Inga sempé is a French designer who lives and works in Paris, she is a graduate of the Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Création Industrielle (ENSCI) in Paris, and she also took up a scholarship at the Villa Medici, Academie de France in Rome (2000-2001). Inga was awarded the Red dot design award in 2007 for her work, which is known for its lightness of touch, with a strong personality yet a particularly tactile nature. The idea for everyday use is at the centre of Sempés approach, and she often seeks out materials with unique properties to answer the need for a daily function.
With its romantic shade and clean, contemporary base, Inga Sempés Matin Table Lamp is as versatile as it is unique. This fresh take on a classic silhouette is at home in any environment, from the office to the bedroom.
A Q&A with HAY and Igna Sempé
What was your inspiration when designing this light?
I had in mind a flat packed lamp, specially designed for HAY. Easy mounting and easy to use, lively, soft and qualitative.
How did the design process start?
I always draw a lot and then we do a lot of mockups.
What about colour, how did you decide which colour to use?
I went into the fabric shops I have been visiting since I was a teenager and bought 50cm of Ribbon. I liked the colours. And then I tried to make some nice combinations.
What resources do you use when you are creating a design?
There are no resources behind my projects; No books, no museums. My way of working is to draw, which is a way to try and synthesize all I have seen in my life.
How would you describe your signature aesthetic?
I try to make simple, but not minimalistic objects with a particular character, that can please people from 20 years till 100 years old.