History has it that the first beanbags originated as far back as ancient Egypt and China, when they were used for fun and games and tai chi. It wasn’t until the late ’60s, though, that the beanbag chair as we know it was designed for Italian brand Zanotta, hitting the right note for the Italian Modernism art movement of the moment and hippies the world over seeking a relaxed form of seating while not giving two hoots about cultural norms.
Cut from late 20th-century rumpus rooms to today, and the beanbag has evolved once again to become a versatile option for relaxed-yet-sophisticated seating. We consider Weave’s versions among our top contemporary contenders. Crafted from soft, durable, easy-to-clean fabric developed to handle sunlight, stains, mould, chlorine and anything else you might throw at it outdoors, their Lola Paraiso and Lola Kuata styles from the Mediterranean-inspired Soulful Alfresco collection effortlessly offer portable comfort to stand the test of time outside and in.
Designed in Aotearoa to respond to our conditions, Weave’s beanbags come in a single great shape but several different looks. This one (pictured on Weave’s outdoor/indoor Andorra rug, ethically handmade from 100% recycled polyester) is leaf-and-pomegranate design Lola Paraiso in Olive. There’s a cobalt-toned Ocean version of this hand-painted botanical print, while the Lola Kuata fabrics are all in adaptable block colours.