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Harbor Chair

c. 2017

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

Harbor Chair

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

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The Harbor Chair by Naoto Fuka­sawa contin­ues the design­er’s research on the upside-down trun­cated cone-shaped seat. Two forms are ergonom­i­cally designed and devel­oped to obtain a relax­ing lounge chair with a high back and head­rest as well as a conver­sa­tion armchair with a low back. Both chairs have a swivel base and visible metal hinge in the back that, as with the iconic Papilio series, which allows the removal of the cover, In addi­tion to the two chairs, a third element, an ottoman of which a tray element can be supported allow­ing the flex­i­bil­ity to use as a small table. The Harbor chair series is avail­able in select fabrics and leathers of the collection. 

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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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