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Awa Table

c. 2009

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia , B&B Italia Outdoor

Awa Table

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia , B&B Italia Outdoor

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Naoto Fukasawa’s name­sake Awa table instantly becomes a perfect anywhere surface.” Awa table’s top features an ellip­ti­cal shape that maxi­mizes the usable surface area; its base mimics this shape creat­ing an elegant foot­print from which an asym­met­ri­cally oriented colum­nar support fluidly emerges to support the top. Awa table’s seam­less construc­tion is enabled by Cristalplant – a novel, tech­no­log­i­cally-advanced mate­r­ial that is a 100% recy­clable, UV-resis­tant compo­si­tion of mineral and poly­mers that mimics the velvety smooth aesthetic of polished stone. Widely used in high-end bath­room fixtures, Fukasawa’s use of Cristalplant was one of the first appli­ca­tions for the home furnishings market.

Awa’s form is ideal as a side table. Because of the clever orien­ta­tion of its verti­cal support, the Awa side table is also perfect for use as a float­ing surface in conjunc­tion with a modular or sectional seating system.

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Naoto Fukasawa

Japan (1956)

Japanese industrial design icon Naoto Fukasawa is known for work that is simultaneously sculptural and functional. From CD players, cell phones, and electrical appliances, to furniture for sitting, sleeping and eating, Fukasawa’s work is always museum-quality. In fact, a wall-mounted CD player he designed for Muji is part of the Museum of Modern Art’s permanent collection. Inspired by the outline and the shape of a volume or item, he looks for inspiration in the subconscious thoughts that humans have about objects.

Fukasawa has immersed himself in the electronics world since the beginning of his career, at Seiko Epson in Japan, where he designed products such as wrist TVs and mini printers. He also spent time in the U.S. working with companies in Silicon Valley, and was involved in the development of a design concept for Apple. He continued to dream up technological products when he returned to Japan, while at the same time taking on impressive furniture collaborations that quickly made him a household name in the industry. As a furniture designer, he has collaborated on award-winning pieces for B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Artemide, Danese, Boffi, and more. Works like the Piccola Papilio lounge for B&B Italia reveal Fukasawa’s energetic approach to minimalism. The chair’s enveloping form is utterly simplistic and captivatingly artful at the same time.

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