History of the 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.

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.

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.