The temperature will certainly rise several degrees at any dinner party with this new table from Inga Sempé. La Chapelle Big is a natural centrepiece and an iconic approach to the grand supper table.

I just had a chance to talk to Inga Sempé about here new table. Here follows our conversation in short;

Inga, Please let me know your idea behind the table.

I wanted to design a table that would look neither technical nor cold or minimalistic. I wanted something with grace, like someone who is not perfect but has some charm. And because of the huge length of the top, I concentrated on proportions that would not make it look heavy, with emptiness. I don’t like visually heavy objects. After I had designed the first side tables in the series, I realised that the graphic structure resembling that of the nice garbage bins in the Luxembourg garden in Paris, a place that I remember since my childhood.

Who do you see sitting around the table?

Ugly, young, heavy, beautiful, old and stupid people, and around a dirty dog who tries to catch the food on the table. I would prefer Vladimir Putin not to buy one, because he already has a lamp I did for Cappellini in his St Petersburg castle. He invited Bush and his wife to have dinner and the picture was published in the daily french Liberation. I was a little ashamed.


Is gathering around a dining table important for you?

For me, yes, but not for a long, because I hate sitting a long time around a table, cause I’m not patient at all, and I need to be on my own. For instance, I really don’t like to have people coming to have dinner at home, because they like to stay late, whereas I need to go to bed when we’ve finished eating. But I don’t design objects for my use. And many people love to organize long dinners with many people.

Do you have a suggestion for a nice chair to use with the table?

No, when I design an object, I don’t think like an interior architect. I like people to use a chair that they would like, even if I would not like it. I don’t do prescription.


Inga Sempé is one of my favourite designers. She has a very personal design style that attracts me a lot. And what’s really nice is that Inga Sempé also is a contributor to the David Report blog. The table is produced by my old company David Design.


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