For many years the design of furniture obeyed straight lines, neat, structured, and somewhat rigid, going according to the way of thinking and behaving, before this and thanks to the change of mentality that emerged in the decades of the 60s and 70s, there was also an essential renewal in the furniture, which had a strong exponent in the Italian movement of Anti-Design.
This movement, which took place between 1965 and 1976, was characterized by a broader phenomenon called “anti-culture,” which also included other artistic activities that used new materials and emerged as a reaction against geometric forms. Anti-Design worked with new materials and filling techniques, a revolution in structures and languages.
In an era characterized by hippie culture, apartment sharing, and student demonstrations, Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini, and Franco Teodoro created a non-rigid sit launching an attack against bourgeois good taste; it was a transparent non-rigid PVC container filled with white polystyrene popcorn (they were looking for transparency similar to that of “Blow,” an armchair developed for Zanotta the previous year by designers De Pas, D’Urbino, Lomazzi, and Scolari). However, the shell was still not strong enough, despite measures taken such as reinforcing it with synthetic fabric or sewing several segments together. It was only then that the designers consented to use opaque materials, such as canvas, synthetic leather, and fur.
One of the exciting innovations of this armchair was the use of polystyrene spheres. Still, they would be used as filling material, giving a contemporary style to its structure, replacing old fillings.
This unorthodox piece of furniture is especially popular with young people and is an expression of revolution, relaxed living. The simplicity of construction has led numerous commercial imitators to plagiarize this piece with some success.
Their soft interior molds itself to the body shape of whoever sits in them; therefore, they’re incredibly comfortable for sitting, sleeping, gaming. You can sit in a bean bag in every way, and the bean bag will change shape to support your spine. One of the most significant advantages of bean bags is that they’re so affordable compared to other furniture types.
The manufacturing qualities of bean bag chairs for game rooms connect it with the proliferation of social discourses that in the last decades have put at the center of the body and its care and the search for well-being, pleasure, harmony.
The best bean bag chairs are not without style. They fit into a warm room without any problem. And even it may look a little sloppy when you sit on it; comfort makes up for it. You can sit there and play for hours without feeling any back pain or tension.
Because the bean bag has no fixed shape and its loose padding allows it to assume almost any form, it molds to the body’s contours, which is why you now see more and more bean bag chairs for game rooms. Besides, it can be used as a stool, an armchair, or a chaise longue; it is lightweight and therefore highly versatile.