Totem Floor Lamp
Due to the rarity of Serge Mouille lighting, his spouse Gin Mouille has been decided to introduce a new edition originally designed in the early 1950's. The original precision craftsmanship is applied to this edition to maintain the integrity of the early work. Each shade is produced with the use of original molds, proportions, materials and techniques. Each piece is stamped and numbered.
Only 1000 pieces are produced each year and are exported all over the world.
View the rarity of Serge Mouille's lights in 1999, his widow Gin, exceded by the copies of the works of her late husband decides to introduce a numbered edition of the creations of 1950.
The art of manufacturing is applied with the utmost respect, the integrity of this edition is maintained as the first models made by Serge Mouille, each shape is pushed back on the period molds, materials, proportions and techniques remain for their parts unchanged, black painted steel rod, black lacquered aluminum reflectors and white interior, brass ball joints.
- Aluminum, Steel, Wood
- Small Height: 117 cm
- Large Height: 173 cm
- 60W max E26
- 20W max Tube Fluorescent
- Dimmer not included
- Indoor use and dry locations only
The luminaires of Serge MOUILLE, already considered the greatest French designer of light fixtures in the 1950s, are now part of the design icons of the 20th century. These lamps, black metal lamps and floor lamps with white reflectors, mobile organic shapes often mounted on elegant stems, are republished and numbered. We find them now, to the delight of design enthusiasts, on our website dedicated to them. On our site you will find exclusively original reissues of the luminaires of Serge MOUILLE. Appliques, lamps and floor lamps are manufactured in workshops in France. The luminaires are made to order, they are numbered and delivered with their certificate of authenticity. True to the know-how of the famous artisan sculptor, the workshop also realizes for certain models, dimensions to measure.
Serge Mouille Totem Floor Lamp Designed by:
- Serge Mouille
1922 - 1988
Known primarily for his work as a designer of lighting fixtures, Serge Mouille (1922-1988) received a master silversmith diploma from the School of Applied Arts in Paris. He studied with silversmith and sculptor Gilbert LaCroix and, after graduation in 1941, went to work in his studio.
In 1945 Mouille himself became a teacher at the School of Applied Arts and opened his own metalworking studio. At that point his design commissions were mostly for hand rails, chandeliers and wall sconces. In 1953 Jacques Adnet hired him to design lighting fixtures, an art to which he devoted the rest of his life.
Throughout the 1950s Mouille designed large, angular, insect-like wall mounted and standing lamps with several arms and smaller, more curved wall-sconces. Some of his best known designs from the period are his “Oeil” lamp (1953), “Flammes” (1954) and “Saturn” (1958). He worked to achieve a kinetic, sculptural aesthetic that evoked a sense of movement in space. He also claimed his lighting fixtures were “a reaction to the Italian models, which were beginning to invade the market in 1950,” and which he thought to be “too complicated.” His designs from this period were shown mainly at the Steph Simon Gallery in Paris.
In 1955 he became a member of the Society of Decorative Artists and of the French National Art Society. In the same year he was awarded the Charles Plumet prize for his work and in 1958 he received a Diploma of Honor at the Brussels Expo. Mouille began, towards the end of the decade, to design some institutional lighting and he was responsible, over the next several years, for designing the lighting at the University in Antony, for schools in Strasbourg and Marseilles and for the Bizerte Cathedral. Also towards the end of the 1950s the invention of neon tubes inspired Mouille to create a series of floor lamps that combined incandescence and fluorescence. These designs, called the “Colonnes” collection, had their debut at the 1962 Salon for interior design, and are some of his better known later works.
Mouille established the SCM (Société de Création de Modèles) in 1961 as a way to encourage young and emerging lighting designers. He worked and taught for the rest of his life, showing his lighting and jewelry at several exhibitions. For his career as a metal smith and designer he was awarded a medal from the City of Paris from the Directors of Professional Artists.