Serge Mouille

(1922 - 1988)

About The Artist


Internationally renowned French industrial designer Serge Mouille created sculptural masterpieces of lighting. His precocious talent began at the tender age of fifteen in 1937, when he began the study of silversmithing and metallurgy under renowned Parisian silversmith, Gabriel Lacroix. While teaching at the silversmith department in 1952 at the l’Ecole des Arts Appliquè in Paris, his work came to the attention of internationally renowned French designer Jacques Adnet, who saw the potential in Mouille’s experiments and discoveries with metal. Adnet subsequently commissioned the young designer to conceive and develop a system of lighting. The resulting designs were bold in their simplicity and unlike many competitors, were highly focused on functionality and versatility. Mouille’s other great obsession was the versatility of his designs. He understood that a lamp has the power to bring a room to life and intended for his designs to be used in as many different ways as possible within an interior. Each of his lamps was handmade until his designs became so popular that he was forced to introduce mechanization to the process. Unable to compromise his design integrity, he decided to cease production of the range and concentrate on teaching full time at the École des Arts Appliqués, where he remained until his death in 1988. Due to his exacting standards and arts and crafts sensibilities, the world is left with only a finite number of original works by Serge Mouille.

 

Pralus, Emile-Pierre, Serge Mouille: Un Classique Francais 1922-1988. Paris: Mont Thou Editions, 2006.
Serge Mouille Luminaires 1953-1962. Paris: Galerie 1950, 1983.

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