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Titikaka Bench

c. 2009

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia Outdoor

Titikaka Bench

by Naoto Fukasawa
for B&B Italia Outdoor

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One of the most exquis­itely crafted benches ever created, Titikaka bench is a tour-de-force of mesmer­iz­ing undu­la­tion that has been visu­ally augmented by the repet­i­tive nature of the narrow hori­zon­tal planks of teak. Indeed, the arrange­ment of teak slats is almost like a window blind that has liter­ally been draped from the bottom front to the bottom back over a gently curved form.

Coupled with the teak bench’s beau­ti­ful contour form is the subtle rippling of each hori­zon­tal teak slat. The results are not only profoundly sculp­tural but they are wonder­fully ergonomic – Titikaka teak bench is incredibly comfortable.

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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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