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Naoto Fukasawa's inspiration for the Molteni&C Cinnamon armchair

The Cinnamon armchair by the Japanese designer Naoto Fukasawa for Molteni&C blends form, function, and comfort. Seemingly simple yet technically complex in shape, the chair is characterized by a rounded line inscribing its foundation. The armchair’s U-shaped base follows the perimeter while the bulbous seat with removable cushion is designed to maximize comfort.

'The inspiration for the Cinnamon armchair was the feeling of being wrapped in a soft embrace — or like you are floating in an inflatable ring with your arms drifting along the water surface. A simple yet cozy shape, where the body is pleasantly welcomed', says Fukasawa.

Cinnamon’s rounded forms offer a chic, even playful, contrast to more angular interiors. Crafted with attention to detail, it is upholstered in elastic jersey fabric that molds to the rounded structure. A range of 21 fabric options provides a variety of interpretations.

Naoto Fukasawa has designed everything from watches, CD players and eyewear to pens, chairs and his L-shaped house and studio. Over his career he has worked for a host of international brands, written several books and held roles as an educator, curator, advisor and more. Across all of these endeavours, he applies his nuanced and gentle design philosophy, which is based on the belief that design is most successful when it is so user-friendly that you may not even notice it.

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