From carpet to pullover

Inga Sempé für Golran

Mar 31, 2015
Photos © Golran

Nach Bertjan Pot und Raw Edges gestaltet nun Inga Sempé Teppiche für den israelischen Anbieter Golran. Wir haben bei der französischen Designerin nachgefragt, was uns erwartet.

Inga Sempé often lends her objects a poetic quality – with a twist. In the course of her career she has done pretty much everything imaginable in furniture design, from mushroom-shaped fabric luminaires (“PO/0202” for Cappellini) to fringed shelves (“Brosse” for Edra) to quilted sofas (“Ruché” for Ligne Roset). With the exception of carpets, despite Inga Sempé’s so obvious affinity for fabrics. Now the Israeli carpet manufacturer Golran has commissioned her with a rug collection. “Meteo” includes three different models: “Halo”, “Tumulte” and “Mirage” – featuring three designs each. We asked her what we can expect.

Martina Metzner: Ms. Sempé, have you turned your patterned pullover into a rug?

Inga Sempé: No, because I bought it afterwards and my carpets are far more delicate.

When the carpets are knotted the rug weavers often sing. What song would you like them to sing or listen to when working on one of your rugs?

Inga Sempé: Are you sure they sing? Isn’t it a European legend? If it’s true, then I would like them to sing “Music to watch girls go by”, which is what we always sing in my studio.

What items would you like to see placed on your carpet – and what not?

Inga Sempé: I wouldn’t place anything on them. But I don’t mind people mixing my objects with others that I don’t like. I am just a designer; not an interior designer nor a despot.

Salone Internazionale del Mobile
April 14 to 19, 2015
Milan, Rho trade-fair grounds
Hall 7, Booth A33