I’ve stayed in enough city Airbnb apartments to understand how sliding, mirrored cupboard doors are meant to give the illusion that you can swing more than a cat in the room.
The Kooh-I-Noor Specchi.Credit:Sean Fennessy
Yet the ubiquitous mirror is becoming more of an art piece than merely a reflective surface. New-wave mirrors are curved and bisected, the surfaces softly tinted, the frames brightly coloured. They can be artfully faceted and propped against the wall.
The Kooh-I-Noor Specchi (pictured) was designed by Italian maestro Piero Lissoni for Glas Italia, and is available at Space Furniture. Melbourne interior designer Miriam Fanning, of Mim Design, used one for this heritage house in South Yarra.
“The mirror was set up on site to reflect both the piano and the steel-framed entry,” says Fanning. “The mirror is fixed and set on a lean to create a loosely placed effect.”
The brief for the house was to balance contemporary references with traditional Japanese design. Fanning opted to include elements of wabi-sabi (the philosophy of beauty found in irregular, worn and humble materials) and while there is nothing humble about this place, the mirror’s frame and unpredictable light reflections bring vitality to the room.
“Mirrors are so versatile,” says Fanning. “Whether it’s to open out a room, create a sense of glamour, act as an art piece, or even just for putting on your lipstick.”
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