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Mini Papilio

c. 2012

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

Mini Papilio

by Naoto Fukasawa
for  B&B Italia

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The Mini Papilio was intro­duced as a dining/​side chair version in 2012. Given the popu­lar­ity of Papilio since its intro­duc­tion in 2009, a burgeon­ing collec­tion of new pieces that employ the same form in differ­ent scales and sizes has devel­oped. Like its cousins, Mini Papilio features an extra­or­di­nar­ily sculp­tural and sensu­ous form with a gently scooped seat; it’s inte­grated and outwardly canted back arches at the top to create an envelop­ing back­rest for the sitter. The discreet addi­tion of a disc base on Papilio’s under­side allows the user to swivel when sitting in the chair. Its remov­able cover features a verti­cal zipper in the back of the chair that runs from the base to the top edge of the back­rest – its clever place­ment coupled with the asso­ci­ated textural juxta­po­si­tion of its stain­less compo­si­tion with the uphol­stery is wonderfully engaging.

Refer­ring to his orig­i­nal Papilio lounge chair design, Naoto Fuka­sawa remarked that I wanted this kind of chair to look obvi­ously comfort­able; to have the kind of shape that relax­ation’ might take if it were portrayed in a picture. There had to be something encompassing.”

Mini Papilio features a steel inter­nal frame with Bayfit (Bayer) flex­i­ble cold-shaped polyurethane foam with poly­ester padding. The under­side swivel base is composed of gray painted steel lami­nate and aluminum extru­sion. Mini Papilio is avail­able with numer­ous uphol­stery cover options; please inquire with us to review both textile and leather options along with associated pricing.

Naoto Fukasawa


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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