A masterpiece of design, when the Zanotta Sacco beanbag chair debuted in 1968 it embodied the new freedom that characterized design trends in the ’60s and ’70s.
Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini and Franco Teodoro were a trio of young designers who arrived at Zanotta with the revolutionary new idea of building furniture by deconstructing its form. Utterly simple and completely unstructured, the Sacco Beanbag was made from sections of PVC vinyl that were partially filled with tiny polystyrene spheres then stitched together.
The Sacco was an instant success thanks, in part, to its appearance in movies and TV shows (maybe you even remember Paolo Villaggio falling from it dramatically and tumbling onto the floor in his famous role as Giandomenico Fracchia). While some people complained that the Sacco was a bit too soft and therefore uncomfortable, most people loved letting themselves sink into the folds of the beanbag.
Decades have passed and now, after more than 40 years, not only does the Sacco remains a popular seating solution that you can find in homes around the globe, but it is also represents the birth of a new category of home furniture: the beanbag. The beanbag chair is perfect for watching TV in the living room and, if you’re a kid, great for building forts. It’s become such a staple of modern homes that people don’t even tink about where it came from, that’s why we’re letting you know that behind every beanbag chair there’s a vintage Italian story!