Michel Ducaroy was born in 1925, into a family of designers and furniture makers whose activities
were split between private houses and larger-scale contracts (liners, exhibitions, official buildings).
Drawing from his background he trained at the Ecole Nationale des Beaux Arts in Lyon, and in the family business, before branching out alone as an independent designer in 1952.
Since his first contact with the Roset company
in 1954, Michel Ducaroy has rapidly become one of their most integral designers. In the early days of Ligne Roset he was by far one of the company’s key attributes in pushing the technological boundaries.
In 1968 he designed one of the first modular all-foam chairs, the low-sitting Adria, and then amongst others Kashima and Safi, which had large cushions on a frame of altuglass.
It was in 1973, that he designed the now iconic Togo. A range of all-foam seating with covers generously quilted with polyester: this collection, with its unique design, will fit comfortably into almost any interior and remains one of Ligne Roset’s best-sellers to this day.
To celebrate the model’s 33rd birthday, the Togo is now also available with arms.
Photo © Christophe Schneider