Plain and Sempé

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February 26, 2009

A maker of unfussy, elegant design objects, Inga Sempé delights in things both great and small—even if she doesn’t own any.

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  Inga Sempé stands aloof and alight by both the tall and short versions of the Lampe Plate for Cappellini in 2001.  Photo by: Jessica Antola
    Inga Sempé stands aloof and alight by both the tall and short versions of the Lampe Plate for Cappellini in 2001.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  Sempé’s Grande Lampe Plissée for Cappellini.  Photo by: Jessica Antola
    Sempé’s Grande Lampe Plissée for Cappellini.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  Bougeoirs for Baccarat.  Photo by: Jessica Antola
    Bougeoirs for Baccarat.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  The Moël armchair for Ligne Roset.  Photo by: Jessica Antola
    The Moël armchair for Ligne Roset.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  Sempé’s Lampe Extensible for Cappellini.  Photo by: Jessica Antola
    Sempé’s Lampe Extensible for Cappellini.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  Her Etagère à double accès, a prototype designed for the VIA Carte Blanche grant, serves 
as an airy space divider, book or object shelf, and art piece.  Photo by: Jessica Antola
    Her Etagère à double accès, a prototype designed for the VIA Carte Blanche grant, serves as an airy space divider, book or object shelf, and art piece.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  Sempé’s Rangements Brosse, for Edra, is a swishy number that conceals objects flippantly and easily with its flapper-like skirt, exemplifying the designer’s lighter side.  Photo by: Jessica Antola
    Sempé’s Rangements Brosse, for Edra, is a swishy number that conceals objects flippantly and easily with its flapper-like skirt, exemplifying the designer’s lighter side.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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  The Stepladder Chair, designed for the VIA Carte Blanche grant, expresses Sempe's love of functionality.  Photo by: Jessica Antola
    The Stepladder Chair, designed for the VIA Carte Blanche grant, expresses Sempe's love of functionality.

    Photo by: Jessica Antola

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