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Papilio Shell Outdoor

c. 2016

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Papilio Shell Outdoor

by Naoto Fukasawa
for  B&B Italia Outdoor

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The Papilio Shell Chair by Naoto Fuka­sawa for B&B Italia takes inspi­ra­tion from the beauty and light­ness of butter­flies, result­ing in a chair with a unique and organic shape. The back­rest resem­bles the color­ful wings of a butter­fly, adding a touch of nature to any indoor space.

This design icon features stylish details, from the conical struc­ture to the swivel base and zip, that allow it to wear high fashion. It is perfect for indoor settings, provid­ing excep­tional comfort and aesthetic appeal.

The outdoor version of this iconic piece is an authen­tic sculp­ture in a single mate­r­ial, woven poly­eth­yl­ene fiber in char­coal. Its light­weight aluminum struc­ture enhances its porta­bil­ity while main­tain­ing the same comfort and organic shape that made it a contem­po­rary icon. Add a touch of nature and elegance to your space with the Papilio Shell Chair.


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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