(all images via here)
I included the room below in my living room shelving post on Monday, and it's truly a favorite of mine. I love the color temperature created by all the elements in this space ... the way the warm coppery tones juxtapose the crisp black and white palette. It's so good! I could happily live here, and I'm certain you'll be seeing some variation on this look in my own living room after the remodel ...
I especially adore the addition of a Serge Mouille fixture to a room with tons of classical elements. I love that contrast between super-traditional and super-modern.
I know I'm always going on and on to you about "contrast," but it really is a core tenet of good design: the tension created by a mix of new and old, mod and trad, light and dark, smooth and rough, shiny and dull, black and white ... it's what gives a room real presence and depth.
Look again at the room above and how well it accomplishes this ...
Whereas a modern Mouille light in an an all-modern space like this room below leaves me kind of cold. There are certainly lots of people who prefer a minimalist look like this, but for me it's missing the warmth and depth and layers that make a space really come to life.
But back to Serge. He was a Parisian-born industrial designer and metalsmith who became well-known for his mid-century lighting designs, which he said were “a reaction to the Italian models, which were beginning to invade the market in 1950,” and which he thought to be “too complicated.”
And I think it's true, his designs possess an elegance and a simplicity that have set them apart ever since. They were only produced for a handful of years, so originals are quite rare and can run into the six-figure price range. His heirs in France have re-released some of his designs, sold in the US through Gueridon, who reps them to Design Within Reach and a few other showrooms priced at $3k-$10k apiece.
Not surprisingly, quite a few companies have come up with knock-off versions of the iconic Mouille designs. I've rounded up the options for you at the bottom of this post, just after a drool-worthy scroll through these gorgeous inspiration rooms that I'm guessing will have you as breathless to place your order as I am!
The companies below make these knock-offs of various Serge Mouille designs, all ranging from around $200-$800.
I haven't decided who to purchase from yet, or even which model I will be buying, but I'm seriously considering the 3-arm ceiling chandelier for the new living room. Have fun!