RUCHE BED
Inga Sempa Friday 13 May 2011

As with the Ruche settee, the Ruche bed is lifted from the ground by a simple, fine structure, which supports a comfortable sleep platform.

The structure of Ruche is in solid beech, either stained or natural. Inga Sempe insisted on offering a version in natural beech: "natural wood is beautiful, qualitative, authentic; it is modern, and at the same time restful, for it is one of the rare natural elements one can have in one's own home."

The angles of the feet are worked ‘en conge', which both refines them and protects the grain of the wood from shocks.

Upon its slim legs the headboard and frame of the Ruche bed are dressed with distinctive quilting, a kind of boutis stitch or padding made using a cross- hatching of interrupted seams. Alternately flattened by the stitches then set free, the fabric ‘curls' in places, giving rise both to its unique appearance and to its name, Ruche (a gathered or pleated fabric which serves as decoration on a piece of clothing).

The highlights arising from these changes in level are very rich and their shading varies depending on the fabric used. A plain cloth is enriched with reliefs, a velour captures light from every angle ... this quilting, simple and finely-worked, was the subject of much research and many trials, at the outset at Inga's sewing machine, then in the prototyping shop in Briord, on the seamstresses' professional-grade machines, and finally there were tests on the programmed sewing robot on which the beds were to be produced.

For Ligne Roset, Ruche also brings together the unusual and the traditional. The unusual thing about this piece is its solid wood structure, and the great traditional element: the quilting, the very heart of its savoir-faire. Its rangy uprights and the undulations of its duvet combine to produce a harmonious union of rigorous straight lines and soft, welcoming curves.

Slender and fine, Ruche is nonetheless soft and welcoming. Its quilting was developed with a view to offering great comfort. One can lean back against the headboard in complete comfort.

With high, buttoned headboards and raised sleep platforms fast becoming the desired features for luxury beds, the sheer originality and very personal approach of the Ruche bed brings complete renewal to a somewhat tired genre. That said, devotees of lower sleep platforms have not been forgotten.

In effect, the Ruche bed is offered in 2 widths (160 x 200 and 180 x 200) and 2 heights (headboard 110 or 85; bed frame 42 or 27 cm). Raised from the ground by its 4 legs, it makes vacuuming a breeze. Its frame accommodates all sorts of slatted bases and mattresses: thick mattresses are recommended.

The Ruche bed may be complemented by bedside tables and a bench for the foot of the bed.

Construction: Structure and legs in solid beech, reinforced by 3 cross-members in rectangular-section tubular steel 100 x 40 mm. Headboard in 3 layers of criss-cross slats. Protective gliders. Base offered in 3 finishes: matt varnished natural beech, or red or anthracite-stained beech.

Comfort: Headboard cushion in polyurethane foam 30 kg/m3 - 1.8 kPa.
Making-up: Cover quilted with 300 g/m2 polyester, hyper flexible polyurethane foam 30 kg/m3 - 18 kPa. The highly sophisticated execution of the quilting is achieved by a programmed sewing robot.
Fully removable covers.

Fabrics: Most plain fabrics can be used with the model Ruche: velours, wools, thick cloths, microfibres and leathers. Bedside table, bench and low table: Structure of top in natural beech multiply, either matt varnished or stained red or anthracite. Base in satin black lacquered steel. Basket in thick full-grain aniline-dyed matt finished Catala bullhide (choice of colours).

designer biog

Inga Sempa

<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>

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