Grande Papilio is a new swivelling lounge chair with an optional ottoman. According to Fukasawa, the shape is like a sculpture cut from a solid conical-shaped chunk expanding upwards. Although wingback chairs date back to Queen Anne, this one began with Fukusawa’s observations about how people actually use chairs, not stylistic or historical references. He found that rather than always sitting rigidly straight, people generally end up twisting to either the left or right (presumably when relaxing, talking, reading or snoozing). So he has spread the back of the chair around to curved sides. The piece takes its name from the spreading wings of a butterfly. (Papilio is butterfly in Italian.) Yet it is also practical: an exposed zip up the back means that the leather or fabric cover is removable.
Grande Papilio, Papilio Pa, by Naoto Fukasawa, for B&B Italia