Serge Mouille’s lamps are highly recognized and not in vain, their creator was one of most successful French lamps designers of the last century. At 15 he enrolled in the specialty of Metallurgy at the School of Applied Arts in Paris where he spent the next four years under the tutelage of sculptor Gilbert LaCroix. After finishing his studies he started working as an assistant to LaCroix.
Later, Serge Mouille he joined the French Resistance and after the war finally opened his own design metallurgical workshop, while he is teaching at the School of Applied Arts. Various utensils, including a car body, were produced during this time by the French designer.
But it was not until 1953 when Jacques Adnet hired him to develop lighting designs that wouldn’t start that phase of his life that he never left. He defined his lamps as a reaction to the popular Italian designs invading the market during the 50s and he considered too complicated.
Serge Mouille pursued a design inspired by nature and eroticism that evokes some movement and dynamism in space, with the idea of understanding the metallurgy in space. He never considered industrial production and each of his models was handmade.
Serge Mouille, conviction and talent
hemost iconic design among his creations is the screen in breast and nipple shape, with which he composed several lamps with different arms, wall sconces, table lamps, etc. The nipple was responsible for optimizing the reflection of light and hide the rear cabling.
Serge Mouille won several awards during the 50 and it was at the end of the decade when he began to receive important commissions, as the lighting project of various universities, the lounge of a cruise, Christian Dior salon, an embassy and the Cathedral of Bizerte in Tunisia.
The number of orders for Serge Mouille didn’t stop to grow from the 60s and he could no longer meet demand, besides suffering from tuberculosis. He was in the dilemma of choosing between industrializing the production that was until that moment completely handmade or stop teaching. In 1964 he stopped producing lamps and he dedicated to teaching until the day of his death.