The Wonderfully Weird and Wildly Versatile Togo Sofa

The Wonderfully Weird and Wildly Versatile Togo Sofa

Nancy Mitchell
Apr 4, 2016
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The Togo sofa (a creation of Ligne Roset) is a design that's always fascinated me. It is by far the most attractive piece of furniture I've ever seen that kind of looks like a larvae. Despite (or perhaps because of?) its insectoid qualities, it has a weird versatility and constantly crops up in a huge a variety of rooms. It works for slouchy Bohemian interiors or minimal, arty-rich ones: it's equally at home with traditional pieces or equally modern ones. And thanks to the leather version, it can even pass in a hunting lodge.

The Togo suite, which includes chairs and couches and ottomans, was designed in 1973 by Michel Ducaroy, head of the design department at Ligne Roset. As of 2013, on the design's 40th anniversary, 1.2 million pieces had been sold all over the world. You can read more about the Togo's history at Design Milk.

Above: A gaggle of purple Togos from Elle Decoration.

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Vintage Togo in green stripes, spotted on Design Milk.

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A Togo in lovely light leather, from Jonas Ingerstedt.

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A pair of pink Togos from A Love is Blind.

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An aubergine Togo from Share Design.

Mismatched Togos from Like a Butterfly in Your House.

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A pretty pale blue Togo spotted on SJB.

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The corner Togo means there are lots of possible configurations, like this cozy L-shape spotted on Refinery29.

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Bright red Togos from Petits Papiers.

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Togos in black leather spotted on My Domaine.

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