Slouchy with channel stitching and just as sunken as the living rooms that were hitting the scene at the same time, 1973’s Togo Sofa is an ergonomic wonder whose allure has only grown over the decades. Its five foam densities cradle the human form, making for some serious comfortable lounging, while its veritable rainbow of color options makes it versatile enough for any room.

Beyond the Togo’s wide-ranging appeal, our favorite part of its story may be its humble origins. Like many of the world’s best ideas, the Togo was invented during a humdrum morning routine, when Michel Ducaroy, head of design at French modern furniture company Ligne Roset, looked down at his tube of toothpaste and thought… voila! The way it dexterously wrinkled and folded back on itself, so easily yet elegantly, inspired him to apply the same principles to furniture, contradicting years of sharp, linear styles and launching a new legend. 

Almost 50 years later, the Togo Sofa proves that a marriage of comfort and chic makes for an enduring and buzzy couple—look no further than the #togosofa hashtag for evidence. Today, you can still buy it brand new from Ligne Roset, but nothing compares to that delicious, lived-in patina you can only get from scoring an original on Chairish.

Excerpted from issue 7 of Magazinish, the print companion to To shop our collection of pieces from this story, click here.


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September 9, 2022

Dennis Sarlo is the executive editor of Chairish and a lover of all things design-related. Prior to joining the team, he served as the executive editor of Dering Hall and was the first site director of Architectural Digest. He was also part of the founding team of travel startup Jetsetter. He lives in New York.