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Beau Fixe Seating by Inga Sempé for Ligne Roset

Nostalgia fueled the initial idea behind Inga Sempé’s Beau Fixe collection for Ligne Roset. Remembering her childhood times at the shore, Sempé would sit in elephant-like chairs with “ears” that let her snuggle up to them after swimming. Figuring out a way to modernize that idea without being stuck in nostalgia was a challenge that worked out beautifully for Sempé in an armchair, footrest, and two-seat settee.

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The pieces are made up of a metal structure and a quilt that is clamped into the jaws to keep it in place. The soft, puffy quilt becomes segmented into the seat, back, arms, and headrest once clamped making a comfortable place to rest. The clamps remain visible as they flow into the legs of the chair. The “ears” curl up around the head to create a cozy environment.

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Caroline Williamson is Editorial Director of Design Milk. She has a BFA in photography from SCAD and can usually be found searching for vintage wares, doing New York Times crossword puzzles in pen, or reworking playlists on Spotify.