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Harbor

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Harbor

Naoto Fukasawa

Armchairs

Description

Enveloping and sinuous, the Harbor armchair with armrests stands out for its sculptural design. It comes in two ergonomically designed versions: a relaxing armchair with a high backrest and headrest, and another with a low back fostering conversation. Both come with a swivel base and a visible metal zipper on the rear of the backrest, allowing the cover to be removed. The armchairs can be matched with an ottoman, onto which a tray can be rested for use as a small table. The series also includes a two-seater sofa.

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Concept

 “When I was working on Papillo family, I realized that working on a mass of polyurethane foam is the iconic strength of B&B Italia.  Hence, the idea for this design is 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 sculpture in polyurethane.

The name Harbor comes from a feeling of having a place to come back to and I also wanted this seat to have a feeling of wrapping around our body.

Naoto Fukasawa

Technical information

Internal frame 
tubular steel and steel profiles

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

Swivel base-frame (HA80A-HA80B)
steel laminate and aluminium

Base-frame (HA61P) 
steel laminate

Headrest (HA_P)
shaped polyurethane, polyester fibre, cotton cover, counterweight in anodized aluminium and steel

Tray (HA65V) 
solid wood, veneered wood fibre panel

Ferrules 
thermoplastic material

Cover 
fabric (double needle lapped seams) or leather (double needle lapped seams or sellier topstitch seams)

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Designer

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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