The Sacco by Zanotta, (the bean-bag) a multi-award-winning and one of the most copied design pieces of the world, has turned 50 and so needed to regenerate a bit. Created in 1968 from an idea of three architects from Turin, Piero Gatti, Cesare Paolini and Franco Teodoro, Sacco marked a radical break with the concept of chair, armchair and sofa.
A ‘bag’ in the very sense of the word, it was made of a plastic coating filled with polystyrene balls. Thanks to the absence of any structure, it flattens out and stretches under the weight of the body, thus becoming a generational manifesto.
A bit because you can sit there only if you are young and athletic, but also for the idea of having a single element encompassing three, and had (and still has) a very affordable price.
Sacco achieved a worldwide success; from Fantozzi’s movies to pop culture, the ‘Bean Bag‘ – so called in English language – spread throughout the world a new way of sitting.
But times change, and our times have changed a lot. The plastic, the revolutionary material which was so exciting for the the baby boomers, today is presenting a huge bill, and it is necessary to think of alternative materials. So Zanotta decided to think of a new ‘green’ version of Sacco.
The new Sacco Goes Green
Sacco Goes Green is filled with BioFoam microspheres by Synbra, a bioplastic (PLA) made from sugar cane and similar to the EPS (high strength expanded polystyrene) of the first version in terms of structure, properties, and technical performance. Unlike EPS, BioFoam pellets are of vegetable origin.
The internal and external coverings come in ECONYL, a regenerated nylon thread made from recycled fishing nets, scraps of fabric and industrial plastic. For the Sacco Goes Green collection, Zanotta collaborated with Pierre Charpin, who designed a decoration for the external covering inspired by the concept of mesh. The dense interweaving of coloured lines is available in three different colours, and the mesh pattern can follow the Sacco’s movements without any distortion.
The Sacco Goes Green collection is a limited edition, in three series of 100 pieces each, which stand out for the patterns.