Papilio Shell Outdoor
for B&B Italia Outdoor
Butterflies inspired the name and shape of The Papilio Shell: Japanese designer, Naoto Fukasawa, took the lightness of nature and turned it into a chair. The resemblance is clear in the shape of the backrest, which looks like the multicolored wings of a butterfly unfolded to launch into flight.
The Papilio Shell Chair was created for indoors. Its curves and conical structure, from its swivel base to the zip that allows it to wear high fashion: lots of stylish details have made this piece a design icon.
The outdoor version is a sculpture in a single material: woven polyethylene fibre in charcoal. It is even lighter weight, with its aluminum structure. However, it maintains the great comfort and particular organic shape that made the series (armchairs, sofas, chairs) a contemporary icon.
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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.