Papilio Shell by Naoto Fukasawa is linked though its name to the previous family of very successful chairs and armchairs by the Japanese designer. The name and shape are inspired by the butterfly, which translated into Latin is “papillio”. Naoto Fukasawa took the lightness of nature and transformed it into a light, colourful poetic chair. This collection displays considerable versatility that makes it perfect not just at home but also in a contract setting.
Naoto Fukasawa was born in Japan in1956. He graduated from Tama Art University’s product design department in art and 3D design in 1980. Through 1988, Fukasawa worked as a designer at Seiko-Epson Corporation. In 1989, he left Japan for the San Francisco where he joined a small office that had employed 15 persons – ‘ID Two’, the predecessor of IDEO. In 1996, he helped establish ‘IDEO’ in Japan. In 2003 he established his own studio and joined the advisory board of the Japanese company MUJI. Naoto Fukasawa is a lecturer in the product design departments of both Musashino Art University and Tama Art University in Tokyo. His designs have won more than 50 design awards in Europe and the United States.
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