Bean bag chairs have a well-deserved reputation as comfortable, relaxing furniture.
An Italian company, Zanotta, is credited with the original bean bag chair, created by designers Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini and Franco Teodoro in 1968. Zanotta was founded in 1954 by industrial designer Aurelio Zanotta in Nova Milanese, a municipality 8 miles (13 kilometers) north of Milan, northwestern Italy. The company specializes in furniture and accessories with an emphasis on Made in Italy.
Il sacco (“bag”), pear- or teardrop-shaped and filled with polystyrene pellets, was the first mass produced bean bag chair. A distinctive feature, created when the chair is occupied, is a functional headrest, formed by the congregation of displaced pellets. Still produced as a quality product by Zanotta, il sacco is available in a range of colors and fabrics, including leather.
Thirty years later, in 1998, AHH! Products was founded in the Northern Virginia census-designated-place of Ashburn, also headquarters of East Division-National Football Conference (NFC) team, the Washington Redskins.
AHH! Products is a specialty furniture company, with an exclusive focus on bean bag chairs for 15 years.