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 [skipwords]New York[/skipwords] 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.