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Designer name: Mouille, Serge
  1922 - 1988
Originating from a working-class district of Paris, Serge Mouille entered at the age of thirteen the École des arts appliqués (School of Applied Arts). Having worked under Gabriel Lacroix in the silversmith’s trade workshop, he graduated as a master silversmith. In 1945 he set up his own business, planning to create cutlery and table silverware. As early as 1953, Serge Mouille began research on metal shapes and the craft industry of lighting fixtures, while in charge of the silversmith’s trade workshop at the school where he received his first training. In 1955, he was elected to the Société des artistes décorateurs (Society of Decorative Artists, S.A.D.). The following year, Steph Simon opened a gallery at 145 Boulevard Saint-Germain : Charlotte Perriand and Jean Prouvé were the spiritual leaders of the place, where they welcomed Isamu Noguchi, Jean Luce and Serge Mouille. The latter’s lighting fixtures thus began to appear on the market, albeit on a small scale. Special commissions followed: refectories and rooms for the Students’ residence at Antony, universities of Strasbourg and Aix-Marseilles, Brétigny Flight Plane Testing Center. With Serge Mouille, dedicated to a metal which is uniformly painted in black, lighting fixtures found a master of soberness. The neat forms of his reflectors, hinged onto swiveling arms with various sizes stand out like discreet signals while not lacking in efficiency. Having been suffering from tuberculosis for a long time, Serge Mouille had to stop work in 1959 and to try to recover in a mountain resort. In 1961, thanks to the Société de création de modèles (S.C.M.), he was able to present, at the Salon des arts ménagers (Modern Homes Exhibition), a new collection of lighting fixtures combining fluorescence and incandescence. Production finally came to an end in 1964.


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