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Two Seat Cloud Sofa With Backrest

by Naoto Fukasawa, from B&B Italia

two seat cloud sofa with backrest

two seat cloud sofa with backrest

Design Naoto Fukasawa, 2006
Tubular steel, polyurethane, upholstery
Made in Italy by B&B Italia

The Cloud collection includes a series of benches, with or without backs, designed for public spaces such as receptions atriums and galleries. Based on a minimalistic floating element, the linear benches can be combined with curved elements to create free flowing compositions.

Naoto Fukasawa was born in Yamanashi Prefecture and graduated from Tama Art University in 1980. He has worked with Seiko Epson, designing wristwatch & wristTV technology; LCD TVs, LCD projectors and other equipment. He has designed a number of products utilizing state-of-the-art technology for start-up companies and for big brand name computer and communications related companies, and has won numerous design awards in Europe and the United States.

The sofa with upholstered bench-style seat, with backrest, is supported by a polished metal tube that conveys a sense of lightness and mid-air suspension. The backrests, shorter than the length of the seat, feature a narrow "turned-up" section at the top that can also function as an armrest. A quarter-circle element was conceived to combine benches of different sizes, with or without backrest, to produce seating areas of different sizes and shapes, and create original landscapes in public areas. Optional small wood table in a smoked oak finish and matching corner unit can also be added to selection.

medium bench w/back: 78.75" w | 33.5" d | 29.5" h | seat: 15"h
large bench w/back: 118.1" w | 33.5" d | 29.5" h | seat: 15"h
small table: 15.75" w | 23.6" d | 4.3" h
corner unit: 44.1" w | 44.1" d | 15" h (please call to order)

$5,852.00 + free shipping in the continental U.S.
(please allow 8-12 weeks for delivery)

Naoto Fukasawa

Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa (b. 1956) graduated from Tama Art University in 1980 and quickly began working as a designer for the Seiko-Epson corporation. He came to the United States in 1989 and started working for the then upstart ID Two company, which employed only 15 people at the time. In 1996, he helped to set up their Tokyo office and served as its head while they became known as IDEO. Fukasawa remained with the company until 2003 when he established his own company, Naoto Fukasawa Design. To focus on household appliances and sundries, he created the ±0 brand, but was also becoming well known around the same time for products such as MUJI’s CD player (which is in MoMA’s permanent collection), mobile phones “Infobar” and “Neon,” as well as new works with Italian companies B&B Italia, Driade, Magis, Artemide, Danese, and Boffi.

B&B italia was founded in 1966 by the enterprising and charismatic piero ambrogio busnelli. The company quickly became an international reference point for upholstered furnishing thanks to a brilliant new technological process which introduced an industrial approach to manufacturing designer furnishings for the first time in the history of the sector. Over a period of decades, its innovative influence spread to other sectors in home and outdoor furnishings and finally reached the contract furniture market.


two seat cloud sofa with backrest

average rating: 5
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cloud 9 sofa
, more than a month ago.
i hate writing reviews. this is an odd, but honest, start to the review i am now writing for the b&b italia cloud sofa. i figure that actually paying for a product should be enough; the endless requests for reviews - from cars to cookware - are just an extra burden, and what, beyond having hit the “pay now” button, qualifications do i have to review a product that has gone through years of development before ever hitting the market?

despite these misgivings, i happily am writing this review for the sofa, as it fits my wants just that well (nothing b&b could ever be considered an need: not here, not now; not ever).

i have a small room (10’x 15’ with incursions for half a chimney and a whole coat closet) that works as a small living room, library and personal art gallery. it needed a sofa that would be both minimal and sculptural, between 75” and 80” long. after looking at far too many possibilities i kept coming back to the cloud sofa. it is both open underneath and low without arms (all help expand the space), but my question was “will it really work as a sofa?”

no user review exists anywhere. it’s expensive. it’s contract grade.

i bought one. it’s great. i’d requested some fabric samples (3 days from canada!) and decided on “full wool.” the turn-around was about a month.

long story short: the sofa is very comfortable and supportive (don’t buy this if you want to sink way back into something) and it looks amazing in my small space. i broke my back years ago, so supportive and comfortable go hand in hand and this sofa is both. it’s also really cool and sculptural and the wool is durable, comfortable, and gorgeous. i wouldn’t hesitate to buy one it you’re looking for a comfortable, durable (it is contract grade) statement piece for a room.

so that’s my review, and, with more space, i think the longer 3 seater would be amazing.
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