Harbor Laidback Lounge Chair
for B&B Italia
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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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.