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Serge Mouille

Serge Mouille (1922-1988) was a French lighting designer and goldsmith. He is best known for his mid-century modern lamps, which were commonly crafted from metal that was painted black. Serge Mouille designs can be described as minimalistic, with sleek, simple lines and an emphasis on practicality and function. One example of this can be seen in the Tripod desk lamps, which have an insect-like design and are crafted from matte black metal. Mouille opened his first workshop in 1945 after years of study. Although he planned to make metal flatware, he soon developed an interest in lighting. His research into the lighting industry began in 1953, and in 1955 he was inducted into the Société des artistes décorateurs, a prominent French organization for designers. In 1956, Serge Mouille lighting appeared in Steph Simon’s high-end art gallery, which gave the designer a great deal of exposure and led to commissions from universities throughout France, including the University of Aix-Marseille. Serge Mouille stopped his design work in 1959 due to tuberculosis. In 1961, he had an exhibition of modern lighting at the Salon des arts menagers French trade show. It would be his final design, as all Serge Mouille lamps and light fixtures ceased production in the same year. Today, Serge Mouille lighting is highly collectible with decorators and designers around the world.