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Papilio Shell Outdoor

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Papilio Shell Outdoor

Naoto Fukasawa

Papilio Shell Outdoor Chairs


Versatile and minimalist, the Papilio Shell Outdoor chair takes shape from a polypropylene shell designed for exceptional warmth and comfort. The support frame is in bright stainless steel profiles or painted to match the shell.


Butterflies inspired the name and shape of this piece: the Japanese designer took the lightness of nature and turned it into a chair. The resemblance is clear in the shape of the backrest, which looks like the multi-coloured wings of a butterfly unfolded to launch into flight.

Papilio was created for indoors. Its curves and conical structure, from its swivel base to the zip that allows it to wear high fashion: lots of stylish details have made this piece a design icon. The outdoor version is a sculpture in a single material: woven polyethylene fibre in charcoal. It is even lighter weight, with its aluminium structure. However, it maintains the great comfort and particular organic shape that made the series (armchairs, sofas, chairs) a contemporary icon.

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Support frame 
stainless steel profiles

thermoplastic material


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Naoto Fukasawa

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.

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