These Picture-Perfect Mirrors are Made for the Selfie Era

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By Aileen Kwun / Published by Dwell
Whether wall-mounted, freestanding, or handheld, these adventurous sculptural shapes and accents have us reflecting upon the traditional looking glass.

Not since the days of disco have mirrors been this hot. As signs of other movements from the 1960s and ’70s continue to reemerge through a contemporary filter—think tufted cushions, pastels, and illustrative, all-over patterns—mirrors, too, have become ripe for reinvention as an under-examined staple of interior design. 

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Present Perimeter by Jonathan Nesci for Patrick Parrish Gallery, from $800 Part of a larger collection of tables and accessories, Nesci’s limited edition of powder-coated, steel-frame mirrors combine the geometric forms of hexagons, trapezoids, rhombuses, and triangles.

This was especially evident this spring, as the annual orbit of trade fairs saw designers introduce pieces that looked beyond the form as more than a mere reflector. Abstracted shapes, fine materials, finishes, and color-blocked accents all made an appearance, as did Op Art patterns and sculptural structures reminding us that mirrors can take on a dimensional, physical, and even space-defining presence. Functional aspects, too, were reimagined, with tactile grips and sturdy bases that suggested compact solutions and novel placements.

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Line Mirror by Bower, from $6,500 The curvilinear stripes of this mirror lend eye-popping dimension and a groovy Op Art vibe to an otherwise flat surface—without creating any unbecoming distortion effects.

Representing the fairest of them all, the following selections challenge our gaze upon the conventional mirror—or at least make us acutely more aware of it, in a visual manner especially #trending among a generation of Instagram-friendly onlookers. In the age of the selfie, it seems, the beauty of a reflection lies not only in the eye of the beholder, but the apparatus through which it’s framed. 

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Utility Mirror Pocket by Visibility for Good Thing, $24 Available in three shapes, these handheld, stainless-steel mirrors are polished to a reflective finish then given a colorful, industrial rubber tool grip.

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Ora Mirror by Zoë Mowat Design, from $850 Color-blocked accents of brass, marble, and painted wood emphasize the rounded border of this series, which takes its name from the Latin word for edge.

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Line 1 by Social+Studies, $3,000 Jagged shapes paired with marble and copper bases give sartorial flair to this collection of mirrors by fashion designer Hillary Taymour and stylist Gillian Wilkins.

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