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.

Pair of "Oeil" Sconces by Serge Mouille
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 One Rotating Curved Arm Sconce Lamp
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 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 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.
Small TOTEM Floor Lamp by Serge Mouille
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 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...
Serge Mouille White Two Rotating Straight Arms Sconce Lamp
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 Agrafée Simple Table Lamp, circa 1957
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 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...
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 "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
Aluminum, Steel
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 ...
Standing Lamp with Three Arms in Black by Serge...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
This is the most versatile lamp of the Mouille collection. Each ‘chapeau’ shade can be oriented differently. Sculptural in form with three rotating arms, it stands majestically on a ...
Saturne Sconce by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Steel
A partial cut allows the outer edge to bend revealing a sculpted ring encircling a central cone reflector to both diffuse and project light into the room. The result is reminiscent o...
Three-Arm Ceiling Lamp in Black by Serge Mouille
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Simple and elegant, this ceiling lamp makes a dramatic addition to a variety of room settings. With three rotating arms of differing lengths and heads that revolve and tilt, this lam...
Serge Mouille Spider Ceiling Lamp with Five Arms
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and ...
Aluminum, Steel
Licensed re-edition produced by the family of Serge Mouille on the site of his original workshop. This ceiling lamp makes a dramatic addition to a variety of room settings. With f...
Two-Arm Ceiling Lamp by Serge Mouille in White
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Simple and unique this ceiling lamp has two symmetrical curved arms which are fixed, with shades that can be rotated to any position. An elegant lamp with a small footprint that give...
Standing Lamp with Three Arms in White by Serge...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Steel
This is the most versatile lamp of the Mouille collection. Each ‘chapeau’ shade can be oriented differently. Sculptural in form with three rotating arms, it stands majestically on a ...
Ceiling Lamp with Six Rotating Arms in Black by...
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 ...
Serge Mouille Three Rotating Arms Ceiling Lamp
Serge Mouille, Editions Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Flush Mount
Steel
Plaffonnier 3 brass Pivotants / three rotating arms ceiling lamp by Serge Mouille. Earlier edition from 2009 by Gin Mouille. Originally designed in 1958 and one of the most desired f...
Serge Mouille Three Rotating Straight Arms Scon...
Serge Mouille
Early 2000s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Three 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. ...
Serge Mouille Saturne Table Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Bronze, Steel
Saturne table 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 sh...
Serge Mouille Three Rotating Arms Floor Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Bronze, Steel
Three rotating arms 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 ce...
Serge Mouille Two Rotating Straight Arms Sconce...
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. The ...
Serge Mouille Anthony Small Sconce Lamp
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Bronze, Steel
Anthony small 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 certificate...
Serge Mouille "Antony" Sconces, France, 1953
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum
As with all of Mouille's designs this wall light is highly adjustable with the vertical sliding adjustment, horizontal swings and a pivoting shade. Sold individually or as a pair.
Set of Three Serge Mouille Bookshelf Ceiling Lamp
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Bronze, Steel
Set of three bookshelf ceiling lamp designed by Serge Mouille / collection Serge Mouille. Lacquered black in metal, also available in white. Made by hand in Mouille's original ...
Serge Mouille Brass and Aluminium Mid-Century M...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and ...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Ceiling lamp six rotating arms design by Serge Mouille in 1958. Measure: 280 x 170 x h60 cm 110.2 x 66.9 x 23.6 H inches. Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 his ...
Serge Mouille Brass and Aluminum Mid-Century Mo...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Sconce one rotating straight arm design by Serge Mouille in 1953. Measure: length 93 cm (36.6 inches) Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 his widow Gin decided to ...
Serge Mouille Brass and Aluminum Mid-Century Mo...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Sconce one arm 2 rotulas design by Serge Mouille in 1953. Measure: length 70 cm (27,6 inches) Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 his widow Gin decided to introduc...
Serge Mouille Brass and Black Aluminum Mid-Cent...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
Floor lamp three-arms design by Serge Mouille in 1952. Given the rarity of Serge Mouille lamps, in 1999 his widow Gin decided to introduce a series of number limited editions of h...
Serge Mouille Standing Lamp One Arm
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Floor Lamps
Brass, Bronze
Standing lamp one arm designed by Serge Mouille / collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom, 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate s...
Pair of Serge Mouille White Saturne Sconce Lamps
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Saturne sconce lamps designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per year. The certificate ...
Serge Mouille Tripod Lamp
Serge Mouille
Early 2000s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Tripod 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 shown on the ...
Serge Mouille Six Rotating Black and White Arms...
Serge Mouille
21st Century and Contemporary French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and ...
Bronze, Steel
Six rotating black and white arms ceiling sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each mod...
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. The ce...
Serge Mouille Five-Arm Wall Light, France, 1950s
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum
An extraordinary example of Mouille's work. The scale and delicacy of the spider like arms extending from the diminutive round mount creates a very impressive effect.
Serge Mouille Two Rotating Straight-Curved Arms...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Bronze, Steel
Two rotating straight-curved arms sconce lamp designed by Serge Mouille / Collection Serge Mouille. Made by hand in Mouille's original workroom - 1000 exemplar of each model per y...
Serge Mouille "Murale" Pivoting Two-Armed Wall ...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Wall Lights and Sconces
Aluminum, Brass, Steel
An extraordinary light by the renown French lighting designer Serge Mouille. This light like so many of his creations allows remarkable versatility with the ability to position the ...
Rare Pair of Original Antony Lamps, Serge Mouil...
Serge Mouille
Vintage 1950s French Mid-Century Modern Table Lamps
Metal
The Antony model desk lamp was designed and created in 1955 for the student dormitories of Antony Hall of residence. 296 individual lamps were completed and only 60 are known to hav...
Spider Ceiling Lamp with Five Arms by Serge Mou...
Serge Mouille
2010s French Mid-Century Modern Chandeliers and Pendants
Aluminum, Steel
Elegance in form and function are hallmarks of a Serge Mouille lamp. This ceiling lamp with rotating heads on five fixed arms is the perfect compromise between illuminating an interi...
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