Trend Alert: The 1970s Togo Lounge is Today’s Flop-Down Chair of Choice
Designer Michel Ducaroy’s goal was to create a frameless sofa for Ligne Roset, hence the grub-like look of his now iconic Togo lounge. Introduced in 1973, it’s been in the French furniture company’s lineup ever since. A seat that swaddles, the Togo is the ultimate in slouchy, close-to-the-ground comfort. Which explains the surge of interest in the design of late.
In its annual Resale Report, Chairish ranks the Togo as the single most in-demand item in the vintage and used category. “It’s a museum-worthy feat of design that reconciles comfort with 1970s smoking-gun sex appeal,” writes Vice in a recent ode to the Togo and “equally cool affordable dupes.” We ourselves had been far less smitten. But then, noticing how at-home—and beckoning—the chair looks in a range of settings, we became Togo curious. Here are eight favorite rooms that are all about the design.
Composed of layers of foam in quilted folds that require hand stitching and master upholstery skills, the chair forms a cocoon around its sitter. Photograph courtesy of Michelle Young via The Modern House.
In 2013, when the design’s 40th birthday was being celebrated, Ligne Roset’s creative director, Michel Roset, explained its enduring appeal: “When Togo was created in 1973, it broke the ‘code’ of design. It was totally new, something that had never been seen before. Since then, it has become an icon, representing a time of radical change in the way we understand our living environment and the use of our furniture, the way we welcome friends and family in an informal way, the way we sit, read, and relax.”
Search and you’ll find a dazzling range of Togo options for sale, including a good number of knockoffs. For durability, comfort, and a piece of design history, aim for the real thing.
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