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Papilio Bed

c. 2013

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

Papilio Bed

by Naoto Fukasawa
for  B&B Italia

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The Papilio Bed by Naoto Fuka­sawa for B&B Italia embod­ies refined aesthet­ics and thought­ful crafts­man­ship. Drawing inspi­ra­tion from the iconic Papilio Lounge Chairs, the Papilio Bed show­cases a sophis­ti­cated conical shape that creates a harmo­nious balance. The elegant curves of the bed’s design extend to the sides, creat­ing a seam­less and visu­ally captivating profile.

The mattress is posi­tioned almost flush with the perime­ter, high­light­ing the bed’s inher­ent sense of rigor and preci­sion. This design choice contributes to the bed’s visual harmony and ensures optimal comfort for a restful sleep experience.


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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