Harbor Laidback is a versatile and innovative armchair that redefines the concept of relaxation continuing the tradition of the Harbor armchairs, a classic it shares the origin of the inverted truncated cone shape and the harmonious and flowing line. Equipped with a swivel aluminium base with four spokes, Harbor Laidback has an unprecedented mechanism, perfectly hidden in the frame, that allows the simultaneous movement of the backrest and the seat. To control the movement, all you have to do is operate a lever strategically placed between the cushion and the armrest: once you have reached the most comfortable position, you release the lever and the backrest stops at the desired angle. To increase the feeling of well-being, the seat accompanies the backrest and moves almost unnoticeably. Harbor Laidback also features a height-adjustable upholstered headrest, distinguished by its distinctive counterweight, and can be combined with a cosy matching footrest and a round ottoman with removable wood tray. The upholstery is available in leather or fabric embellished with an elegant saddle stitch that recalls the sophistication of saddlery and underlines the harmony of the shapes. The zip that crosses the backrest is an aesthetic and functional element that once again reveals the harmony with the Harbor family. In terms of form and materials, the identity of Harbor Laidback is born hybrid, adaptable to work environments as well as purely domestic spaces. The calibrated proportions and the height of the top of the seat make Harbor Laidback the ideal place to use a computer or tablet, to have a video call or enjoy a movie, to concentrate on a report or to retreat with a good book.
tubular steel and steel profiles
Internal frame upholstery
Bayfit® flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam, polyester fibre cover
Base-frame and handle
Swivel support frame
Synchronized reclining mechanism
galvanized steel laminate
Locking activation device
shaped polyurethane, polyester fibre, cotton cover, counterweight in anodized aluminium and steel
fabric (double needle lapped seams) or leather (double needle lapped seams or sellier topstitch seams)
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Always devoted to achieving simplicity and beauty, Naoto Fukasawa designs products for numerous internationally prestigious brands, as well as collaborating as designer and consultant for many major Japanese companies. His creativity embraces very different sectors, from precision electronic equipment to furniture and interior design.
In his career as designer he has received important awards and many of his works are part of the permanent collections of museums such as the MoMa in New York, the Victoria and Albert Musuem in London and the Designmuseum Danmark. In 2007, the UK Royal Society of Arts awarded him the title of Honorable Royal Designer for Industry. In 2017, he became a member of the Loewe Craft Prize jury. He is a professor in the Integrated Design department at Tama Art University. In 2006, he established the “Super Normal” project with Jasper Morrison.
Since 2021 he is curator of The Japan Folk Crafts Museum in Tokyo. Fukasawa has co-authored with the photographer Tamotsu Fujii the volume The Outline -The Unseen Outline of Things, published by Hachette Fujingaho, and released the book Naoto Fukasawa published by Phaidon Press. In Spring 2018, he released his second book with Phaidon Press Naoto Fukasawa: Embodiment.