Photography, courtesy of Ligne Roset.
Can you dig it? Arren Williams can. Here’s his lowdown on this icon of the 1960s and ’70s.
Luxe, loungey and low slung. Apologies for the alliteration, but that’s just the perfect description of the Togo by Ligne Roset. Dreamt up in the ’60s by designer Michel Ducaroy and inspired by – seriously – a tube of toothpaste folded back on itself like a stovepipe and closed at both ends, this purposefully wrinkled modular seating collection turned heads and won a design award on its debut in 1973 at a Parisian design show.
Immediately at home in the groovy interiors of the 1970s, the Togo is still going strong. Possibly familiar to you from the swish homes of celebs and rock stars (we’re feeling your vibe, Lenny Kravitz), this meme-worthy must-have for fashionable living rooms is no slouch when it comes to collectibility: the price for an authentic vintage Togo has risen to dizzying heights.
To celebrate Togo’s 50th birthday, Ligne Roset has hooked up with storied French fabric house Pierre Frey to offer a special edition of the Togo in a splashy fashion-forward fabric. The pattern, La Toile du Peintre, is a riot of painterly brushwork inspired by the work of painter and sculptor Heather Chontos. If you want it, it’s only available until the end of 2023, then it’ll be gone like bell-bottoms.
While the Togo’s admittedly quirky style adds that eclectic edge to interiors both contemporary and traditional, it’s the idea of luxurious lounging that continues to inspire. Belgian furniture company Ethnicraft tapped designer Jacques Deneef for N701, their take on seating that’s all about comfort. We are imagining stylishly snoozing away an afternoon on its tufted, scooped-out seat, offered in fabric and leather. And the kids also get a chance to kick back with PB Teen’s cool update on that dorm room standby: the beanbag chair. In vegan leather, it’s got looks to spare, so much so, you might get the urge to swipe it for yourself for your next movie night, popcorn in hand.
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