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Colosseo Outdoor Small Table

c. 2020

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Colosseo Outdoor Small Table

by Naoto Fukasawa
for  B&B Italia Outdoor

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Colosseo debuts outdoor small tables in the new porce­lain stoneware version for the B&B Italia Outdoor collec­tion. Naoto Fuka­sawa designs this furnish­ing element to have various func­tions depend­ing on the occa­sion and need. Fuka­sawa arrived at the desired shape think­ing of a solid in the shape of an upside-down trun­cated cone, creat­ing an asso­nance with the struc­ture of the famous Roman arena. Colosseo outdoor small tables are avail­able in sauge and clay colors. Colosseo indoor version, made from hard polyurethane, is avail­able in sixteen colors.

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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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