Grande Papilio Lounge
for B&B Italia
The Grande Papilio lounge chair designed by Naoto Fukasawa features a steel internal frame with Bayfit (Bayer) flexible cold-shaped polyurethane foam with polyester padding. The underside swivel base is composed of gray painted steel laminate and aluminum extrusion. Papilio is available in two sizes – Grande and Piccola. The latter, available in a separate listing, has essentially a smaller footprint than the original Grande version making it a lounge chair better suited to smaller spaces. An ottoman is also available to be used with the Grande Papilio.
“I wanted this kind of chair to look obviously comfortable; to have the kind of shape that ‘relaxation’ might take if it were portrayed in a picture. There had to be something encompassing” – Naoto Fukasawa.
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.