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Piccola Papilio Lounge

c. 2010

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

Piccola Papilio Lounge

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia

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Piccola Papilio lounge is a sculp­tural lounge chair that features a gently scooped seat that creates inte­grated armrests. The inte­grated and outwardly canted back arches at the top to create an envelop­ing back­rest for the sitter. The discreet addi­tion of a swivel disc base on Papilio’s under­side allows the user to swivel when sitting in the chair. Its remov­able cover features a verti­cal zipper in the back of the chair that runs from the base to the top edge of the backrest. 

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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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