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Papilio Side Chair

c. 2008

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

Papilio Side Chair

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

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The Papilio chair designed by Naoto Fuka­sawa for B&B Italia features curves and a strik­ing juxta­po­si­tion of an uphol­stered covered seat and back with tubular steel legs. The seat and back cover is a contin­u­ous expanse that gently folds over the front of the Papilio chair – its back arches gently at the top to create an envelop­ing back­rest for the sitter. Papilio side chair’s inter­nal struc­ture is composed of flex­i­ble ther­mo­plas­tic that features a remov­able cover avail­able in a range of textile and leather options. Its remov­able cover features a verti­cal zipper in the back of the chair that runs from the seat to the top edge of the back­rest – its clever place­ment coupled with the asso­ci­ated textural juxta­po­si­tion of its stain­less compo­si­tion with the uphol­stered cover is strik­ing. Papilio’s legs are avail­able in either bronzed nickel painted or bright chromed with plastic glides.

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Naoto Fukasawa

Japan (1956)

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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