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Thought beanbags went bye-bye with your groovy '70s childhood? Nope -- like high school nerds, they just grew up and got hipper.

FLORAL When is a beanbag not a beanbag? When it's a pouf, of course. This blooming ball is actually an ottoman, covered in wool flowers in sophisticated shades of taupe and ivory. Use it to give a sleek, modern chair a little artistic flourish. Cost: $395 Moderndose; moderndose.com OUTDOOR Even the kid version has gotten useful updates: this beanbag sports preppy polka-dots (it also comes in stripes) and an optional monogram. Even better? It can be used outdoors. Hammock, schm-ammock: if Junior's not careful, you'll be claiming this backyard lounging spot for yourself. Cost: $54.99 Pottery Barn Kids; potterybarnkids.com MODERN (Shown above) Proof that the beanbag never lost it: This version, the Pumpkin, is as modern and deliciously sculptural as it was when Pierre Paulin first designed it in 1969. Imagine how it pops in a white room or punctuates a gray rug. Cost: Chair, from $1,590.00; ottoman, from $965.00 Ligne Roset; ligne-roset-usa.com LEATHER We spotted this Moroccan leather one in a Domino magazine layout on the home of actor Mark Ruffalo and got a serious case of the wants. It's the perfect way to get a touch of neo-hippie style -- a lounge-y detail in a room that's clean and tailored. Cost: $495 Lost & Found; 323-856-5872 SHEEPSKIN How to make a floppy, cushy beanbag even more decadent? Cover it in soft-as-a-cloud Patagonian sheepskin. This beauty would make a soft, dramatic statement in a hard-edged modern room. And we have a feeling once you sit down and run your fingers through its fur, you will never, ever want to get up. Cost: $2,200 Pure; purerugs.com --Cindy Dampier
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