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April 17, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Five Facts About Serge Mouille That You Didn’t Know

Serge-Mouille-Three-Arm-Spider-Sconce_ASerge Mouille has been the most important French designer of lights since the 1950′s. His lights are considered decorative art classics and modern day works of art. For a designer of his stature, it’s important to know the facts and history of his designs.

  • Serge Mouille started researching and designing light fixtures in 1953. It was during this period that he was also supervising the gold smithing department at l’École des Arts Appliqués. Two years later, he was inducted into the Interior Decorators’ Society.
  • Since the beginning of his career, Serge stressed ease of use, manoeuvrability and quality of lighting in his lights and lamps. Forms and structures were conditioned by practical requirements.
  • Serge Mouille was the only designer, of that period, who put together a complete line of lamps. Whatever the need, Serge always found the answer.
  • Serge Mouille was described as the “Silversmith, specializing in large silver tableware”.
  • The elegance, aptness and originality of Serge Mouille’s forms had a lot to do with the intelligence of Metal.

For years, Serge Mouille’s lights had been a regular feature in magazines and at numerous interior design events. His designs will live for more years to come.

April 10, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Interior Design Fun Facts: Lighting

Serge-Mouille-Seven-Arm-Spider-Sconce_AInterior design is more challenging than it might seem. You need to have extensive knowledge on the materials, have an eye for aesthetics and understand the installation and construction of the projects. Here are some things to take into consideration when it comes to designing the lighting in your home or work space.

One of the most effective ways to add light to a room is by installing a skylight. It can create an open, airy feel and let’s way more light in than any window treatment.

Another effective way to add lighting to a room is with mirrors. Since they reflect light, they can make a small room seem both larger and lighter.

For our last trick, we suggest using tiers of lighting in each room. Start with reading lights on low tables, and more upward to sconces and ceiling fixtures. These fabulous layers create visual interest and create mood within the room.

March 27, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Making a Bright and Nicely Lit Home for the Warmer Months

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As the winter weather starts to warm up and spring brings out new greenery, plant-life and outdoor activities, it is important to keep an indoor space as comfortable as possible. Lighting plays a key role in the process of decorating the home for the warmer months of spring and summer. Selecting the right modern lighting fixtures can make your home warm, inviting and comfortable.

Add Floor Lamps

If you have a limited budget or you do not want to install new lighting fixtures on your walls or in the ceiling, then adding floor lamps to your space can help brighten up the room. Floor lamps can be added to any indoor space, and many designs are made to light up large areas.

Even though a floor lamp is useful, some spaces may need more light than a single lamp can provide. Other modern lighting solutions can help improve the bright surroundings of your space.

Install Modern Ceiling Lamps

Modern ceiling lamps are a great way to brighten a large area. The ceiling lamps feature modern design elements without distracting from the amount of light that is produced when it is turned on.

Since a ceiling lamp requires more work to install and place the light, it is best for your home if you want to make changes to your lighting fixtures. Avoid the ceiling lamps if you want the flexibility to move your lamps throughout the room based on your design preferences.

It is not hard to light up a room with a combination of modern lighting fixtures and new lamps. At SergeMouilleUSA, we can help you find the perfect lighting fixtures for your space. We offer advice based on your budget, goals and the type of designs that you prefer.

March 20, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Spring Cleaning: Out With The Old Lighting!

sconceSpring time means the weather will start to get warmer, the days will be longer, and summer is just around the corner. It also means a time to start getting rid of the old and ushering in the new: spring cleaning. For those who enjoy designing and redesigning their home interiors, there are many areas that need special attention during spring cleaning. But one area that often gets overlooked but shouldn’t is lighting and lighting fixtures. The simple fact is that a home’s lighting can either diminish the style and decor you’ve worked so hard to design, or enliven it in a very special way. Out with the old lighting, in with the new.

Floor Lamps

Don’t think of these as ways to increase lighting in certain areas of the home. Think of floor lamps as an extension of a particular room’s décor. Modern takes on the traditional floor lamp have given this item the makeover it needed. From slender standing lamps that offer multi-directional lighting to signal floor lamps that feature steel pedestals, a combination of incandescent and fluorescent lighting that exudes a soft glow, a change in this area can be an increase in style.

Sconces

This lighting option has always been popular with interior designers. The modern twist comes in the angular rotating sconces that are both stylish and practical. Placing these in strategic areas, such as in bedrooms can offer flexibility, as the rotating sconce can be repositioned, fantastic lighting, and a chic touch that complements an existing room’s style.

Desk Lamps

The desk lamp has come a long way since the traditional bulky variety. The modern versions can be clamped to a desk, leaving room to work, or come with triangular bases for a minimalist touch. Consider a tripod desk lamp with a brass swivel for a classy upgrade.

March 10, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Bedroom Lighting Trends

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To accomplish everything you want to do such as optimizing your space, dressing, relaxing, reading, and more, your bedroom deserves to be lit well regardless the style of décor or size of the room. The fact is your bedroom is your sanctuary. Utilizing the various layers of lighting is critical since some bedrooms use one flush mount light that does the work of many – many bedrooms aren’t lit properly. This year, look for modern lighting options that run the gamut of styles.

Overhead Ambient Lighting

One thing you definitely need in the bedroom is ambient light of some sort, and typically this comes in the form of an overhead lighting option. The type will vary depending on bedroom décor and personal style but includes a chandelier, semi-flush mount, drum pendant, ceiling pendant, or a ceiling fan with a light kit. The trend is for fixtures that offer quality general illumination and give off a soft, soothing glow. Dimmers are also trending as they allow you to control the glow emitted.

Task Lighting

While simple table lamps may do the trick, there are plenty of other options that are currently popular for bedside task lighting. To reduce the chances of tripping over cords and a smaller footprint, wall lamps are the perfect option. Those that include swing arms to direct lighting wherever you need it are best. Another popular choice is to hang matching mini pendants, making sure they’re at optimal sigh level.

Sconces and Lamps

Have a dressing table or vanity? Use these in-trend lighting options. Many people don’t provide enough lighting in these areas and they certainly need it. To put your best face forward, try placing sconces on both sides of a vanity mirror, or even an eye-catching, unique lamp as a decoration and to light the dressing table.

March 1, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Lighting And Your Mood

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Whether you are asleep or awake, active or relaxing, light has an effect on your mood. From a functional standpoint, dim lighting makes it hard to accomplish everyday tasks, easily leading to frustration or negative feelings. In contrast, modern lighting that closely mimics natural sunlight engages your circadian rhythms, making you feel happier and more energetic. People who spend a lot of time indoors–be it at work or home–need to carefully consider how effectively the light in their space allows them to function as well as its long term impact on their mood.

The amount of light in a space also affects how people feel about physically close interactions. If you want to create an intimate conversation or meeting area, dimly lit modern light fixtures are far more effective than glaring overhead lights. In fact, studies have found that most humans are more likely to be uncomfortable with close interpersonal contact if the lighting is too bright.

Similarly, color also affects mood. If you have lighting fixtures reflecting off a yellow wall, for example, it is emotionally jarring compared to a soothing violet wall. Even in the evening, lighting and its colors can impact an individual’s tendency toward depression. According to research recently published in the Journal of NeuroScience, people exposed to blue or white light in the evening–regardless of whether they are asleep or awake–tend to become depressed while those who are surrounded by red light or darkness report no changes to their overall mood. When setting up an evening area for work or relaxation, this is something that should be kept in mind, and if possible, you should try to equip the lighting fixtures in that space with red light.

February 17, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Vintage Light Trends for 2014

As the LED light rises in popularity, trend setters in design have started to draw inspiration from decades past. Vintage lighting has been trending in restaurants, cafes and industrial modern spaces – and the trend shows no sign of stopping. The vintage style bulb works very well in metal lighting fixtures and other mid century modern lighting fixtures.

In 2014, draw inspiration from the past with these vintage lighting trends:

  1. Exposed bulbs: In sconce lighting and modern ceiling lamps, exposed bulbs add a retro warmth to modern spaces. Try an exposed Edison or other vintage-style flickering bulb in wall or ceiling lamps to add that classic vintage feel to new or old fixtures.
  2. Basket lights: Basket lights work well for large spaces and outdoor lighting fixtures. The open, airy frame allows for ample lighting. Create your own or find several attractive wooden or metal basket lights.
  3. Vintage pendant lamps: Brushed metal or glazed vintage industrial pendant hanging fixtures have become a mainstay in kitchens everywhere and serve to add a touch of warmth and an utilitarian style. Coupled with a bright LED bulb, these are functional and attractive.

SergeMouilleUSA is an industry leader in mid-century modern design lighting and is the premier seller of Serge Mouille lighting in the US. View our products here.

February 10, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Lighting Improves Productivity at Work and at Home

Countless studies have shown that bright, sunny lights can vastly improve office productivity and happiness. Dim lighting has been found to result in low office morale, fatigue and eye strain. A new study even shows the poor lighting can actually encourage mistakes. Companies can combat this effect through the use of gorgeous modern lighting in warm, natural temperatures.

Companies have found that improving the lighting in their offices quickly led to increased productivity among workers. Modern design lighting can be used to create luminous indoor spaces that are as close to natural light as possible.This is especially beneficial for companies that lack extensive windows that would allow them to utilize natural lighting.

Modern lighting fixtures can be further augmented through the clever use of open floor plans, mirrors, cloth dividers and light-colored fabrics that allow the light to further penetrate the office. Standing floor lamps are a cost-effective way to improve the lighting of an office without having to spend the time and money on a complete renovation or redesign. Modern ceiling lamps and light fixtures can be built in to an office to ensure a bright, airy design for years to come.

The fantastic and extensive inventory available through SergeMouilleUSA will help you keep your office or workspace lit with an exciting array of designs, from modern floor lamps to mid century sconce lamps. These timeless designs are the perfect way to increase both visual appeal and productivity.

February 3, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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The Simplicity of Modern Lighting Design

Modern lighting is an easy way to add style and a contemporary feel to any area. Unlike other design elements, lighting is both functional and beautiful. Consider these three techniques for using innovative lighting fixtures to add a touch of modernity to your residential or commercial space.

  1. Pendant Lighting: This is often used in areas where floor and table space is limited. Instead of a typical ceiling fixture, pendant lighting offers style and functionality without wasting valuable table or floor space.
  2. Groupings: Using two or three floor lamps in a grouping adds an element of interest while still providing your family with adequate lighting for all their needs. Don’t be afraid to mix designs. If you do it right you can add visual appeal.
  3. Simplicity: Lighting doesn’t have to be complicated to make a statement. Sometimes a single, simple piece is ideal. If your room is heavy on color or architecture, this is often the way to go.

Remember, lighting is an important part of any residential or commercial decor project. You shouldn’t struggle to make lighting decisions alone. If you need expert advice, contact us at SergeMouilleUsa. Our modern design lighting specialists are always happy to work with you and help you find exactly what you need for your home or office.

January 31, 2014
by Serge Mouille
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Energy Efficiency Takes Center Stage in SuperBowl

SuperBowl Sunday saw New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium lit up in orange, blue and green to mark the face-off between the Seattle Seahawks and the Denver Broncos. In keeping with the stadiums eco-friendly philosophy, MetLife Stadium employed some surprising tools to conserve energy and successfully became the nation’s first football stadium to use solar power to generate the needed electricity!

The move to solar power is just one of MetLife Stadium’s recent energy efficient innovations. The Stadium also has a compost for waste, conserves water and uses building controls. In just three years, these measures have reduced power consumption by 20 percent. While MetLife Stadium is the industry’s leader in alternative energy, other stadiums are beginning to use solar power to reduce their environmental impact.

While solar power may be too costly for the average homeowner, there are still a number of tricks homeowners can utilize to increase energy efficiency. At Serge Mouille, we are proud to offer a variety of standing floor lamps and modern light fixtures that are naturally energy efficient. When used in conjunction with energy efficient light bulbs, these mid century modern lamps will increase energy efficiency and reduce your home utility costs.

SergeMouilleUSA is an industry leader in mid-century modern design lighting and is the premier seller of Serge Mouille lighting in the US. Visit our site to browse our extensive selection.