through the looking glass

October 24, 2012

mirror in the Brooklyn living room of John Derian via NYTimes Magazine

My very first designskool post was about mirrors and how they enhance the light and architecture of a room. But of course, mirrors as metaphor are even more compelling. “Mirror, mirror on the wall…” Is it not true that most often when we look in the mirror, we are not actually seeking the truth they disclose, but in fact are hoping for something better. A vision not of who we are, but of who we want to be – younger, prettier, smarter. And isn’t it ironic that a mirror, which reveals only the surface, can never tell us these things? It is this dualistic nature – in which we take such great stock in what is a mere reflection that cannot begin to reveal the depth within – that lends mirrors their great iconic power.

Which is why I prefer old, wonky mirrors that display their dents and pocks with pride. For, in gazing into a mirror whose own surface is marked by creeping cracks and web-like splotches, it is harder to seek a shallow ideal. Indeed one is met not with a mere reflection of the light and architecture or with a beautiful face, but with the mirror itself, with all its imperfections. Unlike the smooth neutral plane of new mirror, a mottled looking glass adds its own commentary on the scene, manipulating, distorting it, like art. Reminding with its own history that though beauty may fade, it makes us all the more intriguing.

via Living Agency

via Copenhagen Apartments

via Knitsofacto

Boulevard Leopold via Designtripper

mirror at Marnie’s

vignette via Olsson and Jensen

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