When it comes to choosing an instruction mirror, the basic round and rectangular shapes are getting as boring as a high school geometry class. Therefore, we are pleased to report that we have seen more asymmetrical, strangely curved and generally avant-garde mirrors that have recently adorned the homes of leading opinion makers and designers. Perhaps these twisted and unique mirrors are a contemporary take on the classic pink grated mirror Ultrafragola in all the cool stores of all time (there’s one at the SoHo Opening Ceremony store, for example – RIP), or maybe it’s just a change to softer and extravagant decor in general. Real estate property
If you are not familiar with the original backlit neon mirror, it was invented by the Austrian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass in 1970. Sottsass, whom The Guardian called “The fantastic godfather of cool Italian”, was the founder of the Design movement of Memphis, which avoided minimalism in favor of bold colors and geometric shapes.
The revival of Memphis design in recent years (The Met Breuer organized an animated Sottsass exhibition in 2017 and designer Raquel Cayre amassed a healthy Instagram after publishing Memphis designs under the designer’s name; he gave birth to the account in a showhouse in 2018) certainly speaks of the growing popularity of maximalism.
Or maybe the turned mirrors we’ve seen more and more are taking a moment because they incorporate a Wabi-Sabi mood – a traditional Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in natural imperfections, which seems to be a welcome divergence from the cookie cutter, mass-produced direction in which our world is spiraling. With their smooth, organic, curved and oblong shapes, many of these mirrors adapt to this ethos.
Whatever the reason, we are here for corrugated mirrors of all shapes and sizes. And although at the moment it is definitely in trend, the roots of the corrugated mirror show that it has a permanent power.