Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa has created a sheepskin armchair and London studio Doshi Levien has produced footstools shaped like “marine creatures” for furniture brand B&B Italia’s 50th anniversary collection. Showcased at the Salone del Mobile furniture fair in Milan earlier this month, B&B Italia’s latest range included a set of limited-edition pieces to celebrate its birthday.
Fukasawa’s wooly chair is a special edition of his 2009 Grande Papilio armchair, and features a tall winged back and an accompanying footstool. The furniture will be available in only 50 numbered versions. The Japanese designer has also created a set of new chairs, which come as plastic shell or upholstered versions, and rest on four-spoke bases. The Papilio Shell seating features aluminium armrests, and a winged-back design echoes the form of the Grande Papilio armchair.
The chairs are available with caster-covered legs for indoor use, or as a stackable outdoor version with stainless steel supports. Also for the anniversary, Doshi Levien designed a trio of foot stools in oval, square and triangular shapes, which have been created as mix-and-match furniture. The poufs are covered in either fabric or leather, and feature a central dimple created by an oversized button. Doshi Levien has also created a small armchair, made from a pair of leather or fabric-covered panels, and named Do-Maru after the leather plates worn by samurai warriors as armour.
The chair is supported at the back with a pair of V-shaped legs, while the front of the seat rests on tubular metal legs placed at either side of the seat. Doshi Levien’s Maru table is another addition to B&B Italia’s collection, and features a glossy round tabletop supported by a trio of die-cast aluminium legs. The table comes in two sizes, with the smaller table available in 16 colours, and the larger table in glass, wood or marble versions.