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Serge Mouille

The evolution of Mouille in lighting design

In 1953, Jacques Adnet hired him to design lighting fittings, to which he devoted himself to the end of his life. Mouille designed large, angular, insect-like wall lamps and stand lamps with several arms and smaller and more curved wall sconces. He worked on achieving a kinetic, sculptural aesthetic that evoked the impression of movement in space. His designs from that period were shown mainly at the Steph Simon Gallery in Paris.

Inspired by nature

As a boy, the Mouille family spent their holidays at Serge's grandparents' farm, where his fascination with nature began. He often visited the Jardin des Plantes in Paris, where he was always curious and fascinated by the most intricate details of his mother's nature. He spent countless hours drawing the plants and animals he saw there. These details, the web of veins in the leaf, the way shells grow, as well as the joints and anatomy of animal skeletons later became the hallmarks of his works.


In 1955, he became a member of the Society of Decorators and the French National Society of Arts. In the same year, he received the Charles Plumet Prize for his work, and in 1958 he received an honorary diploma at the Brussels Expo. At the end of the decade, Mouille began designing institutional lighting and lighting design at the University of Antony, for schools in Strasbourg and Marseille, and for the Bizerte Chair. Also in the late 1950s, the invention of neon lights inspired Mouille to create a series of floor lamps that combined an incandescent lamp and fluorescence.


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