Piccola Papilio Lounge
for B&B Italia
The B&B Italia Piccola Papilio lounge chair, by Naoto Fukasawa, is a beautifully designed piece that combines both form and function. Its sculptural shape creates a comfortable seat with integrated armrests, while the outwardly canted backrest provides support and creates an enveloping feeling. A swivel disc base adds a practical touch to the chair, allowing the user to change their position while seated easily. The removable cover is not only functional but also provides for easy cleaning and maintenance. The vertical zipper in the back of the chair adds an element of interest to the design while allowing for easy cover removal. Overall, the Piccola Papilio lounge chair is a stunning modern, comfortable, and functional design.
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.