Today was one of those days ... the kind of day where leaving my apartment was delayed by a few extra aggravating minutes because I couldn’t find my keys. Or my cell phone. Or my wallet.

Although I was certain my misplaced stuff was not hidden away somewhere in my living room sofa, it was, of course, the first place I checked. It’s just one of those weird domestic reflexes. Something go missing? It’s probably buried in the couch.


Japanese architect/designer Daisuke Motogi's Lost In Sofa is a clever spin on the “couch as a black hole” concept. It’s a comfy-looking, cleverly designed armchair (not actually a sofa as advertised) that enables you to actually stash (and hopefully not lose) living room clutter — remote controls, books, a coffee mug, phones, magazines, etc. – in its cracks.

The concept is faithful to the space-sensitive “less is more” design aesthetic where a single piece of furniture takes on multiple functions and auxiliary — and often extraneous — furnishings like end tables and remote control caddies are rendered obsolete (I'm guessing TreeHugger founder Graham Hill would appreciate something like this in his LifeEdited apartment in New York City).

Says Motogi of his design:

Things often get lost under the sofa. It's ordinary for a coin which slipped out of your pocket, 
or a never-to-be-found remote to be accidentally found in between/underneath the sofa cushions. 
Maybe you'll find a forgotten 10,000yen bill that you once hid there...
So, what do you think of the Lost In Sofa? It is a clever and totally functional seating/storage option? Or do you think it would be impossible to survive without couch caddies, bookshelves, and coffee tables? 

Matt Hickman ( @mattyhick ) writes about design, architecture and the intersection between the natural world and the built environment.

A sofa designed for organizing, not misplacing
Couch caddies? We don't need no stinkin' couch caddies. Stash your living room clutter in the Lost In Sofa, an armchair that also acts as a storage unit/bookshe