The Sofa Ruché

This sofa contains a secret. I need softness to satisfy my need for order and aesthetic expression. The stark wood base of this sofa is pure minimalism. But the upholstered, quilted blanket wrapping the minimalist frame is traditional and deliberately loose fitting.

The Sofa Ruché, for Ligne Roset, by French designer Inga Sempé, is a conceptual provocation, currently on display at maison et object 2010 in Paris. Inga says she is not interested in art but is fascinated by everyday things. She is the daughter of illustrator Jean-Jacques Sempé and painter and illustrator Mette Ivers-Sempé.

The blending of soft quilting curves with modern sleek geometry is unusual. A softened minimalism with forgiving edges. The goal? Make modern design less intimidating an easier to live with.