Serge Mouille, "Trepied" lamp c. 1950 Metal, aluminum & brass 17.72 x 11.02 inches 45 x 28 cm
Serge Mouille (1922 – 1988) is widely celebrated for his spindly black lighting fixtures that he designed in the 1950s such as 1953 Oeil, 1954 Flammes and 1958 Saturn. In 1952, he became director of the silversmith department at the School of Applied Arts in Paris. Soon after, he was commissioned by Jacques Adnet to develop lighting designs in reaction to the too complicated Italian designs that flooded the 1950's market. Mouille made each of his lamps by hand, and never used machine technology to maximize production.