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Naoto Fukasawa

Modern designer italian sofas - Harbor Sofas
Modern designer italian sofas - Harbor Sofas 1
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Sinuously enveloping and designed to extend the existing collection of armchairs and ottomans of the same name, the Harbor two-seater sofa stands out for its sculptural, ergonomic shape, made possible by a frame in polyurethane foam typical of the B&B Italia design culture. Whether upholstered in fabric or in leather, Harbor comes with a visible metal zipper at the rear of the backrest, a decorative trim that allows the cover to be removed.

“When I was working on the Papilio family project, I realized that the iconic strength of B&B Italia is in working with polyurethane foam as a mass. Hence the idea for this design to sculpt a form out of this material as if I was making a sculpture out of Carrara marble blocks. It is true to me that B&B Italia is a brand that creates sculptures in polyurethane. The name Harbor comes from a feeling of having a place to come back to. I also wanted this seat to have a feeling of wrapping around our body”.

Naoto Fukasawa

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Internal frame 
tubular steel and steel profiles

Internal frame upholstery 
Bayfit® flexible cold shaped polyurethane foam, polyester fibre cover

steel laminate

thermoplastic material

fabric or leather (double needle lapped seams)


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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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