Le Blog – Serge Mouille Lighting

March 29, 2015
by Serge Mouille

A History | Modern Design Lighting

Widely regarded as a master of modern lighting design, Serge Mouille was born in Paris to working-class parents who were frankly perplexed by his interest in the design world. At 13 years of age, Mouille enrolled in the silver workshop at the School of Applied Arts where he quickly established himself as a gifted metallurgist and silversmith. He received his master silversmith diploma in 1941 and began apprenticing under renowned silversmith and sculptor Gilbert LaCroix.


After working for a number of Paris companies, a 25-year-old Mouille returned to the School of Applied Arts to begin teaching metalworking classes and open his own studio. At this point in his career, he primarily focused on commissioned work such as handrails, wall sconces, and chandeliers.

In 1953, Jacques Adnet completely hanged the course of mid century modern lighting when he gave Mouille his first commission as a designer of lighting fixtures. Although his productive career as a lighting designer lasted only decade, Mouille is remembered for work that exhibited the highest levels of artistic acumen and functionality. Unlike his contemporaries, who typically employed a variety of mass production techniques to better respond to market demand, Mouille consistently rejected commercial influences to handcraft lighting with unwavering and painstaking attention to detail. He worked tirelessly to realize a dynamic, sculptural aesthetic that suggested kinetic movement through space.

In 1955, Mouille became a member of both the Society of Decorative Artists and the French National Art Society. He subsequently received the Charles Plumet prize, a medal from the Directors of Professional Artists, and a Diploma of Honor at the Brussels Expo. In 1956, Mouille made his first US sale when he designed a lighting fixture for Hollywood icon Henry Fonda.

By 1964, Mouille had ceased production of lights and returned to his first love of silversmithing. He spent the rest of his life designing jewelry and teaching at the School of Applied Arts.

March 20, 2015
by Serge Mouille

Spring Cleaning | A Fresh Start

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Spring is right around the corner and with it, the promise of brighter days and a cleaner house. Consider these 5 tips for getting rid of clutter and freeing up your space:

1. Change your perspective. Perspective is one of the most critical components to de-cluttering and spring cleaning. Perspective is the point of view that determines what you really need or want to keep. Before beginning your spring cleaning process, spend some time examining how you might be able to tweak your perspective to accomplish your goals.

2. Work with the end result in mind. If you see each room in your house for what it could be, you’ll become more motivated to work quickly and ruthlessly to eliminate clutter. Tip: Pull out photos of a time when your house looked the way you want it to look now and be inspired.

3. Brighten your space. It is easier to clean a room that is flooded with good light and clean air. Crack open a window and turn on a light before digging in to the mess. (Need some modern design lighting? Here are a few tips for your consideration.)

4. Have fun. As soon as you view de-cluttering or spring cleaning as a chore, you’ll hate every minute of it. Instead, turn on some music or involve a friend or family member. Reward yourself for accomplishing small goals along the way.

5. Donate. Donate. Donate. If you struggle to get rid of things you do not need, consider donating them to a good cause. Knowing something is going to be useful to someone else makes the parting easier.

With spring right around the corner, now is the time to think about kicking clutter to the curb.

March 15, 2015
by Serge Mouille

Small Sconces by Serge Mouille

The beauty of modern lighting is priceless. When looking for modern sconces, you need to not only find something that is highly functional but also esthetically pleasing at the same time. You need an accent piece, essentially – something that will do exactly what you need it to do and say exactly what you need it to say all at the same time. Luckily, the small sconces from Serge Mouille are capable of doing exactly that.

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Antony Sconce

This sconce incorporates a simple and natural design and will look terrific in any room in your house. It features a mussel shell shade construction.

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1 Arm Double Swivel Sconce

This sconce boldly features one straight arm and two swivels, making it the perfect lighting solution for smaller spaces.

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Conche Sconce

This sconce features a curved, fluid design that allows the lamp to rest on a shade and tilt in any direction that you need it to at a moment’s notice.

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Eye Sconce

The eye sconce is designed to be diminutive and unobtrusive and yet highly practice at the same time. It features simple operation and minimalist design, making it the perfect solution for a wide range of different applications.

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Flame Sconce

The flame sconce is actually an elegant pair of two sconces that results in a lamp that illuminates upward towards the ceiling. This is a great opportunity to create strategic shadows all throughout a room, adding a bold touch in nearly any environment.

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Saturne Sconce

Finally, the Saturne sconce is a bold item that features a partial cut on the outer edge. This allows the central cone reflector to both project light into the room and diffuse the harsh quality of light depending on your current preference. It’s available in black and white lacquer colors.

March 5, 2015
by Serge Mouille

The Versatility Of Serge Mouille Ceiling Lamps

SergeMouilleUSA.com offers a wide selection of lamps. Among the most versatile and most popular is the ceiling lamp. These lamps, as with all Serge Mouille lamps, provide beautiful and versatile mid-century modern lighting. These lamps are noted and even coveted for adding elegance, class, and style through metal lighting fixtures and sconce lamps to any ceiling.

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  • These two, three, or six arm ceiling lamps have curved arms which are fixed in position, and they have shades that can be rotated to any position, putting part of a room in light, or in shadows—depending on your mood. This is an elegant lamp that creates a small footprint—a prime example of mid century modern lighting at its best.
  • The library ceiling lamp can be used to illuminate bookshelves, or to light works of art or highlight any area of a room. This lamp is beautiful when used alone, or grouped with others. The lamp comes in custom drop lengths.
  • The large snail ceiling lamp highlights some of Serge Mouille’s best modern ceiling lamps. The snail shell inspires the swirling cut out in the shade as light projects downward through the opening as light reflects from the ceiling.
  • Three, five, or seven arm spider ceiling lamps come with rotating heads on seven fixed arms. This lamp is a beautiful example of modern design lighting that is as much a piece of art as it is lighting for your room. This lamp will certainly be a beautiful conversation piece.
  • The falling arm ceiling lamp is a chandelier that finds its inspiration at least in part from the spider ceiling lamp. This lamp has five fixed arms that are different lengths which drop from the canopy before casting out at different and dramatic angles. This lamp comes with three different layouts for its five arms.

Serge Mouille is an icon in mid-century modern lighting. Come see what beautiful and artistic lighting options you will find for your space.

February 25, 2015
by Serge Mouille

Home Lighting | 5 Points For Consideration

Lighting is an important aspect of your home decor.  Serge Mouille‘s standing floor lamps, hanging lights, table lamps, and wall lighting are not only functional, but can bring an aspect of style and elegance to your home. When choosing lighting for your home consider these five important tips.

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One:  Layer the Lighting

The overhead lighting that came with your home can be too bright, garish, or even unflattering. Installing a dimmer switch on overhead lighting and using floor lamps throughout the space to provide areas of warm, indirect lighting and reduce glare and shadows.  Additional task lights can provide concentrated light where it is needed the most for reading and work.

Two:  Choose Lighting That Matches Your Style

Your home should reflect your unique style.  Modern design lighting is easier to find than ever with Serge Mouille.  Serge was a graduate of the School of Applied Arts and his lighting is a true work of art as reflected in the beautiful Flame Sconces.

Three: Choose Sconces for Accent Lighting

The general rule of accent lighting is that it should provide at least three times more light on the focal point than the room’s general lighting provide.  Serge Mouille’s 2 Arm Rotating Sconce can illuminate your artwork, beautiful house plants, or other items of interest in your living space.

Four:  Choose Overhead Lighting 

While floor lamps and task lamps are excellent choices for most of your living spaces, the dining room and kitchen call for overhead light solutions.  The Escargot Ceiling Lamps and Library Ceiling Lamps are beautiful choices in rooms where overhead lighting is the practical solution.

Five:  Keep Your Lighting Versatile

Finally, the lighting in your living space should be flexible enough to be included in future design changes.  Serge Mouille’s standing floor lamps and task lighting are stylish and versatile.  They will be beautiful additions to your living space for years to come.

February 17, 2015
by Serge Mouille

The Rotating Sconce | Home Use

About the artist Serge Mouille

Modern light fixtures and metal lighting fixtures represented by iconic lighting designers like Serge Mouille enable design and function to be integrated spectacularly within an area. His mid century design fixtures have been exhibited at the Société de Création des Modèles. Among his designs are both fluorescent and incandescent examples. He continued adding to his collection of modern minimalist lighting fixtures until 1961. His favorite material was black metal, though now his designs are manufactured in white as well.

His work combines original design with maximum functionality that draws attention to any part of a room. His lights are encased within articulated structures that illustrate the essential function of lighting through simplicity of form.

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Making the best use of Serge Mouille’s rotating sconce.

The one arm curved sconce is like a leap into light. Its long arm has a versatile swing that is simple in its exuberance and practicality. These qualities make it essential for many design applications.

The shade tilts and revolves on a brass fitting and together with the adjustable arm this becomes a very flexible lighting option.

Like most of Serge Mouille’s designs the rotating sconce is a lighting fixture that will accentuate the look and feel that you are seeking in your living or working space. In addition, you will discover that this space saving light can fit in almost any location with ease. Available in black or white with brass shade connections this is an outstanding option for work areas and sitting areas.

Serge Mouille Perspective

Serge Mouille connects structural and visual basics to form functional compositions that present his point of view. His artistic focus provides visceral impact that will make your space extraordinary. Purity and simplicity are minimalist ideals rendered in this artist’s work. Serge Mouille’s functional art will attract attention anywhere.

February 13, 2015
by Serge Mouille

Mid Century Minimalist Design | The Serge Mouille Saturne Desk Lamp

About the artist Serge Mouille

Modern light fixtures and metal light fixtures are represented by famous lighting designers such as Serge Mouille. He exhibited his well-known mid century design fixtures at the Société de Création des Modèles. His designs incorporate both fluorescence and incandescence. He added to his collection of modern metal lighting fixtures until 1961.

Most famous for minimalist designs, he preferred to work in black metal. His work brings strength and direction with maximum functionality to any part of a room. Using uniformly black painted metal materials, spot light fixtures within articulated structures illustrate the essential function of lighting through simplicity of form.

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About sixth planet from the sun Serge Mouille Saturne desk lamp

The sixth planet from the sun is named Saturne in French. It has been known to man since prehistoric times and was first recorded by Galileo. Serge Mouille took this planet as inspiration for his minimalist desk lamp design so unique that it took on the shape of a light source and eclipse unified as a piece of metal work. Mounted on a brass swivel supported by four slender yet stable legs this lamp brings light and revolutionary design to any home or office.

The Serge Mouille Saturne Desk Lamp is connected to nature by its shape, with the shade taking the form of a planet in our solar system. The lamp’s supporting structure is composed of slim yet strong legs. The eclipse structure is simply curved and gracefully formed – not only a luminaire but also a powerful focal point providing illumination as art with function.

Serge Mouille Artistic Perspective

Serge Mouille connects visual basics together to form art that presents his point of view while incorporating functionality. His artistic focus provides pure impact. Purity and simplicity are minimalist goals that are rendered in this artist’s work with spectacular precision. They will attract attention anywhere.

February 5, 2015
by Serge Mouille

Mid Century Minimalist Design | The Serge Mouille Tripod Desk Lamp

Mid Century Modern Lamps are represented by famous lighting designers such as iconic lighting designer, Serge Mouille. He exhibited his well-known mid century design fixtures at the Société de Création des Modèles. His designs incorporate both fluorescence and incandescence. He added to his collection of mid century lighting fixtures until 1961.

Most famous for minimalistic designs, he preferred to work in black metal. His work brings strength and direction with maximum functionality to any part of a room. Using uniformly black painted metal materials, spot light fixtures within articulated structures illustrate the essential function of lighting through simplicity of form.

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The Tripod Desk Lamp

The Tripod Desk Lamp is connected to nature by the shape of the shade taking the form of a moule or muscle shell. The lamp’s supporting structure is composed of slim yet elegant legs and the stem. All are simply curved and gracefully formed – not only a luminaire but also a peaceful focal point for the desk top.

Artistic Focus

Serge Mouille connects visual basics together for functionality, artistic focus and pure impact. His lamps attract attention like no other with a purity and simplicity that is the goal of minimalism. In short they will attract attention. For a special room, event or friend they express the deepest connection.

The question to ask is “Where should you put this extraordinary fixture – on your desk or on that of someone close to you?” We live in a world where we have stopped noticing objects and beauty. Serge Mouille uses his minimalistic approach to guide us back to a place where we continue to perceive.

January 27, 2015
by Serge Mouille

The Philosophy of Serge Mouille

Pragmatic art or the creation of an artistic representation that also has a necessary function is at the heart of what Serge Mouille and the company that carries his name have achieved over time with some of the most iconic lamps available today.  Until you need to choose one for a particular space, a lamp is often an overlooked accessory in a room.  However, walk into a room with a poorly chosen lamp and it is noticed immediately.  Or, walk into a room with just the right lamp and it goes from an accessory to part of the furniture that creates the perfect ambiance and feeling in a space.

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The lamps from Serge Moulle are certainly a furnishing and not a mere accessory.  Each lamp is simple at first glance, but as with most artistic renderings, a closer examination shows that there is a complexity that is easy to overlook.  A Serge Moulle lamp has versatility and grace whether examining metal lighting fixtures, wall sconces, or another design.  Some lamps can be adjusted to allow one part of even a small room to sit in the shadows, while that same lamp can be used, with a relatively minor and certainly simple adjustment can illuminate every nook and cranny.

It should not be the purpose of the lighting in a room to be the focal point of attention.  A great lamp can be simplistic in design, yet that same design can have an artistic bent, and serve its own in different ways.  It is not the fault of Serge Mouille or his company that his lamps and lights are dramatic in their usefulness while being so sleek in the design that they cannot escape your guests’ attention.

Serge Mouille offers modern design lighting, modern lighting, mid-century modern lamps, modern light fixtures and more.  There is a wide selection of lighting, lighting fixtures, and sconce lamps that fit every décor, every style, and every space.

January 16, 2015
by Serge Mouille

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.