Our gorgeous Serge Mouille-inspired MFL-1 Style Contemporary Floor Lamp bears the same stick-insect inspired aesthetic and unmistakable tapered iron legs that became a hallmark of Serge Mouille's style, allowing it to slip seamlessly into almost any home setting. Standing at almost two metres tall, its slender, elegant frame just exudes minimalist class, while the fully adjustable shade allows you to adapt and change the illumination to any angle or mood.
The MFL-1 Lamp was Mouille's attempt to make the ordinary interesting again, by taking the tried-and-tested floor lamp design a complete aesthetic overhaul, bringing natural form into the living room. With its sleek iron body and curved, tapered legs, it was a radical design when it was first released to the public more than six decades ago; it's adjustable head and neck re-enforcing the insect-like appearance. But its ability adjust the brightness of the light it emitted, by simply moving and adapting the position and direction of its head, made it a seminal piece of French lighting design.
1922 - 1988
French industrialist, silversmith and teacher, Serge Mouille is best known for his modernist lighting fixtures. His skilful mastery of metalwork is evident in all his designs.The son of a policeman and seamstress, Mouille had a passion for metal works from an early age. At 13, he began training at the School of Applied Arts' silver workshop, studying under sculptor, Gabriel Lacroix. He was the youngest student there. Mouille graduated in 1941 with such a gift for the trade that he became a teacher at the school just four years later. The same year, he also opened his own workshop, initially concentrating on handrails, wall sconces and chandeliers. In the 1950s, he started to design intricate, hand-crafted floor lights and wall mounted lamps. These were inspired by the female form, in particular the musculature and skeleton. Showcased alongside Charlotte Perriand, Isamu Noguchi and Jean ProuvÃ©, Mouille's lamps soon grabbed the worldwide attention. In the mid 1950s, Hollywood legend, Henry Fonda turned up at his workshop and refused to leave until Mouille designed him a lamp. This became the first Mouille lamp to reach America.Mouille's creations are timeless classics that still look modern today. His most iconic designs include the Contemporary Pendant Lamp, the MFL-3 Style Contemporary Floor Lamp, the MSC-R1C Contemporary Wall Lamp, MCL-R6 Style Contemporary Pendant Lamp and MSC-R2 Style Contemporary Wall Lamp.
"The form is always determined by the material."
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