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Serge Mouille
France, 1953

Lampadaire. Edition Madame Mouille.

French designer and goldsmith Serge Mouille (1922-1988) graduated from the School of Applied Arts in Paris in 1941, where he had studied to become a goldsmith. In 1945 opened his own metalworking studio. At that point his design commissions were mostly for handrails, chandeliers and wall sconces, but in 1953 Jacques Adnet hired him to design lighting fixtures, an art to which he devoted the rest of his life.

Throughout the 1950s Mouille designed large, angular wall mounted and standing lamps with several arms and smaller, more curved wall-sconces. He worked to achieve a kinetic, sculptural aesthetic that evoked a sense of movement in space. He resisted mass-market production in favor of crafting the lamps by hand and considered these light fixtures to be works of art. They were shown in the Steph Simon Gallery in Paris alongside his contemporaries Isamu Noguchi, Jean Prouvé  and Charlotte Perriand.

Mouille established the SCM (Société de Création de Modèles) in 1961 as a way to encourage young and emerging lighting designers. He worked and taught for the rest of his life, showing his lighting and jewelry at several exhibitions.

H 153 x W 80 x D 50 cm

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