One of this years trends during the annual furniture fair Salone del Mobile in Milan last month – was OBJECTS OF REFLECTION. And that’s in the word’s literal sense.
Reflector based lighting and reflecting mirrors was to be seen all over in various shapes and constructions. There’s a clear fascination with the moon and solar systems. The shapes were rounded & organic and the colours were chemical and bold.
Danese, BDBarcelona and Corian Editions all showed furniture where the attached round mirror was a feature element. One’s thoughts are brought back to classic dressing tables that used to be a natural part of any regular bedroom. All the mirrors are somehow balancing on their surfaces and have a floating and light look.
Especially among the young up-and-coming designers there seemed to be a big fascination with reflective light sources. The norwegian designer Daniel Rybakken has been working and experimenting with different optical light objects for few years where as Strek Collective and Jonas Forsman are new players in the field.
Antique mirror and other chemical treatments of glass was also evident at several exhibitions during the fair. Canadian designer Gareth Roberts had collaborated with italian manufacturer Antique Glass and made the Crate Collection which consisted of various storage objects made from different treatments of mirror mixed with matt timber. French company Petite Friture showed Constance Guisset’s Francis mirror that are an experiment with chromatic pigments fleeing over water.
The moon was an obvious inspiration source to many of this year’s designers. Among others were Richard Hutten’s Moonlight Mirrors for Covo that had bold colours on the back that reflected onto the wall, My Moon Mirror from the Moroso/Diesel collaboration which had an illustration of the moon dyed into the glass and Plusdesign Editions that showed Barbierato Massimo’s mirrors Piccola Riflessione that were made from thick slabs of semi-transperent plexi glass and not regular mirror glass.
Story by: Sofie Brünner