was an instant success, spreading across Europe, Asia, and North America like wildfire.
Over the ensuing decades, the beanbags’ popularity has ebbed and flowed. That said, such iconic collector’s items, including the famed Sacco chair, have emerged, bringing beanbags out of dorm rooms and into considerably more stylish spaces. With luxe materials and a more durable filling, beanbag chairs are even trendier now than they were in the 1990s. From an inky blue velvet classic beanbag chair to super-plush lounge chair–shaped alternatives, beanbag chairs are back.
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