Serge Mouille - Design New York Tuesday, June 9, 2015 | Phillips
  • Provenance

    DeLorenzo 1950, New York
    Acquired from the above by the present owner, circa 1996

  • Literature

    Anne Bony, Les années 50, Paris, 1982, p. 205
    Alan and Christine Counord, Anthony DeLorenzo, Two Master Metalworkers/Deux Maîtres du Métal: Jean Prouvé, Serge Mouille, exh. cat., DeLorenzo, New York, Alan et Christine Counord, Paris, 1985, pp. 148-49
    Pierre Émile Pralus, Serge Mouille: A French classic, un classique français, Saint Cyr au Mont d’Or, 2006, pp. 228-29, 234-35

  • Catalogue Essay

    Serge Mouille first presented his "Vrillée" (spiral) table at the 1962 Salon des arts Ménagers, an annual Paris exhibition which showcased innovations in domestic living. As stated by Pierre Émile Pralus, approximately thirty "Vrillée" tables were made by Mouille’s atelier. Cut from flat sheet steel, the table base was gripped in a vice and turned with a lever by four men. The lines described by the twelve radiating arms approximate those of logarithmic spirals: the distance of the arms from the central hub increase in geometric progression. A form often found in nature—nautilus shells, galaxies, broccoli—the "growth spiral," as it’s also known, was apt inspiration for a designer whose iconic black-painted floor lamps of the previous decade seemed to spring from the earth.



“Vrillée” low table

circa 1962
Patinated steel, patinated brass, glass.
16 3/4 x 52 1/4 x 28 7/8 in. (42.5 x 132.7 x 73.3 cm)
Produced by Atelier Serge Mouille, Paris, France. From the production of approximately 30.

$80,000 - 120,000 

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New York Auction 9 June 2015 2pm