Papasan chair

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A Papasan chair with a "wide-bottom" orientation

A Papasan chair (also called a bowl chair) is a large rounded bowl-shaped chair with an adjustable angle similar to that of a futon. The bowl rests in an upright frame traditionally made of rattan, but also sometimes made of sturdy wicker or wood. "It is not clear when the papasan chair was actually invented because apparently, natives in the Philippines and Japan have [sic] been using it for centuries before American soldiers discovered them during World War II. These soldiers were so impressed with the quality, comfort and appearance of the chairs that they brought some home with them after the war ended." [1]

The cushion of the chair is typically thick velveteen material filled with cotton fluff. In traditional papasans, the cushion can be removed and used outside of the sturdy frame, although it is hand-wash only.

The Mamasan chair is a double-seating version, and was introduced to the western world in the 1950s. Prior to that it was in use in far eastern Asia, particularly in Indonesia, Thailand and Japan.

The "Papasan chair" is typically 35-60 inches wide and 35 inches deep.