The bean bag has been around since the late 1960s, and became one of the stables of the earlier hippie revolution, as a sort of rejection of standard rigid and non-conforming surroundings. In the bean bag was more than just dried beans or styrofoam. Inside bean bags was a pull for comfort and for self expression. It is a signature piece for the idea of being informal and comfortable, and has been since its inception.
In 1969 the first ever bean bag was created by a company titled Zanotta. They were initially made of leather and filled with styrofoam beans. That company, in fact, is still in production of the bags today.
In the 1970s the bean bags made it into the mainstream and to the masses. Children and adults alike enjoyed the comforting bean bag chairs that could be carried as easily as sat in. While the original bags were pear-shaped, the evolution of the bag made them bigger and rounder. The 70s western versions of the bean bad were also of higher quality materials, and were loved by many. They came in many varying patterns and styles, and placated to the individual's interest.
While the bean bag faded throughout the 1980s, the 90s saw a resurgence of the beanbags, as more and more college students used them to be while attending pricy Universities.
Today, the bean bag is still seen throughout much of the western world. They are still enjoyed by many of the same demographics, including college students, children, and those with a more laid-back sensibility. The materials are often higher quality and some even have biodegradable material on the inside, as well as washable outer layers.
The bean bag chair will always be a staple of the 70s culture, it doesn't not exclude the furniture from being just as useful and enjoyable today as ever before. And with the quality of today's materials, one can surely predict their bean bag will last them longer than any found from decades prior.