It all started with a famous beanbag designed in 1998 by Finnish designer Jukka Setälä. Although Fatboy started out as a small design lab that focused on just a few beanbags above all, the company offers much more than that nowadays. Outdoor carpeting, hammocks, poufs, tables, cabinets, lighting, you name it. Fatboy truly expanded to become one of the most easily recognizable brands in the world and this thanks to the little badge that ornates every single product they make. In fact, all Fatboy products come with a small, rectangular red badge that looks sharp and contextual to what's being sold. The original beanbag is still going strong while other products are added to the ever expanding collections every single year.
Fatboy is quite clearly a playful, silly design company, but don't let that fool you; quality is a non-issue with these products. Even though they are colorfoul and vibrant, the products are all built using strict guidelines and quality controls that assure the best furniture experience one could ask for. Fatboy products have a distinctive look to them that makes them instantly stand out in any room.
Bean bags these days may come from various brands and manufacturers, but only one company has the right to claim as the original bean bag – Fatboy. The company started in 2002, but its history goes back to 1988 when Finnish designer Jujja Setälä created a product that will be later known as the bean bag of the 21st century.
When Alex Bergman took over the design and marketing rights, Fatboy was born. The goal is to expand the Original Bean Bag collection, adding more to what Jujja Setälä has started.
To date, Fatboy not only produces bean bags but also a host of other variations that share the same design principles. They now provide products for young and old, and for indoor and outdoor use.
Fatboy Design and Production
Fatboy’s designer bean bag was made cosy, comfortable and full of fun. It is designed friendly in appearance and convenient to use. And even with more items added to the collection, every piece is maintained to have its own unique character, personality, and properties.
Expect the Fatboy collection to provide a wide range of experiences – cosy, robust, subtle and discreet, flowery, tough yet ergonomic, and comfortable inside, outside or both. It is also divided into Indoor and Outdoor Collections. The former is designed relaxing and playful, while the latter is relaxing and highly durable. The Fatboy Picnic Lounge and floor cushions, for example, easily transforms gardens and beaches into a comfortable outdoor area.
Fatboy has also added a lamp and hammock to its collection. The Fatboy Lamp is a stylish and functional lighting fixture in colourful and funny design, while the Fatboy Hammock is designed as an outdoor and travel product.
Every product in the Fatboy collection embodies the Dutch company’s philosophies – humour, openness, and a zest for life and creativity, which is simply known as the “Fatboy way of life”.