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Belle Chair

c. 2018

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

Belle Chair

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

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The Belle chair designed by Naoto Fuka­sawa is the deli­cate, femi­nine coun­ter­part to the Bull table. With rounded lines and padded seat with leather uphol­stery, it rein­ter­prets the detail of the rounded section of the table legs, and as it devel­ops down­wards adds a small element of curva­ture that creates a grace­ful touch. Towards the top, the legs join the chair back with elegant, elbow-shaped arms. Two solu­tions are offered for the back­rest, oak wood in the same finishes as avail­able for the frame — light, grey, black and smoked — or leather uphol­stery match­ing the seat, obtained thanks to a special manufacturing technology.

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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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