for B&B Italia
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. Mini Papilio was introduced as a dining/side chair version in 2012 – like its cousins, Mini Papilio features an extraordinarily sculptural and sensuous form with a gently scooped seat; its 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.
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.