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Mini Papilio Outdoor Dining Chair

c. 2013

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Mini Papilio Outdoor Dining Chair

by Naoto Fukasawa
for  B&B Italia Outdoor

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The Mini Papilio Outdoor dining char, made for B&B Italia, features an inter­nal powder-coated aluminum frame that has been expertly laced with anthracite poly­eth­yl­ene to create a compelling visual pattern and texture remi­nis­cent of a soft woven reed. The chair under­side features level­ing glides composed of stain­less and plastic.

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.” – Naoto Fukasawa.

This was the designer’s senti­ment on creat­ing his extra­or­di­nar­ily sculp­tural Mini Papilio orig­i­nally created in 2010 as an uphol­stered dining chair for indoor use – its sensu­ous feel was recently adapted in new mate­ri­als for use outdoors. Like the orig­i­nal, the Mini Papilio Outdoor Dining Chair features a gently scooped seat that creates subtly inte­grated armrests – it’s inte­grated and outwardly canted back arches at the top to create an envelop­ing back­rest for the sitter. Mini Papilio’s seat height is ideal for use with a table

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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