Design Under the Influence: The Serge Mouille Lamp

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Hello fellow LDV readers, it’s Erika from small shop! It has been quite a while since I’ve done a “Design Under the Influence” post, but I am back with an absolute fave piece of mine: the Serge Mouille lamp. No doubt you’ve been seeing these a lot lately and didn’t quite know much about it. It stands out, it catches your eye, but what’s the deal?
Serge Mouille (1922-1988) is a master silversmith out of the School of Applied Arts in Paris. But it wasn’t until the Steph Simon Gallery in Paris showcased his pieces next to Noguchi and Prouvé that actor Henry Fonda commissioned Mouille for a piece — the first U.S. piece.
Mouille’s most famous Three-Arm and Two-Arm ceiling, floor and wall lamps he has said were based on the female form, a reaction to the Italian models that had hit the scene during the 1950’s. Using his expertise in metallurgy, he drew on his fascination with musculature and skeletons to create insect-like pieces that evoke a minimal, sculptural, organic aesthetic with a sense of movement and fluidity.
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I love seeing this mid-century modern icon in contemporary spaces!
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Jenna Lyons
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Domino
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Jenna Lyons
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Pilar Roger
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Dalla Polvere
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Gorgeous, right? But at $2500-7500, the price may be a little steep for most of us. So I’ve gathered up some Mouille-inspired pieces for you on my blog today…go check them out!

14 thoughts on “Design Under the Influence: The Serge Mouille Lamp

  1. I did a post on these not too long ago and before that, I didn’t even know who made these. I wish they weren’t so pricey bc I LOOOOOVE them!!!! Thanks for finding some alternatives…I’m checking them out now xo

    • Disappointed with the lack of detail in my French re-edition purchase I set about making my own.
      If you want a very accurate hand made and finished recreation of the original 1950’s lights with all the original details have a look on gmwprojects.com
      It has taken me several years to find the artisans capable of making the components and to amortise the setup cost I ended up make more that I needed but guessed that there would be others who would like and good quality accurate copy. Can make the 2,3,and 4 arm sconces and soon the single arm.
      They sell for about a quarter the re-edition.

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