Togo sofa – a classic icon of modern design by Michel Ducaroy

Designed in 1973, for a French design company, Ligne Roset, Togo sofa became an instant classic, making the name of Michel Ducaroy famous all around the world. Born in 1925 to a family of designers in France, he became life-long collaboration with Ligne Roset in mid fifties. Since then they became a highly successful international design brand and the most famous of their products is Togo.
It is a very first all-foam settee ever designed. It is made from layers of polyether foam in a range of complementary thicknesses and densities. The low seat platform, together with the curves of the seat and the back, invites relaxation.
Togo is available nowadays in many different options and colors. In addition to the classic model, range comprises small settee, large settee, corner piece, settee with arms footstool and small version for children.
Colors vary from the very bright full vivid reds, greens and yellows for very contemporary interiors to darker shades of browns and blues. The line also includes black and white for more character interiors. It also comes with very extravagant upholstery (i.e. British flag).
Since its conception, Togo has became a modern design icon, selling more than 1 200 000 pieces worldwide. The concept was first adopted by the hippie generation who loved it for being different and for its invitation to laziness. Now it is found in the most chic interiors in the world, created by renowned designers, ranging from domestic projects to hotels to commercial units.

From Catalogue

From Catalogue

From Catalogue

From Catalogue

From Catalogue

From Catalogue

From Catalogue

From Catalogue

Children's Togo

Children’s Togo

Children's Togo

Children’s Togo

Hanne Graumann house Denmark

Hanne Graumann house Denmark

Kippara Road House CSA Architects Sydney

Kippara Road House CSA Architects Sydney

Red settees with fireplace

Red settees with fireplace

Togo living room Denver

Togo living room Denver

Togo sofa WCH Interior

Togo sofa WCH Interior

Togo sofa WCH Interior

Togo sofa WCH Interior

Togo sofa WCH Interior

Togo sofa WCH Interior

Togo relaxation space

Togo relaxation space

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room black glamour

Togo living room black glamour

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Red sexy

Red sexy

Black with table

Black with table

Three colorful small settees

Three colorful small settees

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Togo corner sofa

Togo corner sofa

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo corner sofa

Togo corner sofa

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo chic living room

Togo chic living room

Togo red interior

Togo red interior

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo with fireplace

Togo with fireplace

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo relaxation space

Togo relaxation space

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo playroom

Togo playroom

Togo white & wood

Togo white & wood

Togo living room

Togo living room

Togo playroom

Togo playroom

Togo living room

Togo living room

Green with lamp

Green with lamp

Black small settee

Black small settee

Violet corner piece

Violet corner piece

Yellow sofa with arms

Yellow sofa with arms

Togo classic red

Togo classic red

Red

Red

Red small settee with footstool

Red small settee with footstool

Red corner piece with footstool

Red corner piece with footstool

Green corner piece

Green corner piece

Fancy patchwork

Fancy patchwork

Fancy blue

Fancy blue

Fancy brown

Fancy brown

What do you think about this unusual design? Would you buy one for your home?

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My home project featured on Ikea Family Live

It has been a very difficult decision to make in the first place and I was afraid of putting my home for a public view, after all it is my private space. Finally I gathered the courage and wrote “my home story” to Ikea Family Live. Then I got a positive response and additional questionnaire to be filled in (a long one) then to choose photos etc – a lot of work. While I was doing this, still was a bit apprehensive about “going public” but eventually decided to click the “Send” button and it was done…
It will be published next year in Ikea Family Live magazine. Exciting…but still scary…

Ok, the reason why I am doing this is because I dream about becoming an interior designer & decorator. To start my own company. I have not much experience, but plenty of enthusiasm and this is what I LOVE DOING. Since 6 years interior design became my big passion, I have a large collection of books & magazines, TV programs recordings, thousands of photos, articles, links and a lot of blogs I follow daily, from all over the world in many different languages.
To do it professionally is very tuff work and I am aware of the effort & engagement involved and the next important thing is to be patient. To start from nothing with no expectations in mind, and build some “portfolio” over the years. That requires to embrace this fear of going public, an interior decorator needs to be public to get new clients and much more activity. So if I don’t deal with this anxiety right now, at the beginning, this would clearly become a major problem in the future. And after all, you start from your own home – that’s your first project. Well, it isn’t the very 1st one for me. But experimenting in your own home is the starting point.

So, if someone needs an advice, I would gladly be of any help and of course for free.

This is the link to my Ikea Family Magazine article:
http://www.ikeafamilylivemagazine.com/nl/nl/article/33325
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Dutch design

The purpose of this article is to show you that there is much more out there than Scandinavian living, which is indisputably the top trend right now. There is so much more than white floors, white walls, eclectic mix & match and colorful wallpapers. Don’t get me wrong – I like Scandinavian design but there is much more diversity out there and many more different trends which are worth presenting to the wider audience.

We live globally and trends are spreading across the world, more & more designers open their shops outside their own country.

Going through interior magazines every day, I find a lot of inspiring interior design sites & stores. Here in the Netherlands.
I must admit when I moved here 5 years ago, I didn’t like Dutch design at all – to much country style and very much like old-fashioned English style which, as British would say “is not my cup of tea”.

A lot has changed since then, there is more designer furniture available, and even the country style has more modern look now. I started liking Dutch design, for the atmosphere of coziness and intimacy, for it’s characteristic big furniture and natural materials like good quality wood. Lot of very interesting accesorries which add the character to the interior. Whatever direction you go, I suggest to create a modern base in neutral colors, then accessorize it to your style. Accessories create the style whether it is classic, country, chic/glamour, warm/earth style or highly modern.

There is a wide choice of shops which often give you an interior advice for the total concept of your home. A lot of customized furniture, made especially for the client, built-in cabinets, furniture which is matching exactly the size of the room, and for bigger budget – anything you want, only your imagination is the limit.

Here is an overview of just a few of those inspiring Dutch & Belgium brands.

Scopes Design
Scapa Home
Rofra Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Linteloo
Linteloo
Linteloo
Linteloo
HORA
HORA
Mart Kleppe
Mart Kleppe
Mart Kleppe
Rofra Home
Rofra Home
Rofra Home
Rofra Home
Rofra Home
Rofra Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home
Scapa Home

My Ikea

When I started my home project in early 2010, I had inspiration article about Polish home from interior magazine. When renovation phase was over and it was time to start furnishing, I realized that this plan is impossible. Firstly because I couldn’t find the exact specific furniture here in NL and secondly (most important factor) I didn’t have much money left after the renovation and realized that it would cost a fortune.

I was disappointed at first. The plan landed in the trash and I went to Ikea to see what is possible on the budget. Then another shock – even Ikea was not affordable to furnish and accessorize all the spaces, at least not right away. So I drew new plans for each room based on Ikea products and tried to achieve the atmosphere I wanted in the first place. It took nearly 3 years, changes, rearranging. I finally feel good with the finished product, although it still needs painting here & there.

Paging through Ikea catalogue I found some of the pieces I have and thought I will make a scrapbook called “My Ikea” – pictures of products I have at my own home cut from the catalogue.

IKEA PS at home

We all know the famous product series IKEA PS 2012. What I found most inspiring is the visualization how the products could be incorporated in real homes. From big furniture to small accessories.
Here is some inspiration but the possibilities are endless. It is up to you and your imagination…

IKEA best of living/dining/kitchen designs 2013

Nowadays we live differently than we used to. Kitchen and dining area is often a part of living area, rooms have more than just one function. Workspace/bedrom…living room/bedroom…kitchen/workspace…or a studio with just one room with all the functions. In traditional houses there is a hallway with rooms leading of it, in homes now sometimes we walk straight into a living room or a kitchen. We use more & more multi-functional, flexible furniture and we use different, sometimes very creative, storage solutions.
Ikea has a good choice of furniture, from traditional to modern and multifunctional. Regardless of how you live or what your style is, chances are that you will find something for yourself.

Growing up in Poland in the 80’s, I remember that in every home you could find the same furniture. There was a very small choice. Now every visit to Ikea makes me appreciate the choice there is and in how many different ways it is possible to furnish the same space. What I love about my visits to the showroom the most, are apartment-like spaces: “living on 23 m2, 35 m2, 55 m2”. It feels homely there, I stretch on the couch, try out the bed…
Lot of inspiration for our own home to personalize it to match our needs and our taste.
After all, home is a reflection of who we are, our personality.

Here are my favorite picks. Enjoy!

The best of Ikea bedroom designs

The days shorter, the weather colder, less sun…signs of the autumn coming. Colorful leaves falling from the trees, the sun going down earlier means long evenings with candles burning, a glass of wine, comfortable pillows, warm throws and a good movie to watch.
It is time to change the bed covers from light summer ones to a bit warmer. This is the opportunity to have a look at our bedroom – the room we spend so much time but care so little about and usually neglect. As I always say, for me the bedroom is the most important room to get it right. It is the most private space which should have a relaxing, “feel good” atmosphere.
On the renewed IKEA website I found the latest bedroom inspirations and some of them look really inviting…