History Lesson: Serge Mouille Lamp
Serge Mouille (1922 – 1988) was a French industrial designer and goldsmith. He is best known for his light fixture designs.
“Serge Mouille made each of his lamps by hand and never used machine technology to maximize production numbers.”
“A Serge Mouille lamp is as much a work of art as it is a source of illumination.”
“Serge Mouille designed his angular, insect-like lights as “a reaction to the Italian models that were beginning to invade the market in 1950,” which he criticized for being “too complicated.” His large-scale Three-Arm Floor Lamp (1952) has a kinetic, sculptural aesthetic that evokes a sense of movement in space. All of the arms can be rotated in various directions, allowing for ample, well-directed lighting for any task. Mouille designed the Three-Arm Lamp for a client whose instructions were simply, “I want a big light because I have clients in South America who have huge rooms.” All of his lighting solutions feature Mouille’s hallmark signatures as a designer: the way the arms are joined to the diffusers, the washer and six-sided screw hardware, the form of the reflectors, and the refined lines of the steel tubing. All of his products are made in France.”
The Philosophy of Serge Mouille
“Pragmatic art or the creation of an artistic representation that also has a necessary function is at the heart of what Serge Mouille and the company that carries his name have achieved over time with some of the most iconic lamps available today. Until you need to choose one for a particular space, a lamp is often an overlooked accessory in a room. However, walk into a room with a poorly chosen lamp and it is noticed immediately. Or, walk into a room with just the right lamp and it goes from an accessory to part of the furniture that creates the perfect ambiance and feeling in a space.”
“The lamps from Serge Moulle are certainly a furnishing and not a mere accessory. Each lamp is simple at first glance, but as with most artistic renderings, a closer examination shows that there is a complexity that is easy to overlook. A Serge Moulle lamp has versatility and grace whether examining metal lighting fixtures, wall sconces, or another design. Some lamps can be adjusted to allow one part of even a small room to sit in the shadows, while that same lamp can be used, with a relatively minor and certainly simple adjustment can illuminate every nook and cranny.
It should not be the purpose of the lighting in a room to be the focal point of attention. A great lamp can be simplistic in design, yet that same design can have an artistic bent, and serve its own in different ways. It is not the fault of Serge Mouille or his company that his lamps and lights are dramatic in their usefulness while being so sleek in the design that they cannot escape your guests’ attention.”
“Serge Mouille offers modern design lighting, modern lighting, mid-century modern lamps, modern light fixtures and more. There is a wide selection of lighting, lighting fixtures, and sconce lamps that fit every décor, every style, and every space.”
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