From time to time, there’s a bit that manages to survive the development cycle, changing into a very timeless design icon. And for the previous 50 years, this ‘it’ piece has been Ligne Roset’s Togo Couch.
The couch’s distinctive traces and pillowy silhouette is immediately recognisable, having taken the design world by storm ever because it was designed in 1973 — the identical yr the French model behind the Togo was additionally launched.
Consider it or not, designer Michel Ducaroy was famously impressed to create Togo by ‘a tube of toothpaste folded again on itself like a stovepipe and closed at each ends’. After experimenting with new supplies together with foams, polyester quilting, and modern manufacturing strategies all through the 60s, he lastly dreamed up the now-famous Togo.
It was completely 70s, however right now it nonetheless strikes simply the fitting steadiness between retro and modern. In Australia, Ligne Roset’s Togo is stocked completely at DOMO, in an intensive vary of material choices like buttery mushy leathers, luxurious velvets, and in virtually each color you would dream of from neutrals to daring tones. And we’ve seen it styled in so many TDF house excursions over time!
In inside designer Leigh Ellwood’s Thirties house, it’s a dreamy lilac hero piece amongst her mash-up of ‘previous and new’ design, whereas Frank Physique co-founder Bree Johnson’s tonal household house reveals the Togo’s modular choices in a moody, deep tone.
‘The items for us are endlessly being shuffled; into one lengthy line for film watching to 2 separate items for entertaining, to a cubby home for the children,’ Bree says. ‘Its a sofa that’s as sensible as it’s aesthetically pleasing.’ Content material creators Josh Jessup and Matt Moss agree, saying they love how ‘it may possibly shapeshift to suit any inside fashion’.
The couch is crafted from three various kinds of foam, every with a distinct density. It’s been championed for its informal and cosy form, taking out conventional springs, base, toes, and armrests, to create a body-hugging couch that sits low to the bottom.
For native stylist Nat Turnbull, the Togo’s ergonomic design was a giant a part of its enchantment when she picked it out for her Melbourne house after having it on her wishlist for years. ‘I consider furnishings as usable sculptures for the house, however I generally tend to like lovely, however uncomfortable, chairs,’ Nat says. ‘So [the Togo] was a win-win for me.’
There’s no denying this iconic piece brings character to any room. And everybody who has one appears to have a private story behind their Togo and why they like it. Maybe that’s why it’s extra related than ever, even 50 years on!
In celebration of the Togo’s fiftieth anniversary, Ligne Roset has launched a limited-edition material by artist Heather Chontos with Pierre Frey, now out there from DOMO for order.
Be part of DOMO as they replicate on the Togo’s historical past with the ‘Togo 50:50 Exhibition – 50 Particular person Areas: 50 years of Togo’. Open to the general public from June 13-August 3, at DOMO Alexandria, 61/63 O’Riordan St, Alexandria NSW.