Serge Mouille was born in Paris in 1922. He developed a talent for drawing at a very early age. His models, he finds them at the Jardin des Plantes where he spends hours drawing plants and animals. On the advice of his drawing teacher, he enrolled in the entrance exam for Applied Arts where he was accepted at the age of 13, the youngest student of his time. His mentor Gabriel Lacroix will make him a Master in the Art of hammering metal. He enters Hénin Orfèvre Paris where he soon imposes himself among experienced workers, all older than him.
After the war, Serge Mouille set up his own business and worked for various silversmith's houses. He is a craftsman recognized by all. At the same time, he worked as a teacher at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts Appliqués et Métiers d'Art, having succeeded Gabriel Lacroix as head of the goldsmith's workshop. He devoted his whole life to the profession of teacher but also to that of researcher because we must not forget, Serge Mouille is also and above all 44 years of research, drawings and monogravures.
It was his meeting with Jacques Adnet, director of the Compagnie des Arts Français, in 1951 that marked a turning point in his life. Indeed, this one asks him to conceive a ''big light'' for his South-American customers. Serge starts working and creates the three-armed floor lamp, gradually moving from the status of master craftsman to that of creative artist by developing the now famous series of Black Forms. The three-armed lamp and the straight lamp will be the first models. Spearheading modernity and the movement of functional integration for interior design, the Steph Simon gallery is emblematic of the development of the Left Bank in the avant-garde furniture trade. As a sales agent for French Aluminium, Steph Simon met Jean Prouvé who hired him in 1949 to distribute his furniture. In March 1956, he inaugurates the Steph Simon gallery at 145 Boulevard Saint-Germain. Charlotte Perriand takes care of the layout of the place. For Steph Simon, this gallery must have "a character of shock" and periodically propose exhibitions. It presents exclusive models by Jean Prouvé and Charlotte Perriand, lighting by Serge Mouille, ceramics by Georges Jouve and Norbert Pierlot. Later, he presents pieces by Isamu Noguchi, Sori Yanagi, Tecno ... The gallery closes in 1974.
1962: the world changed. Serge Mouille, for the last ten years, has been pursuing his career as a teacher and a lighting designer at the same time. He decided to radically distance himself from everything he had done until then by creating the series of light columns using the fluorescent tube, which was new at the time. The two series are so different that one might think they were created by different artists. It is incomprehension and mixed success. He decided to stop his production of light fixtures in 1963 and devoted himself entirely to teaching. Serge died in December 1988.