Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Design Under the Influence: The Serge Mouille Lamp

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Hello fellow LDV readers, it's Erika from small shop! It has been quite a while since I've done a "Design Under the Influence" post, but I am back with an absolute fave piece of mine: the Serge Mouille lamp. No doubt you've been seeing these a lot lately and didn't quite know much about it. It stands out, it catches your eye, but what's the deal?
Serge Mouille (1922-1988) is a master silversmith out of the School of Applied Arts in Paris. But it wasn't until the Steph Simon Gallery in Paris showcased his pieces next to Noguchi and Prouvé that actor Henry Fonda commissioned Mouille for a piece -- the first U.S. piece.
Mouille's most famous Three-Arm and Two-Arm ceiling, floor and wall lamps he has said were based on the female form, a reaction to the Italian models that had hit the scene during the 1950's. Using his expertise in metallurgy, he drew on his fascination with musculature and skeletons to create insect-like pieces that evoke a minimal, sculptural, organic aesthetic with a sense of movement and fluidity.
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I love seeing this mid-century modern icon in contemporary spaces!
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Jenna Lyons
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Domino
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Jenna Lyons
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Pilar Roger
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Dalla Polvere
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Gorgeous, right? But at $2500-7500, the price may be a little steep for most of us. So I've gathered up some Mouille-inspired pieces for you on my blog today...go check them out!

10 comments:

Karen Albert said...

A very cool and exciting lighting design. It really works in all periods!

xoxo
Karena
2013 Artists Series

sunshine days said...

Definitely amazing. xx
SunshineDays

Dawna said...

Love, love, love ! Want, want want!
http://www.dawnajonesdesign.com/

The Now said...

I did a post on these not too long ago and before that, I didn't even know who made these. I wish they weren't so pricey bc I LOOOOOVE them!!!! Thanks for finding some alternatives...I'm checking them out now xo

Kim L. said...

Beautiful images!

Elizabeth said...

I lust after a Mouille ceiling light more than any other high end item. Great post!
xoxo -e (modern24seven)

Bungalow OneA said...

Wow...very creative lighting design and so versatile. Love the pictures you selected and different rooms in which it was used!

Albertina || MimosaLane said...

This is one of my all time faves...beautiful images...problem is now I want it more than ever. Thanks Erika! and loved your inspired pieces on your blog

Laura Trevey said...

What a great round-up! Off to check out your pieces on your blog.

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