Edmonton Sun

Jul 10, 2005

Ann Tancio


OLD FRIEND RETURNS Thoughts of bean bag chairs almost instantly make you think of the 60s and 70s era – a time filled with laid back rebellion and modern style furniture, where the bean bag chair made a perfect, yet comfy fit. But the beginnings of the bean bag chair can actually be traced back to the middle 1900’s when they consisted of merley fabric sewn into a large bag filled with Styrofoam pellets. Since that time, designers across the world have made famous the simple yet functional furniture staple and improved upon it to the point where it comes in all different shapes, sizes and colours. And that’s where Sumo comes in. A Toronto-based furniture company created in August 2004, Sumo is already creating a lot of buzz and getting noticed for their bean bag chairs, which have become popular for pushing the innovation envelope and offering a beanbag chair like none other. “We wanted to create a product that hugged you back,” says Andrew Milligan, founder of Sumo. “The Omni is furniture you can really curl up and sink into.” With an international debut at the 2005 Sundance Film Festival, Sumo is getting lots of attention. At Sundance, the Sumo Lounge featured an array of comfortable, colourful and stylish beanbags know as Omnis and Ottos. Since that time, Sumo has been featured in some of your favourite TC shows, magazines, newspapers and websites, such as HGTV, E-Talk Daily, Style at Home Magazine and the Globe and Mail. The Omni reminds you of an updated version of your childhood beanbag – comfort and securite, only a larger, updated version that you can really sink into. The Otto can be used as a comfy place to rest your feet or as a seat in front of the coffee table. For more information or to sink into a Sumo yourself visit Related Link: Edmonton Sun

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