Serge Mouille Furniture

Serge Mouille (France, 1922–1988)

Instantly recognizable by their long slender armatures and domed, ovoid shades, the best-known lamps and lighting fixtures of Serge Mouille have become emblems of the organic design of the mid-20th century. Along with Jean Prouvé, Mathieu Matégot and others, Mouille brought a fresh, modern aesthetic to metalwork, one of the most tradition-bound mediums in the decorative arts.


Mouille (pronounced: MWEE) was born to a working Parisian family. At age 15, he took up studies in the metalworking atelier of that École des Arts Appliqués, under the tutelage of the goldsmith and sculptor Gabriel Lacroix. After graduating, in 1941, Mouille worked in Lacroix’s studio and began teaching at the School of Applied Arts four years later. In the early 1950s, bothered by the preponderance of new Italian lamps and chandeliers on the market and consumed with the belief that fixtures by Gino Sarfatti and others were unnecessarily complex, Mouille opened a lighting-design workshop. He quickly won commissions from several French schools and libraries. In 1956, the influential Paris gallerist Steph Simon — who also promoted Prouvé, Charlotte Perriand and Isamu Noguchi — began to show Mouille designs, introducing his work to private collectors. Mouille would continue making handcrafted lighting fixtures at a slow but steady pace until 1964, when he stopped working to begin a long course of treatment for tuberculosis. When it was completed, Mouille returned to teaching at the École des Arts Appliqués for the remainder of his career.


With the biomorphic shades and long armatures of his fixtures, Mouille created one of the most engaging and idiosyncratic lighting aesthetics of his time. Though often described as “insect-like,” his pieces have more in common with the fluid, buoyant forms in the paintings of Jean Arp. (Mouille designed several cylindrical or columnar lamps; though highly collectible, those are interesting outliers in his body of work.) As with Prouvé’s folded metal forms and Matégot’s perforated steel, Mouille brought a novel lightness and energy to metal furnishings. Since Mouille’s designs found renewed popularity in the early 2000s, licensed re-editions of his pieces are being produced. The disparity in price between vintage and current-day Mouille pieces is great. Older works — identification tip: the interior white reflective enameling has a yellowish cast — cost $20,000 to $40,000, and newer pieces go for 10 to 20 percent less than that. As you will see on these pages, Serge Mouille created icons of 20th century design — at once sleek, suave and friendly — that belong in any modern decor.

Three Library Ceiling Lights by Serge Mouille, France, 2005
Three Library Ceiling Lights by Serge Mouille, ...
Serge Mouille
Early 2000s Chandeliers and Pendants
Three Serge Mouille "Library" ceiling lights in black and white enameled metal each has an articulating shade with a brass fitting.
Black Thee-Arm Roating Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille
Black Thee-Arm Roating Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mo...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1980s Unknown Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Brass
Three-arm adjustable ceiling lamp in black lacquered aluminum and steel with brass ball joints by Serge Mouille. Signed. French, circa 1980.
Serge Mouille Desk Lamp

Serge Mouille Desk Lamp

By Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille Desk Lamp
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1960s French Table Lamps
Bronze
Serge Mouille, 1958, clamp Lamp with two ball and socket joints. Sculpted and painted metal with bronze hardware.
Serge Mouille 1950s Wall or Ceiling Lights
Serge Mouille 1950s Wall or Ceiling Lights
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Pair of Serge Mouille lights in sculpted and painted metal, bronze hardware.
Serge Mouille Brass and Black Aluminium Mid-Century Modern Flame Wall Lamp
Serge Mouille Brass and Black Aluminium Mid-Cen...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Wall lamp flame designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Measurements: 25 x  H 30 cm 9,9 D x 11,8 H inches Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 his widow Gin decided to ...
Serge Mouille Brass and Black Aluminium Mid-Century Modern Desk Lamp Cocotte
Serge Mouille Brass and Black Aluminium Mid-Cen...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Desk lamp Cocotte designed by Serge Mouille in 1957. Measurements: 24,5 x 30 x h34 cm 9,6 W x 11,8 D x 13,4 H inches Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 his widow...
Vintage Serge Mouille Applique
Vintage Serge Mouille Applique
Serge Mouille, Steph Simon
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Appliqué a bras pivotante (wall lamp with pivoting arm) of enameled steel and brass with enameled aluminum "Casquette" reflector and brass ball-and-socket joint. An original Atelier ...
Serge Mouille Agrafee Lamp
Serge Mouille Agrafee Lamp
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Table Lamps
Brass, Enamel, Steel
An original edition lamp, circa 1956. Beautiful original surface.
Agrafee Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
Agrafee Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
Clamp desk lamp. At 36 inches at its highest, these lamps may affix to many surfaces providing direct lighting where it is needed. The entire collection of licensed Serge Mouille ...
Vintage Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille, France, 1950s
Vintage Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille, France, 1950s
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Floor lamp, One Arm Designed by Serge Mouille, 1953. Aluminum, brass, steel. Measures: D 52.5 cm; W 47.5 cm; H 160 cm / D 20.67 in; W 18.7 in; H 62.99 in. Very good, original, vin...
Serge Mouille Pair of "Cachan" Sconces, 1957 Vintage Model, France
Serge Mouille Pair of "Cachan" Sconces, 1957 Vi...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Rare pair of vintage Cachan wall lights designed by Serge Mouille in 1957 and produced by Ateliers Mouille. Black and white lacquered metal is in good condition, some minor scratche...
Serge Mouille Single Shade Floor Lamp for Altelier Serge Mouille, France, 1950s
Serge Mouille Single Shade Floor Lamp for Altel...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Aluminum, Steel
The simplicity of this floor lamp makes it both beautiful and functional.
Serge Mouille Single Arm Pivoting Wall Light wi...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Aluminum
Another classic design by Serge Mouile, always designed with simplicity and functionality.
Serge Mouille Big TOTEM Floor Lamp
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary Spanish Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
Totem floor lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate show...
Double Swivel Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
The one straight arm, two swivels, is a perfect solution for smaller spaces as it offers a variety of lighting options. This sconce is highly adjustable, with brass swivels, on the b...
Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is a certified re-edition, produced by the family of Serge Mouille on the site of his original workshop. The shade of this lamp is modeled after a “moule” or mussel shel...
Serge Mouille Cocotte Desk Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is a certified re-edition, produced by the family of Serge Mouille on the site of his original workshop. An elegant triangular base supporting a slender, straight arm an...
Serge Mouille Spider Sconce Five Arms in Black
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is a certified re-edition, produced by the family of Serge Mouille on the site of his original workshop. A larger sconce with two identical long arms and three shorter a...
Serge Mouille Petite Saturne Sconce Lights, Fra...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Brass, Aluminum
Another unique and wonderful design from the renown French lighting designer Serge Mouille. The light has been designed to shield the bulb and the pivoting arm assists in controlling...
Serge Mouille Floor Lamp, Colonne Lumineuse "Si...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Bronze, Steel
Serge Mouille floor lamp - Colonne lumineuse "signal" Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate shown on the photo is ...
Large Signal Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum
Licensed edition from Serge Mouille’s original design, created in 1962. 10 years after producing his famous first designs, Mouille departed from naturalism and created a series of l...
Small Signal Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
Licensed edition from Serge Mouille’s original design, created in 1962. 10 years after producing his famous first designs, Mouille departed from naturalism and created a serie...
Serge Mouille Spider Ceiling Lamp 7 Arms
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Brass
This ceiling lamp is an authorized re-edition, produced by the Serge Mouille family at the site of his original workshop. With seven adjustable shade on fixed arms of different leng...
Serge Mouille Rotating Sconce Two Arms, One Curved
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is an authorized Re-edition, produced by Serge Mouille's family at the site of his original workshop. The long straight arm is 69 inches, allowing for illumination deep...
Rotating Sconce with One Straight Arm by Serge ...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
This sconce is a certified re-edition, produced by Serge Mouille's family at the site of his original workshop. Both stylish and practical, it can be used in many different design a...
Agrafee Desk Lamp, Double Swivel, by Serge Moui...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
Clamp desk lamp with pivoting arm. At 26 inches at their highest, these lamps may affix to many surfaces providing direct lighting where it is needed. Available in white or black. Br...
Double Swivel Sconce, by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
The one straight arm, two swivels, is a perfect solution for smaller spaces as it offers a variety of lighting options. This sconce is highly adjustable, with brass swivels, on the b...
Serge Mouille One Arm, Two Rotulas Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Bronze, Steel
One arm, two rotulas sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The ...
Applique Simple à Deux Bras by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Applique Simple à Deux Bras by Serge Mouille. Designed and manufactured by Ateliers Serge Mouille in France, circa 1970s. Enameled aluminum and steel. Arms articulate left/right. Rew...
Serge Mouille Brass and Aluminium Mid-Century M...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Wall lamp three rotating arms design by Serge Mouille in 1954. Measurements: 132 / 147 / 232 x H 108 cm 52 D / 58 D / 92 D x 42.5 H inches. Given the rarity of Serge Mouille l...
Serge Mouille Brass and Aluminium Mid-Century M...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Wall lamp three arms 'Spider' designed by Serge Mouille in 1954. Measurements: as per diagram. Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 his widow Gin decided to introdu...
Serge Mouille Brass and Black Aluminium Mid-Cen...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Wall lamp Antony designed by Serge Mouille in 1962. Measurements: 35 x H 41 cm 14 D x 16 H inches. On/off switch on base, reflector or hard wired (no switch). Base: round or ...
Serge Mouille Two Still Arms Ceiling Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Bronze, Steel
Two still arms ceiling sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. Th...
Small TOTEM Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1960s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Metal
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the TOTEM, he stacked cylindrical shades around a central lighting element. By alternating th...
Serge Mouille Spider Five Still Arms Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Spider five still arms sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. Th...
Pair of "Oeil" Sconces by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1970s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Metal
Original pair of oeil (eye) sconces by Serge Mouille. Designed and manufactured in France, circa 1970s. Enameled metal and brass. Rewired for US junction boxes. Each sconce takes one...
Serge Mouille White Two Rotating Straight Arms ...
Serge Mouille
2010s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Two rotating straight arms sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille/Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom 1000 exemplar of each model per year. Th...
Serge Mouille One Rotating Curved Arm Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
One rotating curved arm sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom 1000 exemplar of each model per year. ...
Serge Mouille Agrafée Simple Table Lamp, circa ...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Serge Mouille Agrafée simple table lamp, circa 1957 Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate shown on the photo is jus...
Serge Mouille Plafonnier "Escargot", circa 1955
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Serge Mouille Plafonnier "Escargot" 85 Øcm, circa 1955 Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate shown on the photo is ...
Ceiling Lamp with Six Rotating Arms in White, b...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Impressively large, this six-arm ceiling lamp is a Mouille Classic. Tilting and rotating heads with rotating arms of 31 and 54 inches make this fixture a truly spectacular statement ...
Falling Arm Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Metal
A chandelier as inspired as it is impressive, this new design departs significantly from the original Spider ceiling lamp, with five fixed arms of different lengths dropping from the...
Spider Sconce 7 Arms by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
The largest of the spider sconces, this lamp is not only unique in its design but equally impressive in an installation where it is the focal point of the room. Two identically long ...
Serge Mouille Desk Lamp Saturn
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Table Lamps
Brass, Steel
Licensed edition from Serge Mouille’s original design In 1957 Mouille release a variation of the Saturn sconce but as a desk lamp.
The Serge Mouille Three Arm Floor Lamp or Lampa...
Serge Mouille
Late 20th Century French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
The Lampadaire trois bras created in 1952 for the Compagnie des Arts français, at the urging of Jacques Adnet, who was keen to have a "large floor lamp but who also gave Serge M...
Serge Mouille, "TOTEM" Floor Lamp
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1960s French Minimalist Floor Lamps
Walnut
The TOTEM by Serge Mouille exist in two sizes. The big TOTEM 170 cm and the small TOTEM 117 cm. The fluorescent tube become apparent once switch on. Originally three colors. White, r...
Serge Mouille "Suspension" White Three Arms, On...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
"Suspension" white three arms, one rotating ceiling sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille or collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom 1000 exemplar of...
Set of Three Serge Mouille Bookshelf Ceiling Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Bronze, Steel
Bookshelf ceiling lamp designed by Serge Mouille / collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom, 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate...
Large TOTEM Standing Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the TOTEM, he stacked cylindrical shades around a central lighting element. By alternating th...
Medium Signal Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
Steel pedestals featuring a combination of incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Each glows through rhythmical cuts in solid panes. The upper part is composed of four elements ta...
Small Totem Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
In his post black shapes period, Serge Mouille experimented with color and columns. With the Totem, he stacked cylindrical shades around a central lighting element. By alternating th...
Saturne Desk Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Steel, Aluminum
Taking the planet as inspiration, this desk lamp is a unique source of light, comparable to an eclipse. At the time, it was a revolutionary piece of metal work. Mounted on a brass sw...
Large Signal Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Steel
Steel pedestals featuring a combination of incandescent and fluorescent lighting. Each glows through rhythmical cuts in solid panes. The upper part is composed of four elements ta...
Three-Arm Spider Sconce by Serge Mouille in Black
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
With three stationary arms projecting from the central mount into the room, this lamp becomes a reference point while illuminating the surroundings. Each lamp head tilts and revolves...
Rotating One Arm Curved Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
The one arm curved sconce is both stylish and practical as it can be used in many different design applications. The shade tilts and revolves on a brass fitting while the arm swings ...
Large Snail Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Steel
A snail shell provides the inspiration for this lamp with its swirling cut-out in the circular shade. Light projects downward through the opening while the shade causes light to refl...
Small Snail Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Steel
A snail shell provides the inspiration for this lamp with its swirling cut-out in the circular shade. Light projects downward through the opening while the shade causes light to refl...
Ceiling Lamp with Six Rotating Arms in Black an...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Impressively large, this six-arm ceiling lamp is a Mouille Classic. Tilting and rotating heads with rotating arms of 31 and 54 inches make this fixture a truly spectacular statement ...
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