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Serge Totem

Serge Mouille - Small Totem Floor Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Serge Mouille, "TOTEM" Floor Lamp, Tall Model
By Serge Mouille
Located in London, GB
The TOTEM by Serge Mouille exist in two sizes. The big TOTEM 170 cm and the small TOTEM 117 cm. The
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Vintage 1960s French Minimalist Floor Lamps

Materials

Walnut

Serge Mouille Large TOTEM Column Floor Lamp
By Editions Serge Mouille, Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp model 'Large TOTEM Column Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Manufactured by
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21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Serge Mouille - Small Totem Floor Lamp in Black
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his Post Black Shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Serge Mouille - Large Totem Floor Lamp in Black
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his Post Black Shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Serge Mouille, "TOTEM" floor Lamp. Small model 117 cm
By Serge Mouille
Located in London, GB
The TOTEM by Serge Mouille exist in two sizes. The big TOTEM 170 cm and the small TOTEM 117 cm. The
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Vintage 1960s French Minimalist Floor Lamps

Materials

Walnut

Serge Mouille - Black Large Totem Floor Lamp - IN STOCK!
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his Post Black Shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Small Totem Column Floor Lamp
By Editions Serge Mouille, Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp model 'Small Totem Column Lamp' designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Manufactured by
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Large and Small Totem Column Floor Lamp Set
By Editions Serge Mouille, Serge Mouille
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Floor lamp models 'Large Totem Column Lamp' and 'Small Totem Column Lamps' set designed by Serge
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum

Column Lamp Large Totem by Serge Mouille
Located in Geneve, CH
Column lamp large totem by Serge Mouille Dimensions: D16 x H173 cm Materials: Steel, Glass One
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2010s French Post-Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Column Lamp Small Totem by Serge Mouille
Located in Geneve, CH
Column lamp small totem by Serge Mouille Dimensions: D16 x H117 cm Materials: Steel, Glass One
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2010s French Post-Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Albert Chubac, TOTEM Sculpture, circa 1980, France
By Albert Chubac
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Albert Chubac (1920-2008), TOTEM sculpture, Unique piece, Iron and plexiglass, circa 1980, France
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Iron

Albert Chubac, Sculpture, "TOTEM", Painted Iron, circa 1980, France
By Albert Chubac
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Olympia Show in London at the Christopher Jones Gallery and at the Serge Castella Interiors Gallery in
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Vintage 1980s French Mid-Century Modern Mobiles and Kinetic Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Albert Chubac 1925-2008, Sculpture, circa 2008, France
By Albert Chubac
Located in Nice, Cote d' Azur
Albert Chubac, Modular TOTEM, Iron and Plexiglass, circa 2008, France. Measures: Width 80 cm x
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Early 2000s French Mid-Century Modern Abstract Sculptures

Materials

Iron

Serge Mouille - Small Totem Floor Lamp
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the TOTEM
Category

21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Metal

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Large TOTEM Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
By Serge Mouille
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Large Totem Standing Lamp by Serge Mouille
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his Post Black Shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem
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Large TOTEM Standing Lamp by Serge Mouille
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the TOTEM
Category

2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Steel

Large Totem Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem
Category

Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

Materials

Aluminum, Steel

Serge Mouille Floor Lamp, Large TOTEM in Black, in Stock!
By Serge Mouille
Located in Stratford, CT
In his Post Black Shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem
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21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps

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Steel

Serge Mouille Mid-Century Modern Large TOTEM Column Floor Lamp
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Serge Totem For Sale on 1stDibs

Choose from an assortment of styles, material and more with respect to the serge totem you’re looking for at 1stDibs. Each serge totem for sale was constructed with extraordinary care, often using metal, aluminum and steel. There are 5 variations of the antique or vintage serge totem you’re looking for, while we also have 9 modern editions of this piece to choose from as well. You’ve searched high and low for the perfect serge totem — we have versions that date back to the 20th Century alongside those produced as recently as the 21st Century are available. When you’re browsing for the right serge totem, those designed in Mid-Century Modern styles are of considerable interest.

How Much is a Serge Totem?

The average selling price for a serge totem at 1stDibs is $10,712, while they’re typically $4,801 on the low end and $17,797 for the highest priced.

A Close Look at Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Organically shaped, clean-lined and elegantly simple are three terms that well describe vintage mid-century modern furniture. The style, which emerged primarily in the years following World War II, is characterized by pieces that were conceived and made in an energetic, optimistic spirit by creators who believed that good design was an essential part of good living.

ORIGINS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

CHARACTERISTICS OF MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGN

MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNERS TO KNOW

ICONIC MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE DESIGNS

VINTAGE MID-CENTURY MODERN FURNITURE ON 1STDIBS

The mid-century modern era saw leagues of postwar American architects and designers animated by new ideas and new technology. The lean, functionalist International-style architecture of Le Corbusier and Bauhaus eminences Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius had been promoted in the United States during the 1930s by Philip Johnson and others. New building techniques, such as “post-and-beam” construction, allowed the International-style schemes to be realized on a small scale in open-plan houses with long walls of glass.

Materials developed for wartime use became available for domestic goods and were incorporated into mid-century modern furniture designs. Charles and Ray Eames and Eero Saarinen, who had experimented extensively with molded plywood, eagerly embraced fiberglass for pieces such as the La Chaise and the Womb chair, respectively. 

Architect, writer and designer George Nelson created with his team shades for the Bubble lamp using a new translucent polymer skin and, as design director at Herman Miller, recruited the Eameses, Alexander Girard and others for projects at the legendary Michigan furniture manufacturer

Harry Bertoia and Isamu Noguchi devised chairs and tables built of wire mesh and wire struts. Materials were repurposed too: The Danish-born designer Jens Risom created a line of chairs using surplus parachute straps for webbed seats and backrests.

The Risom lounge chair was among the first pieces of furniture commissioned and produced by legendary manufacturer Knoll, a chief influencer in the rise of modern design in the United States, thanks to the work of Florence Knoll, the pioneering architect and designer who made the firm a leader in its field. The seating that Knoll created for office spaces — as well as pieces designed by Florence initially for commercial clients — soon became desirable for the home.

As the demand for casual, uncluttered furnishings grew, more mid-century furniture designers caught the spirit.

Classically oriented creators such as Edward Wormley, house designer for Dunbar Inc., offered such pieces as the sinuous Listen to Me chaise; the British expatriate T.H. Robsjohn-Gibbings switched gears, creating items such as the tiered, biomorphic Mesa table. There were Young Turks such as Paul McCobb, who designed holistic groups of sleek, blond wood furniture, and Milo Baughman, who espoused a West Coast aesthetic in minimalist teak dining tables and lushly upholstered chairs and sofas with angular steel frames.

As the collection of vintage mid-century modern chairs, dressers, coffee tables and other furniture for the living room, dining room, bedroom and elsewhere on 1stDibs demonstrates, this period saw one of the most delightful and dramatic flowerings of creativity in design history.

Finding the Right floor-lamps for You

The modern floor lamp is an evolution of torchères — tall floor candelabras that originated in France as a revolutionary development in lighting homes toward the end of the 17th century. Owing to the advent of electricity and the introduction of new materials as a part of lighting design, floor lamps have taken on new forms and configurations over the years. 

In the early 1920s, Art Deco lighting artisans worked with dark woods and modern metals, introducing unique designs that still inspire the look of modern floor lamps developed by contemporary firms such as Luxxu

Popular mid-century floor lamps include everything from the enchanting fixtures by the Italian lighting artisans at Stilnovo to the distinctly functional Grasshopper floor lamp created by Scandinavian design pioneer Greta Magnusson-Grossman to the Paracarro floor lamp by the Venetian master glass workers at Mazzega. Among the more celebrated names in mid-century lighting design are Milanese innovators Achille and Pier Giacomo Castiglioni, who, along with their eldest brother, Livio, worked for their own firm as architects and designers. While Livio departed the practice in 1952, Achille and Pier Giacomo would go on to design the Arco floor lamp, the Toio floor lamp and more for legendary lighting brands such as FLOS

Today’s upscale interiors frequently integrate the otherworldly custom lighting solutions created by a wealth of contemporary firms and designers such as Spain’s Masquespacio, whose Wink floor lamps integrate gold as well as fabric fringes. 

Visual artists and industrial designers have a penchant for floor lamps, possibly because they’re so often a clever marriage of design and the functions of lighting. A good floor lamp can change the mood of any room while adding a touch of elegance to your entire space. Find yours now on 1stDibs.