Papilio Side Chair
for B&B Italia
The Papilio chair by Naoto Fukasawa for B&B Italia boasts a unique design with curvy lines and an eye-catching combination of a fully upholstered seat and backrest with tubular steel legs. The chair’s continuous seat and back cover gently fold over the front of the chair, with the backrest arching softly to provide a comfortable seating experience.
The internal structure of the Papilio side chair consists of flexible thermoplastic, which is covered with a removable cover available in a range of textile and leather options. The removable cover features a vertical zipper at the back, extending from the seat to the top edge of the backrest, providing an added visual and textural interest. The chair’s legs are available in either bronzed nickel painted or bright chromed, with plastic glides to protect floors.
For more information on quick-ship options, customers can refer to the spec sheet on the left or call 800.886.0867.
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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