Design inspirations: Inga Sampé

Source: CovetED Magazine

Paris born, French designer Inga Sempe creates modern furniture, lighting, objects and fabrics with sleek minimal designs. After graduating from the prestigious ENSCI – Les Ateliers in 1993, she worked in the design industry until opening her own Paris studio in 2000. She has won several awards including the Grand Prix de la Création en design de la Ville de Paris in 2003, and was a scholarship holder from 2000 to 2001 at the Villa Medici, Académie de France in Rome. She currently works with big names such as Ligne Roset, Baccarat, Luce Plan and Artecnica.

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Q- First, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

A – I was born in Paris and I studied at the public school for industrial design ‘’Les Ateliers”. In 2000, I opened my own studio.

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Q-What is your favorite part of the design process?

A- When one is doing the technical drawings: it means that you know what you want do, so that the hardest part of the research is behind.

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Q – Please tell us more about your art and design background, and what made you become an artist and designer?

A-I got into design because I was, and I am, interested in daily life, its objects, and furniture. As a child I used to like to build small objects, and I always took care of the objects that were around me. It because quite evident to become a designer.

After school, I worked as an intern or assistant of Georges Sowden, Marc Newson and Andrée Putman before opening my own studio.

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Q-What was a movie or book that impressed you the most?

A-My favorite book is Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov. One cries, one laughs, one is surprised. Nothing is caricature in this book. It is not a societal portrait—it is a portrait of characters who are not meant to show an example or give a message. It is what I want from books: to be taken away, transported.


I’m fond of the movie Les parapluies de Cherbourg. To me is many things at once, a romance, a comedy, a drama; it is both audible and visual delight. One has to be clearly bold to make and produce such an audacious movie.

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Q-Can you describe your style and how that style has developed over the years?

A-How could someone answer such a question without looking pretentious? Life can be so heavy and painful that I just try to make objects that are light, but linked to daily life and industrial rules.

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