For new ways to sit, try beanbag chairs
By Mary Bryson – The Des Moines Register (Des Moines, Iowa) Jan 17, 1971
You’ll sit down and be comfortable at home if one imaginative young designer who presented his products at the recent International Home Furnishings Market in Chicago has anything to say about it.
Aaron Donner, the man who brought the beanbag chair to America, says chairs are now being designed for new ways of sitting.
“Time was when a young lady sat primly upright with her feet planted firmly on the floor. No longer. Now she sprawls, lounges, curls up and sits with her feet stretched out. So does her brother and her father and her mother and her aunts,” he explains.
Donner feels it’s time for all chairs to be designed for this type of sitting in low and loungy comfort.
The designer, who saw the original beanbag in Italy a couple of years ago, asked a factory in Richmond, Virginia, to make up a chair resembling the ashtrays filled with BB gun pellets had been on the market for years.
Instead of BB pellets, he used expandable polystyrene pellets that were softer and lighter.
The chair is not only extremely comfortable, it’s light and easy to drag around, and since it was introduced a year and a half ago by Craft Associates, it’s been a success.
Several other companies have added bean bag designs to their lines.
Though many of the interior designers of the model rooms for the market displays combined traditional and modern furniture, Donner feels the more extreme modern, such as the beanbag and many of the foam and plastic items, belong in strictly contemporary settings.
“They don’t combine well with traditional, which is by its nature more formal and less relaxed. However, they’re fine with Scandinavian styles, and they’re a good foil for steel and glass,” he says.
Donner himself lives smack in the middle of Manhattan in an old remodeled Federal period house built in 1823. However, he’s furnished it with modern designs, because he feels they go with his informal way of life.
A student of industrial design, Donner once designed traditional furniture for Lane Co., but has been with Craft Associates for 12 years.
There’s a surprising variety to the simple design of his beanbags. One is big enough to be a chaise lounge, and there are two sizes of chairs.
Vintage Farrah Fawcett pinup vintage bean bags (1978)
Bobby Sherman & Wes Stern on shiny red beanbags in Getting Together (1971)
Vintage pop culture product & TV show beanbags
Favorite friends – Printed character bean bags for kids
Detailed silk-screened prints of cartoon personalities
Pluto (Disney), Batman, Donald Duck, Raggedy Ann
Sears Catalog print and Red Bandana print cotton bean bags
Bean bag (B) is a detailed reproduction of early Sears catalog pages, with black print on off-white background. Bean bag (C) is black and white design on red.
COVERS: 100% cotton duck treated with Scotchgard Brand Fabric Protector. Double-stitched seams and locked, double zippers provide extra strength. Bandana-print bag (C) has an attached carrying handle. Each 34.95.
Budweiser and Patchwork print vinyl Bags
Budweiser print in red, white and blue. Patchwork-look bag is a multicolor print.
COVERS: Expanded, fabric-supported vinyl. Double-stitched seams and locked, double zippers for extra strength.
ORDERING INFORMATION: Because of State Laws, “Budweiser” bean bag is not for sale in Virginia
Fake Fur style, acrylic pile Bag. Choose from 4 solid colors.
COVER: Acrylic pile on rubberized cotton back. Double-stitched seams and locked, double zippers provide extra strength.
Junior size denim & NFL bean bags for kids
Even at this low price, a bean bag that wipes clean with a damp cloth because it has an easy-care supported vinyl cover
Fake fur bean bags
These vintage bean bags offered a cover with thick acrylic pile on a cotton-bonded back
Even adults loved bean bags in the ’70s
Bean bag chairs
Filled with pillowy-soft polystyrene beads that shift when you do to give cradle-like comfort
Splashdown-style vinyl Bag. Choose from 11 wet-look, solid colors.
DIMENSIONS: Every bag has a big, 112-inch circumference
FILL: Each bag is filled with thousands of 100% expanded polystyrene beads that adjust to your position for comfort,
COVERS: Expanded, fabric-supported vinyl. Double-stitched seams and locked, double zippers provide extra strength.
COLORS, ORDERING INFORMATION: State color number 21—purple, 20—pink, 944—Ebony, 875—Jungle Grass bright, 27—white, 9—avocado, 19—pumpkin, 501—Lemon Yellow bright, 6—caramel, 640—Fiesta Red brilliant. Shipping weight 20 pounds – Each $29.95
Vinyl-covered bean bags in 3 sizes
Large bean bags with 112-inch circumference
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Donut-style beanbag swivel & non-swivel chairs on bases
Our bean bag chairs have supportive bases that let you sit down and get up with greater ease.
These chairs also come with easy-care fabric-supported vinyl covers in choice of four bright colors – they also come in choice of swivel or non-swivel base.
Monopad. “Wet look” fabric-supported vinyl covered bean bags filled with hundreds of 100% polystyrene beads. Bags have 120-inch circumference, extra-strong double-stitched seams. Bags close with locked, double zippers.
Bean bag chairs on platforms
Bean bag rests on white, 33-inch diameter plastic saucer that is supported by a sturdy cellulose fiberboard base. 22-inch diameter base is covered in expanded-and-supported plastic .. matches bean bag. About 16 inches from floor. (Bag lifts out of base to be used alone.)
Big vintage beanbag chairs & matching hassocks
Wet-look vinyl covered bean bags from the ’70s
Lightweight on-the-go soft furniture collection
Shiny ribbed vinyl bean bags, corduroy-look vinyl bean bags, fun-look bean bags (acrylic pile)