March 31st, 2010
One little boy’s passion for the beautiful game has extended to the seating arrangements in his bedroom.
Ben Gale, a nine-year-old from Cheshire, is just mad for football and plays for Wrexham, the Daily Telegraph reports. Not only is his room full of medals and photographs from matches, but – the publication reveals – he has also a specialist bean bag that shows off his love for the game. “His room is in football colours with a football bean bag and rug,” the news provider notes.
However, there are plenty of other pursuits for Ben and the rest of his family to try their hand at. The Gales’ six-bedroom home contains a number of games consoles, one-arm bandits, a billiards table, stable and gym.
And this is not the first time that sports and bean bags have gone hand-in-hand.
In a recent GoldCoast.com.au article, it was revealed that the Komune resort in Australia – a hotel dedicated to surfing and beach culture – features a number of “new-age” bean bags, which are lined around the outdoor swimming pool.
March 26th, 2010
Parents and kids have come together to play games, read and relax on bean bag chairs.
As part of the Family Game and Character Night at Waterloo Elementary School, mums and dads joined their children to take part in quizzes and games such as charades and Scrabble, the Howard County Times reports.
Organised by the school’s parent teacher association, the event was aimed at improving pupils’ vocabulary and encouraging family members to spend time with one another. And it appears bean bag chairs had their part to play in this, as six-year-old Danielle Gilbert was shown to have sat upon such seating to read.
Meanwhile, teachers read a number of stories to children, as parent Anna Khan claimed that the event “brings the community together”.
However, this is not the first time that bean bags and learning have come together. Downtown Express reported the Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library opened earlier this month which, in addition to containing books, CDs and DVDs, also features a number of bean bag chairs.
March 25th, 2010
Kids can chill out on bean bag chairs while their parents take in bands at some of Britain’s biggest festivals.
At this year’s The Big Chill and Latitude events Boutique Babysitting will run a children’s club allowing music-loving mums and dads somewhere safe to drop off their kids as they enjoy the show, reports Reuters.
“Like every parent that’s ever taken their child to a festival, we know exactly what it is like: you love having your kids there but even the most dedicated parent needs a break sometimes,” co-founder Lisa Merrick-Lawless states.
Consisting of bean bags, blankets, cushions and soft rubber flooring, the centre gives young festivalgoers the chance to play musical instruments.
But this is not the only opportunity kids will have to cosy up on bean bags. As part of the Finchampstead Baptist Church’s forthcoming FBC Centre, the Wokingham Times reveals an upstairs youth loft contains a number of bean bag chairs and plasma screens.
March 24th, 2010
The chance to sit on office bean bag chairs is just one of the perks that staff at PEER1 can enjoy.
Hampshire Business reports that the new Southampton office of the internet hosting firm incorporates a number of bean bags for workers to relax on.
In addition, the development – located at the former offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers in The Quay in Ocean Village – has its own brand of espresso coffee and games consoles for staff to play on.
There may also be the chance to relax on bean bags with an ice cold lager, as there are several company beer fridges.
“It’s cracking to have our own place. My aim is to make us the coolest tech company on the south coast. When people walk in our front door, I want them to want to work here,” managing director Dominic Monkhouse comments.
But PEER1 is not the only workplace to incorporate bean bags. In a recent Guardian article, Jonathan Glancey revealed such seating is a common trend in “funky” workplaces, after assessing some of the key design trends documented in I Wish I Worked There! A Look Inside the Most Creative Spaces in Business.
March 23rd, 2010
Although one entertainment writer had a choice of three viewing locations in which to watch a film, he ultimately opted to view the movie while sitting on a bean bag chair in a library.
Writing for t5m.com, James Howells reveals that as part of the Jameson Cult Film Club event at the Royal Institution of Great Britain, sci-fi flick Moon was screened across three different areas in the building.
These included the lecture theatre and at the “vintage picture frame” in the bar. And while he took in some of the Duncan Jones-directed film in these parts of the venue, Mr Howells chose to watch its conclusion sat on a silver bean bag in “the extensive and somewhat eccentric library”.
“Watching great sci-fi in an ancient library stacked floor to ceiling with antique texts of learned science and discovery is quite the treat for any genre fan,” he states.
But this is not the first time that bean bags and movies have come together. The Sunderland Echo recently reported that FILMCLUB used the seating – in addition to specialist audio and visual equipment and snacks – to transform Broadway Junior School into an after-school cinema.
March 22nd, 2010
A church centre in Berkshire will give kids the chance to relax on bean bag chairs and play computer games.
With work on the Finchampstead Baptist Church’s (FBC) facility nearing completion, the Wokingham Times reports that the multimillion pound development – known as the FBC Centre – will not just be a place of worship but also include a youth centre and cafe.
The upstairs youth loft contains bean bags, plasma screens and computer games, while there is also a dance floor and space to put on shows.
However, whether kids are concentrating on putting on a production or just chilling out on bean bags, footage of young people will be shown in the cafe so parents can keep an eye on them while they relax with a coffee.
Although the centre is not due to be officially unveiled until April 24th, some parts of the building are already being used.
“Everybody who has seen it is really excited and looking forward to when it opens,” Deacon Jim Gallagher claims.
But this is not the only community facility to feature bean bags. The Syracuse New Times reported that the Shoppingtown Mall’s The Spot centre gives somewhere for kids to hang out, where they are able to watch films, sit on bean bags and do their homework.
March 19th, 2010
A recently-opened library in New York is giving kids the chance to cosy up on a bean bag as they read.
The Battery Park City branch of the New York Public Library was launched earlier this week and as well as containing books, DVDs and CDs, the $6.7 million (£4.4 million) facility also includes bean bags.
“We’re very excited,” Elizabeth Yuan, who lives near the library, tells the Downtown Express.
And the publication notes that within minutes of the library opening, she and her daughter Madeleine were sitting on some orange bean bag chairs in the building’s children’s section reading a copy of No David.
Meanwhile, Percy Corcoran, who checked out the first book, told the news provider that the area has “been waiting for 12 years” for a library.
But with the wait finally over, Ms Corcoran and others in the region may now have plenty of opportunity to pore over books while sitting on a bean bag.
However, bean bag chairs do not just have to be a feature of libraries.
Jonathan Glancey recently noted in the Guardian that some of the offices featured in the I Wish I Worked There! A Look Inside the Most Creative Spaces in Business book by Kirsty Groves and Will Knight feature bean bags and table-football machines.
March 18th, 2010
Kids looking for something to do over the Easter break will have the chance to cosy up on a bean bag chair and take in some storytelling.In early April, the Margret and HA Rey Center at the Waterville Valley Resort in New Hampshire will host a Curious George Story Time and Craft event just for children.
And there could no better place for kids to hear the favourite stories than at the centre – which is named after the authors of the Curious George series of books – Hans Augusto and Margret Rey.
“Pull up a bean bag chair to hear your favourite Rey stories read out loud,” organisers claim. After the children have heard their fill of stories while sitting on bean bags, they will be able to produce some seasonal crafts which they can take home.
However, this is not the first time that books and bean bags have gone hand-in-hand.
SeaCoastOnline.com recently reported that reading group A Girl’s Point of View Book Club meets once a month, giving girls the chance to sit on bean bag chairs to discuss literature.
March 17th, 2010
A little boy who went missing appears to have found solace in bean bag chairs.
Eli Petzold was at a church-run playgroup in the US city of Madison when staff noticed that he had disappeared, WKOW 27 reports.
This set into action a police hunt, with officers out on patrol to look for the three-year-old and message boards containing Eli’s name and description posted in the area.
And while an initial search of the church proved unsuccessful, Eli was eventually found as officers carried out a more in-depth investigation. During the time he went AWOL, Eli appeared to seek comfort in some comfy seating as he was found sleeping on a bean bag chair inside the church.
“It was a great relief to find the child,” Captain Jay Lengfeld of the Madison Police Department claimed.
But this is not the first time that those in distress have turned to bean bags for comfort.
Earlier this month, Harvard student Timothy Kim claimed that after finding himself trapped in a library late at night he would have been prepared to spend the night on the “comfy bean bag chairs” located on the building’s fourth floor. Luckily, he was able to contact the university’s security team who released him from his plight.
March 16th, 2010
Office jockeys looking to improve their workplace may want to follow the advice of one publication by introducing some bean bag chairs.
Writing in the Guardian, Jonathan Glancey reveals some of the key office design trends as documented in the I Wish I Worked There! A Look Inside the Most Creative Spaces in Business book by Kirsty Groves and Will Knight.
As the publication offers an insight into the offices of companies such as Google, Sony, Innocent Drinks and Virgin, the use of bean bag chairs in such “funky” workplaces appears to be a common thread.
In addition to bean bags, he notes that other “essential ingredients” for a lively and creative office include table-football machines, video screens and “walls painted the colours of a packet of Refreshers”.
“Hip, hop and happening interior design is held up as the way to go if your brand wants to ignite the creativity of its staff,” he claims.
But bean bags can not just be a key feature of offices, as the Press-Enterprise reported that a new library at the Cottonwood School in Hemel features such seating “for readers to settle into”.