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Papasan Chair

Today I found the Papsan Chair featured in the VIDEO below. The pic above I found on Pinterest…. I adore the idea of hanging one of these on the front porch!!  Every time we have a PAPASAN CHAIR it sweeps me right back to 1988 when I got one for Christmas.  I logged a lot of hours in that chair.

Today PAPASAN CHAIRS are perfect for the modern day TRAILBLAZER dreaming of far off lands and having a sip of tea.  All of this got me wondering about the history of the Papasan Chair. Here’s some scoop, along with decorating ideas for the beloved papasan…

Papasan Chair

The papasan chair was introduced to the western world in the 1950′s previously having been the preserve of the far eastern nations such as Indonesia, Thailand and Japan. Its sturdy construction of rattan cane which grows naturally and in abundance in those tropical climates, is formed into 2 parts; a round bowl or dish shaped seat and a truncated cone shaped base to support it. These two adjustable elements enables the chair to be positioned at any angle of choice thus ensuring maximum comfort. Papasan frames can also be made of bamboo cane, wicker or wood, indeed any material that can be formed into the two parts. Over the years the papasan chair has gone by many a name including bowl chair, moon chair, bucket chair, roundabout chair, jackanory chair and even just big round chair however they all refer to the bowl shaped construction of the rattan chair that is the papasan chair.

Papasan Chair

The papasan chair is topped by a thick luxurious circular or moon cushion filled with cotton fluff or similar. Cushions are available in an incredible number of fabrics and designs, its indeed this variety that led to its huge popularity in the 1970′s due to the funky and stylish cushions that let it to be accepted in student bedsits and modernist homes alike.

Papasan Chair

Its this same chic that has made the papasan a current favourite with designers trying to capture the current 70′s retro style that is proving popular once again. The papasan chair is a true design classic being at home in any surrounding and being so versatile, through the interchangeability of its cushion, meaning that it it will never go out of fashion.
{Info via The Papasan Chair Company.  Images via Pinterest.}

Our new PAPASAN CHAIR is available at Cactus Creek’s Weston MO Flagship Store for $68.

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