Serge Mouille designed his angular, insect-like lights as "a reaction to the Italian models that were beginning to invade the market in 1950," which he criticized for being "too complicated." The Tripod Desk Lamp (1954) is a desktop or bedside interpretation of his original Three-Arm Lamp, and maintains the original's kinetic, sculptural aesthetic. All of his lighting solutions feature Mouille's hallmark signatures as a designer: the way the arms are joined to the diffusers, the washer and six-sided screw hardware, the form of the reflectors, and the refined lines of the steel tubing. Bulb (not included): 75W/E26. Made in France.
Shade is produced using the original molds, proportions, materials and techniques.
Each lamp is stamped and numbered.
A brass ball-in-socket joint makes the diffuser head easy to move.
Lacquered aluminum and steel with brass ball joints.
Born in Paris, Serge Mouille's parents, a policeman and a seamstress, were disappointed by his decision, at the age of 13, to enroll in the School of Applied Arts' silver workshop. The youngest student there, he embraced metallurgy and silversmithing and was so gifted at the trade, he started teaching at 25. After getting his degree, he worked for a few different companies and apprenticed under Gabriel Lacroix before starting his own workshop.
In 1953, Mouille introduced his first lighting design, the Three-Arm Floor Lamp. Drawing on his intimate knowledge of metals, as well as his interest in musculature and skeletons, the Three-Arm Lamp was both minimal and organic in form. The shape of the shades was inspired by one of his favorite things the female form. "Lamps are there to be touched," said the designer. Though his logic might be somewhat suspect, the design was anything but. The Three-Arm Lamp has gone on to become an icon of modern design, originals fetching as much as six figures at auction. Read more >