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Serge Mouille

Serge Mouille (1922-1988) was Parisian-born designer known chiefly known for designing lighting fixtures. Studying the art of silversmithing at the School of Applied Arts in Paris, he then went on to train with silversmith and sculptor, Gilbert LaCroix in 1941.


In 1945 he began teaching at the School of Applied Arts as well as opening his own studio in Paris. His career began with commissions for handrails, chandeliers and wall sconces before being hired by Jacques Adnet to design lighting fixtures, which he continued to do for the rest of his life.


Mouille’s lighting designs were characterised by angular, insect-like forms, seeking to achieve a kinetic aesthetic, eliciting a sense of movement. During the 1950s Mouille created some of his most iconic designs including Oeil (1953), Flammes (1954) and Saturn (1958).


In 1955 Mouille became a member of the Society of Decorative Artists as well as the French National Art Society. Later that year he was awarded the Charles Plumet prize, received a Diploma of Honour at the Brussels Expo in 1958. He went on to design lighting for institutions, including the University in Antony schools in Strasbourg and Marseilles and for the Bizerte Cathedral in Tunisia. He continued to work and teach for the rest of his life, sharing his experience and encouraging a new generation of lighting designers.


Serge Mouille