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Ruché's structure is in solid beech, either stained or natural. Inge Sempé wanted to offer a version in natural beech: natural wood is beautiful, qualitative, authentic; it's modern, and at the same time restful, for it is one of the rare natural elements which one can have in a living room. The angles of the feet are worked ‘en congé', which both refines them and protects the grain of the wood from shocks.
Upon its slim legs rests a thick mattress with distinctive quilting, a kind of boutis stitch or padding made using a cross-hatching of interrupted seams. Since the height of its armrests are the same as that of its back, one can just as easily sit sideways and stretch out one's legs: as a major refinement, the armrest is mounted on elastic webbing to enable the sitter to lean back in the greatest possible comfort.
<p>French designer, born in Paris, she graduated from ENSCI-Les Ateliers in 1993.</p> <p>Since then Sempé focusses on the design of furniture, lighting, objects and fabrics.</p> <p>From 2000 till 2001 she was scholarship holder at the Villa Medici, Académie de France in Rome and opened her own studio in Paris in 2000.<br />Sempé works among others for French companies such as Ligne Roset, Moustache, Domestic, Baccarat; Italian enterprises like LucePlan as well as scandinavian companies such as David Design, Hjelle, Almedahl's, and the american company Artecnica.</p> <p>She was awarded Grand Prix de la Création en design de la ville de Paris in 2003.</p> <p>Solo exhibition at the Musée des Arts décoratifs of Paris in 2003.</p> <p>She lives and works in Paris.</p>