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January 16, 2015
by Serge Mouille
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5 Reasons to Buy A Serge Mouille

In the market for some new lighting at your home? If so, and if you want to make a statement, then Serge Mouille lighting fixtures could be perfect for you. With a wide array of metal lighting fixtures and modern light fixtures to choose from, you’ll be sure to find something that suits your tastes. Read on to explore the top 5 reasons to choose a Serge Mouille.

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1. Designs to Suit Any Space

Whether you want to accomplish a modern feel, contemporary look, or just about anything in between, you’ll find a Serge Mouille that meets your tastes. You’ll be sure to find a lighting fixture that accentuates the current look and feel of your space.

2. Unique Character

All of Serge Mouille’s lighting fixtures have their own unique style and character. In this sense, you can make a statement in your home with a lighting fixture alone. This simply cannot be said of many other designer lighting options.

3. Space Efficient

Serge Mouille offers a number of space-saving light options for your home. For instance, there’s the space-saving Serge Mouille totem pole lamp, perfect for floor or table placement and available in a number of sizes.

4. Versatile Usage

In your home, you should have plenty of versatile lighting, ranging from task lighting for your home office to mood lighting for your entertainment spaces. Serge Mouille helps you cover all your bases for lighting fixtures to meet all your needs.

5. True Works of Art

Finally, when you purchase a Serge Mouille, you’re not just buying a lamp; you’re purchasing a true work of art. Believe it or not, Serge himself was a graduate of the School of Applied Arts, and incorporated many artistic design principles into his lighting fixtures.

January 13, 2015
by Serge Mouille
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4 Beautiful Light Designs For Your Living Space

The light fixtures you use throughout your home control the ambiance in each room. After all, light intensity, location and appearance directly influences the way people feel when they enter your living space. Thankfully, you can play around with light options by investing in a wide variety of wall sconces, floor lamps, ceiling mounts and desk lights.

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Wall Sconces

Modern sconces attach directly to the walls in your home to illuminate tight spots, such as corners and hallways. Sconces also look really regal when placed above the fireplace mantle or in the entryway. This fixture type may have anywhere from one bulb housing to seven separate arms.

Floor Lamps

Floor lamps slip behind furniture to provide a bit of light over favored reading, dining or conversation spots. The fixture designs range from minimalistic to artistic to fit nearly any type of decor. Within these designs, the bulb may shine through narrow slats or sit under a decorative hood.

Ceiling Mounts

Ceiling mounted fixtures have long been used as a centerpiece for the room. The light naturally draws the eye upward to allow visitors to revel in the complex, beautiful designs. Modern ceiling lamps may feature several arms with single bulbs or simply showcase a gorgeous cutout design in an individual fixture. You can customize the drop height to control the intensity and spread of light coming from the bulbs.

Desk Lights

A desk lamp gives you just the right amount of light in areas where it’s needed without encroaching on rest spots. Desk lamps pivot around, so you can shine the light brightly on your work area. The lampshades used for this fixture type may look like a beautiful flower or stunning dome. The extreme portability of the lamp makes it easy to experiment with placement or simply move the light when you need it elsewhere.

Choosing The Best Configurations

Think deeply about how you use rooms and sitting areas throughout your house to find the perfect lamp types for each space. If you have intricate hobbies that require bright light, use a combination of desk and floor lamps to illuminate the area appropriately. On the other hand, if you want a nice conversational space, use a low drop ceiling lamp over your dining room table for soft lighting that promotes relaxation and calm.

January 7, 2015
by Serge Mouille
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Five Easy Ways to Welcome the New Year With Light!

The busy holiday season has passed and a new year has just arrived. Although the start of a brand new year holds the promise of the future, it can be hard to feel the magic during the gloomy days of winter that surround its arrival. Lighting can be the key you need to rid your home of this gloom and create an oasis of warmth and energy that will get your new year off to a great start. Here are five easy ways to do it!

modern lighting One: Make the Most of Natural Light

Not only is natural light great for lifting our spirits, it is free and easy to work with. Uncover windows and add mirrors and reflective surfaces to pull the light in and maximize the effect. If privacy is an issue, use sheer fabric panels to replace heavy drapes or blinds. This will allow the light to shine through, while maintaining privacy.

Two: Banish Darkness with Ambient Light

When the natural light fades at sunset, having a sufficient amount of ambient light can create a feeling of warmth and comfort, even on the coldest winter evenings. Replace gloomy, outdated ceiling fixtures with modern ceiling lamps to create a wash of light in the room. Use additional floor and table lamps to banish shadows and add extra warmth in corners and seating arrangements.

Three: Use Light to Energize Task Areas

The focused, concentrated beam of well-placed task lighting can help brighten the areas where we do meal preparations, attend to personal hygiene or balance the checkbook. To be most effective, choose task lighting that serves as a beautiful focal point, even when not in use.

Four: Use Accent Lighting as a Decorating Tool

The entire looks of a room can be changed by adding well-chosen accent lighting to magnify interest. Add warmth by using accent lighting to highlight a group of family photos or to add interest to architectural features.

Five: Create a Welcoming Entrance with Sconces

Even the coldest of nights will feel much warmer when your home’s entry way is highlighted by modern sconces. Use them to frame a beautiful hall table or bench or place them on either side of the door to welcome guests into your home.

No matter what you hope your new year will bring, keeping it bright and light-filled is a great way to make it a year to remember!

 

December 28, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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2015 Modern Lighting Trends

Modern light fixtures are some of the best ways to embrace great design trends for your home and put a little bit of your own personality on display at the same time. Though modern lighting is definitely designed to be as functional as possible, it is also something of an art form in and of itself. The right light fixture is something that should be appreciated in much the same way as a painting, for example. If you’re looking to expand the design of your home to include some of these modern light fixtures, there are a few key modern lighting trends for 2015 that you’ll definitely want to pay attention to.

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One of the major modern lighting trends for 2015 is coming right out of Europe. Many metal lighting fixtures with European designs feature intricately placed crystals. These crystals are designed to bring a type of chic quality into interior design and create the best possible room in the process. Crystal fixtures are great for a number of reasons, including the fact that they are both timeless and elegant.

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Another major modern lighting trend for 2015 sees the definition of “modern” expand into something completely new. Many designers are taking the best qualities of modern light fixtures and infusing them with old lighting ideas that are influenced by both periods and cultures from generations past. These create lighting designs that are not only functional, but are also infinitely impressive at the same time.

Finally, another important modern lighting trend for 2015 sees the role of the traditional lamp elevated to that of a statement creator in a room. Lamps with bold designs are seen as a fashion statement by many. The right lamp on your end table will immediately create a long lasting impression whenever someone walks into your home.

December 15, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Serge Mouille Lighting: Spotting A Fake

Serge Mouille was an industrial designer and goldsmith of French descent. He lived from 1922 to 1988 and in his time designed some of the most famous modern light fixtures that have ever been created. In terms of modern lighting, Serge Mouille officially licensed pieces attract a huge amount of attention due to their visual design, aesthetic and the overall quality of their construction. With that popularity comes a seedy underbelly, however, as a wide variety of different fake pieces have also flooded the market. If you’re trying to identify a fake Serge Mouille piece, there are a number of important things that you’ll need to keep in mind.

Counterfeit sign-web copy

One of the most important things to remember about spotting a fake Serge Mouille piece comes by way of the signature that usually adorns modern lighting fixtures. Many people assume that if Mouille’s signature is on the piece, it must be the genuine article. In reality, however, the reverse is true. Mouille has always been referred to as a very modest man who had little to not interest in fame of any type. Additionally, very few designers during the period that Mouille operated in signed their work at all because the superstar designer was a concept that simply didn’t exist then. As a result, if a piece claims to be genuine and sports a Serge Mouille “signature,” it is indeed a complete fake.

Another way to spot a fake Serge Mouille piece has to do with paying close attention to certain small idiosyncrasies that are present in the types of items commonly found online. Experts agree that no two genuine Serge Mouille pieces are identical – therefore, if you find an item online that purports to contain two or more identical pieces, you are really looking at counterfeit items.

December 4, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Creating The Perfect Living Space

The way you light a living room is nearly as important as the furnishings you use or the way you arrange them. Without proper lighting, even the most attractive furnishings can appear dull, indescribable or downright drab. To turn on the fabulous, take notice of these living room decorating and design tips.

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Provide Options

Always provide more options for lighting than the bare minimum. An abundance of lighting choices subtly communicates prosperity and a plethora of resources. How delightful it is to exist in a room where one is not relegated to sitting in a corner to read a book, simply because that is the only place that has sufficient over the shoulder lighting. Instead, offer several lighting options in your living room. Provide a source of light in each of the four corners, and in any alcoves that may present. Excellent choices for area lighting in the living room include the modern light fixtures that can be found in the Serge Mouille collection of floor lamps. These metal lighting fixtures are adjustable from every angle, making them suitable for reading, party games, lively discussion and more.

Be Practical

Naturally, there will be those times when you’ll simply want the entire living room to be lit up with a minimum of shadows. For those instances, be sure you provide practical lighting such as one of Serge Mouille’s spider ceiling lamps. These lamps can be artfully arranged so that no area of your living room can escape to darkness.

Be Minimal

Living room lighting should not be attention grabbing. Let your lighting be minimalistic in style, so that it can enhance the other design features of your living room. Articulating Serge Mouille wall sconces are ideal for throwing light where it is needed without unnecessarily taking up floor space.

Be lavish with your living room lighting and selective when choosing your fixtures. The Serge Mouille line of French lighting will fit all your needs.

December 1, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Give the Gift of Serge Mouille Lighting This Holiday Season

Make this holiday season brighter with the gift of Serge Mouille lighting. Serge Mouille lighting represents the quintessence of simplicity married with a bold expression of passion and allure. Celebrate your loved one’s taste for elegance with a piece from any collection of this master of fine lighting, including metal lighting fixtures and modern light fixtures.

The sconce collection includes lighting designs stolen from nature itself, like the Conche Sconce, which emulates the curves of the enigmatic conche shell. Or, wrap your loved on in the heat of desire with a gift of a Flame Sconce, which, when lit at night, evokes images of wild fire licking at the walls. Meander through our selection of sconces until you find the one that you know in your heart will bring smiles of delight on gift giving morning.

Make this holiday season brighter with the gift of Serge Mouille lighting. Serge Mouille lighting represents the quintessence of simplicity married with a bold expression of passion and allure. Celebrate your loved one’s taste for elegance with a piece from any collection of this master of fine lighting, including metal lighting fixtures and modern light fixtures.  The sconce collection includes lighting designs stolen from nature itself, like the Conche Sconce, which emulates the curves of the enigmatic conche shell. Or, wrap your loved on in the heat of desire with a gift of a Flame Sconce, which, when lit at night, evokes images of wild fire licking at the walls. Meander through our selection of sconces until you find the one that you know in your heart will bring smiles of delight on gift giving morning.  For the more practical minded, select from a variety of ceiling lights that are sure to tempt you and your loved one. These understated ceiling lights range from a 2-arm style to a 7-arm style. Highly adjustable and endlessly enigmatic, these form-loving lights can combine ambiance, spotlights, task lighting and overhead lighting in one functional and enthralling design.  Serge Mouille floor lamps are light, airy, space-saving and fit in anywhere, like the perfect houseguest that you never want to leave. Your loved one will appreciate the sleek lines and modern feel of these timeless lamps. For a true artistic feel with serviceable modern features, choose one of the Totem Floor Lamps, available in your choice of heights.  A gift of Serge Mouille lighting communicates brilliance and thoughtful daring to your gift recipient. Why give the ordinary when you can offer the extraordinary this holiday season? Choose your luminescence today.

For the more practical minded, select from a variety of ceiling lights that are sure to tempt you and your loved one. These understated ceiling lights range from a 2-arm style to a 7-arm style. Highly adjustable and endlessly enigmatic, these form-loving lights can combine ambiance, spotlights, task lighting and overhead lighting in one functional and enthralling design.

Serge Mouille floor lamps are light, airy, space-saving and fit in anywhere, like the perfect houseguest that you never want to leave. Your loved one will appreciate the sleek lines and modern feel of these timeless lamps. For a true artistic feel with serviceable modern features, choose one of the Totem Floor Lamps, available in your choice of heights.

The Serge Mouille Totem Floor Lamp

The Serge Mouille Totem Floor Lamp

A gift of Serge Mouille modern lighting communicates brilliance and thoughtful daring to your gift recipient. Why give the ordinary when you can offer the extraordinary this holiday season? Choose your luminescence today.

November 25, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Serge Mouille Library Lamps For The Home

Serge Mouille continues his enormous popularity through his mid century modern lamps and deisign since his death in 1988 at the age of 66. The reason for the popularity of Serge is because of his excellent minimalist designs and the use of black or white paint on metal work, non-glare white paint on the interior of the shades, and the use of brass fittings when articulated arms are part of the design.

In 2002, Gueridon launched Serge Mouille Re-edition Lighting to the U.S. market. Through a website called Serge Mouille USA, and shared office and showroom space in Brooklyn, New York. The launch was a huge success and collectors of mid-century European Designs first go to Gueridon when looking for authentic, numbered Mouille re-edition that also comes with a certificate of authenticity.

Part of the reason Mouille used clean geometric designs as found in his library pendant lighting, was as a contradiction to the popular mid-century production of clunky, and heavy Italian designs that had been popular until the mid-1900s. The popularity of his designs are testament to the reception of his dramatic designs.

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Dramatic lighting is a must for a modern home. One way of making it dramatic is to place modern overhead lighting fixtures in unexpected places. One example is the use of Mouille’s Overhead Library Lighting in places such as the kitchen or the dining room.

In the kitchen this re-edition makes for wonderful task lighting, in the dining room it offers exciting ambient lighting. One reason that overhead lighting exists is that is a throwback to the times when gas lamps were used for overhead lighting

The library overhead lamps has other uses such as lighting works of arts, a drop pendant over a piano and more.

Serge Mouille authentic re-edition lighting is available at Serge Mouille USA for online sales, by phone at 718-384-4399, or call the number to set up an appointment at our location at 109 South 5th Street, Unit 503, Brooklyn, New York 11249.

 

November 20, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Timeless Quality: Investing In Luxury Lighting

Serge Mouille is the founder of the modern lighting movement. His original work is more art than functional lighting, but the lights work well if used. The reason that art experts think of his work as more art than lighting is that at recent auctions some of his original lighting work sold in the neighborhood of $100, 000 or more.

Today, collectors can buy limited edition replicas of his work made using his methods and materials. Following

his death at age 66 demand for his work still had demand. His widow decided to allow the making of Sergio’s lighting in limited editions so the market did not dilute itself. Every piece sold has a certificate of authenticity.
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His work is shown on the website for Serge Mouille, USA. Enthusiast can also invest on site in a certified replica of his work for a fraction of the cost of an original.

Invest in Luxury Lighting

That’s right, when you buy luxury lighting you add a new dimension in your home and lighting from Serge Mouille is an item that you enjoy forever or, if you sell, increases the value of your home.

Today, architects design homes with aesthetics that appeal to the millennial generation. These folks look closely at the latest trends and passionately care about how things work as well as how they are made. They like the clean, simple, and elegant design of designers such as Serge Mouille. Installing lighting such as this in your home increases its value and is an investment for consideration.

Furthermore, high-quality luxury lighting lasts a lifetime in functionality and as functional art.

Modern lighting design dates back to the middle of the twentieth century. Serge Mouille began his designs for luxury lighting in 1953 and concluded his lighting design career about a decade later. He is the epitome by which other modern lighting designers face comparison.

To learn more about the works of Serge Mouille visit the US website or if in New York or planning to visit the city, call them at 718-384-4399 to arrange an appointment at their Brooklyn site that is close to Manhattan, just off the Williamsburg Bridge.

November 13, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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The Serge Mouille Single Floor Lamp

Serge Mouille designed lighting that was fun, artistic and truly “lit up the room” like a sincere smile. Serge’s mother and father were middle class people, his mom a seamstress and his dad a police officer. When Serge announced at age 13 that he was enrolling in School of Applied Arts silver workshop his parents were disappointed.

Serge was the youngest enrollee at the school and found the seeds of his career in lighting design when he discovered metallurgy and silversmithing at which he excelled. In fact, he knew the topics so well, he began teaching at the school when just 25-years old.

Before opening his own studio, following his graduation from the School of Applied Arts he worked for a handful of other companies and did an apprenticeship with Gabriel Lacroix.

Early Designs

Mouille began his lighting designs in the early 1950s. His designs were minimalist and monochromatic. The designs reminded many of spiders.

Later Works

That all changed in the late 1950s with the invention of fluorescent lighting. Mouille switched from just using incandescent light to lamps that joined the use of fluorescent and incandescent light sources in a single piece.

In 1962 the new line of lighting called the “Colonnes” collection had its introduction at the Salon for Interior Design.

The Signal Lamp

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Serge designed the Signal Lamp in two sizes, small and large. Otherwise, they are identical.

These lamps feature a vertical tower with both incandescent and fluorescent bulbs inside the tower. The sharp angles used by Mouille in the early fifties are gone.

Slots are cut in solid steel panes that emit illumination. There are four elements on the tower that come from a thin, shaped sheet of composite metal.

The signal lamp is as much art as it is utilitarian.

Mouille’s designs remain in demand. His wife authorized that each year limited edition replicas of his lighting work, made using Mouille’s methods and the same materials he used be produced for sale.

For more information, visit Serge Mouille USA, email them, or visit them in New York City at 109 South 5 Street, Suite 503 , Brooklyn, New York 11211 (Map)