Colosseo Small Tables
for B&B Italia
The Colosseo small tables, designed by Naoto Fukasawa for B&B Italia, draw inspiration from the iconic Roman arena with their unique and versatile design. Fukasawa envisioned a solid structure resembling an inverted truncated cone adorned with arch-shaped grooves that create a visually striking surface.
This distinctive detailing not only adds visual interest but also pays homage to the architectural structure of the Colosseum. The design of the tables can adapt to different occasions and needs and seamlessly transform from side tables to comfortable poufs. This versatility allows for flexible use in various settings, accommodating other seating arrangements and providing additional seating options when needed.
The tables are available in sixteen glossy colors, allowing for personalization and integration into different interior styles. Whether used individually or grouped, the Colosseo tables add a touch of sophistication and architectural flair to any space.
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.