When it comes to choosing a statement mirror, the basic round and rectangular shapes are getting as boring as a high school geometry class. So, we're happy to report that we've been seeing more asymmetrical, oddly curved, and just generally avant-garde mirrors adorning the homes of tastemakers and cutting-edge designers recently. Perhaps these squiggly, unique mirrors are a contemporary take on the classic Ultrafragola pink squiggly floor mirror in every cool store ever (there's one in the SoHo Opening Ceremony store, for example—RIP), or maybe its just a move to more soft and whimsical decor in general.
If you aren't familiar with the original neon back-lit mirror, it was dreamt up by the Austrian-born Italian architect and designer Ettore Sottsass in 1970. Sottsass, whom The Guardian dubbed "The Godfather of Italian Cool," was the founder of the Memphis design movement, which eschewed minimalism in favor of bold colors and geometric shapes.
The resurgence of Memphis design over the past few years (The Met Breuer hosted a buzzy Sottsass exhibition in 2017 and designer Raquel Cayre accrued a healthy Instagram following posting Memphis designs under the designer's name; she then brought the account to life in a showhouse in 2018) certainly speaks to the rising popularity of maximalism.
Or perhaps the shapely mirrors we've been seeing more and more are having moment because of they embody a Wabi-Sabi state of mind—a traditional Japanese aesthetic that finds beauty in natural imperfections, which seems like a welcome divergence from the cookie-cutter, mass-produced direction our world is spiraling into. With their soft, organic, curves and oblong shapes, many of these mirrors fit into that ethos.
Whatever the reason, though, we're here for squiggly mirrors of all shapes and sizes. And while it's definitely trending right now, the roots of the squiggly mirror prove that it has staying power.
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