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Harbor Laid­back Lounge Chair

c. 2021

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

Harbor Laid­back Lounge Chair

by Naoto Fukasawa
for  B&B Italia

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Harbor Laid­back is a versa­tile and inno­v­a­tive armchair that rede­fines the concept of relax­ation. Naoto Fuka­sawa contin­ues the tradi­tion of the classic Harbor armchairs with the Laid­back” design — sharing the orig­i­nal inverted trun­cated cone shape and the harmo­nious flowing line. However, Harbor Laid­back has an unprece­dented mech­a­nism, perfectly hidden in the frame; it allows the simul­ta­ne­ous move­ment of the back­rest and the seat. To control, all you have to do is operate a lever strate­gi­cally placed between the cushion and the armrest. Once you have reached the most comfort­able posi­tion, you release the lever, and the back­rest stops at the desired angle. More­over, Harbor Laid­back is equipped with a swivel aluminum base with four spokes and features a height-adjustable uphol­stered head­rest. In terms of form and mate­ri­als, the iden­tity of Harbor Laid­back is a born hybrid, adapt­able to work envi­ron­ments as well as purely domestic spaces.

Harbor Laid­back may be combined with a cozy match­ing footrest and a round ottoman with a remov­able wood tray. The uphol­stery is avail­able in leather or fabric embell­ished with an elegant saddle stitch.

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Naoto Fukasawa

Japan

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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