Designer Profile: Inga Sempé
The aesthetic of designer Inga Semp© is a bit hard to pin down. In fact, she characterizes herself rather humbly: "I like working on daily mundane household objects and might come up with a new clever and useful solution."
1. Ruche Bed for Ligne Roset.
While Semp© seems to prize pragmatism and utility above all, she often ventures into innovative aesthetic terrain. Particularly with lighting, Semp©'s creations ably address a functional need while also establishing a compelling new look.
2. Hanging Lamp System for WÃ¤stberg
The Clamp and Vaporetto Lamps demonstrate this happy consilience. The former makes use of the classic form while adding a simple round base, thus morphing it into a clamp/table/wall lamp.
3. Clamp Lamp for WÃ¤stberg
A dead ringer for a half-inflated hot air balloon, Vaporetto employs the mechanical structure of pleats to achieve its singular look-"large self-supporting volumes that filter the light with a soft color effect."
4. Vaporetto Lamp for Moustache
Semp©'s textiles also evince a technician's eye and hand. The latest, Tara, is made of interconnecting and broken dashes and lines, evoking the ancient mysteries of cryptography, Seurat's Neo-Impressionist Pointillism, and the language of computers and math.
5. Tara Textile for Alcantara
She can also be strictly minimalist. Her Ã–sterlen Table and Chair for Swedish firm GÃ¤rsnÃ¤s is quintessentially Scandinavian-clean, slim lines and attention to detail highlight the purity and beauty inherent in unadorned wood.
6. Ã–sterlen Table and Chair for GÃ¤rsnÃ¤s
Then there's the Ruch© Armchair for Ligne Roset. The piece reveals Semp©'s sometime penchant for humor and whimsy: the asynchronous form topped with its languorous, lazing cushion accommodates various bodily positions as well as aesthetic preferences.
7. Ruch© Armchair for Ligne Roset
Inga Semp© has worked with many of the world's premier manufacturers, including Cappellini, Edra, Ligne Roset, Luceplan, and Moustache. Her work has been exhibited at the Design Museum in Holon, Israel; the London Design Museum; the Design Center of Madrid; and the Centre Georges Pompidou. She lives and works in Paris.
For additional information see Inga Semp©.
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