The Sacco (or Socco)

The bean bag chair that we are familiar with today first came about in the late 1960’s. Italian designers Gatti, Paolini, and Teodora were working for Zanotta Design in Italy and were trying to create the right type of chair to market to the flower power generation. They needed a chair that was stylish, practical, and fit with the ’60s lifestyle. The designers came up with the Sacco or the Socco as it became known overseas.

The original Sacco’s were pear shaped leather bean bag chairs. They were filled with thermocol pellets and eventually those were replaced with shredded polyurethane foam, urethane foam, polystyrene beads, Styrofoam or PVC pellets. This new bean bag chair became extremely popular because the Sacco (bean bag chair) was the first chair to adjust to the person sitting in it.

The bean bag chairs of the 1970’s were very similar to the design of the Sacco. The primary difference was that the Sacco used pure Styrofoam pellets, was made of high-quality leather, and had a headrest area.

The Sacco became an instant hit and was one of the most popular icons of the 1970’s. Because the Sacco placed the sitter close to the floor and conformed to a variety of lounging positions, it met the casual social lifestyle of the times.

The ’70s Bean Bag Chairs

The 1970’s are when bean bag chairs made their way into department stores around the world, making them available to the masses. The bean bag chairs of that time were pretty much like the more high-quality bean bag chairs of today…that is, made of durable leather and filled with thick Styrofoam pellets.

Consumers liked that the chair molded to each individual users body shape. Professional decorators liked the lightweight, portable nature of bean bag chairs. Therapists observed that the bean bag chairs helped children with sensory-integration problems. In addition, doctors liked how the bean bag chairs molded to the persons body when sat in, and so they recommended bean bag chairs for patients who were recovering from back surgery.

The ’90s Bean Bag Chairs

During the ’90s, the bean bag chair went from being cheap furniture to something very casual that would meet a wide variety of needs. Bean bag chairs of different shapes and sizes made their way into the marketplace and bean bag furniture such as bean bag sofas, recliners, and more were developed. Also during the ’90s, bean bag chairs became more childproof. A number of children were injured and even suffocated to death after crawling inside the older style of bean bag chairs and inhaled the pellets.

Today’s Bean Bag Chairs

The bean bag chairs that can be found today are usually made of washable fabric covers that don’t tear as easily as the leather ones and biodegradable Styrofoam pellets. In addition, some companies use urethane filler rather than Styrofoam since urethane can provide much more support and can be more reliable than Styrofoam.

All Lazy Sack bean bag chairs are filled with Premium Polyurethane foam. This foam has been shredded into pieces about the size of popcorn. Polyurethane is the same type of foam used in couches and seat cushions. It is extremely comfortable, especially when it has been shredded and put into a Microfiber Suede cover. All Lazy Sack Chair foam has been made in the USA, so it is much fluffier than foreign-manufactured foam—which is used frequently among other companies.

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