SWEDEN /
MIRROR MIRROR OFF THE WALL

CURATED BY PAOLA BJÄRINGER

The mirror as object stands as the ultimate symbol of womanhood and the normative beauty standards associated with it. Throughout history and art, women have discovered in the mirror the reflection of the man they are supposed to love and serve, leaving their identity on the side and accepting subconsciously the idea of patriarchal needs. This collection aims at strengthening the female gaze by giving the central stage to a group of carefully selected leading Swedish women designers + one male designer. 

The mirrors they have created are their point of view for the world to see. This collection gives women designers a room of their own, free from normative walls. Set in the deep wild Swedish forest, this collection stands for the transformative powers of Mother nature calling for breaking the mold of vertical hierarchy of dominance. As the only male-made mirror in this collection testifies: let’s break together that glass ceiling, once and for all.  

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DAVID TAYLOR /
TABLETOP MIRROR

“TABLE TOP” is formatted after the classic cameo tabletop mirror, the strikingly simple construction presents two shapes which appear separated from each, a large shard of broken mirror floating in the embrace of an aluminum stand.

Each of the six pieces is made to order and will be similar, though not identical shape, to the example shown.

1650 ex. VAT
LIMITED EDITION: 6

Full dimensions (cm)15x40x60
Weight (kg)3.5
MaterialAluminium

JENNY NORDBERG /
ACID GREEN MIRROR

While working with the project “3 to 5 Seconds – Rapid handmade production” in 2014, Jenny Nordberg researched ancient mirror making. The process and outcome was captivating and, since then, Nordberg has worked with this old method of making mirrors.

The process used has its origin in the 19th century and results in a thin layer of silver (Ag) on the glass surface. Not covering the whole surface of the glass, each mirror becomes different due to uncontrollable liquids within the process of making.

€ 2100 ex. VAT
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Full dimensions (cm)70×100
Weight (kg)8
MaterialGlasspaintSilver

WANG & SÖDERSTROM /
MUTANT MIRROR

It breathes, it transforms. Mutant Mirror is born in a digital world where the reflection of the surroundings is ever-changing. Through a slicing movement over an amorphous shape, the textured surface becomes flat and reveals mirrors in motion. The morphing silhouettes of the mirrors underline how our perception of the surroundings and self is dependent on the point of view. The present volatilizes, it mutates into something new.

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“The theme of self-reflection, as a pause in times of trouble is central to this collection. [It] calls for a deep breath in, a time for meditation, a pause for bouncing-off wiser [and] more connected to our roots.”

– Paola Bjäringer, curator of the Swedish collection, “Mirror Mirror Off the Wall”

KAJSA WILLNER /
MOIRE

“Moiré” is a collection of mirrors that play with imperfect alignments, a small displacement, rotation, or difference in the period to make interference patterns occur, leading to the impression of a three-dimensional effect.

Moiré patterns are not really there, they are an optical illusion created in the image in your eye. A slight motion of one of the objects creates large-scale changes in the moiré pattern. These patterns can be used to demonstrate wave interference, but also the illusion of three-dimensional depth in the relationship between human, object, and motion.

OVAL: € 300 ex. VAT / SQUARE: € 350 ex. VAT
UNIQUE PIECES

Full dimensions (cm)60x60x1
Weight (kg)3
MaterialMirrorglassTextile

KAJSA WILLNER /
KOL

Burning coal is a major cause of carbon dioxide emissions. Despite this knowledge, the use of coal is increasing and it is expected to continue doing so. My project, “KOL”, is inspired by coal with its beautiful, shiny surface that stands in contrast to the materials’ devastating consequences for both man and earth.

When I developed this concept, I was fascinated by the many stories that the material carries and its history. All from the harsh life in the coal mines (like here in Skåne, Höganäs), innovation, development, fuel, or just the fact that a diamond is composed of carbon atoms arranged in a particular pattern. Somehow I got caught up in the contradiction that a material that has so much darkness and dirtiness to it can also be experienced as so incredibly beautiful visually.

In my fascination with the material, I decided to try to transfer that feeling of the material so that it would be reflected in both shape and material. That’s why I choose to work with black MDF since it’s a material with similar characteristics as coal. It has this powder that is black and sticks everywhere and it is also dangerous to inhale during production.

€ 3000 ex. VAT
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Full dimensions (cm)40x40x45
Weight (kg)20
MaterialMDFMirrorglass

KAJSA WILLNER /
TROXLER EFFECT

How do we create products that are designed from the start to be reused and recycled in new or existing circular systems? The Troxler Effect: stare at the point for 30 seconds. Stare too blindly at details and you will lose sight of the holistic view required in a transition towards a more circular plastic system.

This piece was conceived as a part of the STEPS Research Programme, Lund University. An exhibition born out of a multidisciplinary collaboration between design and academic research.

We need to broaden our conceptions of plastics, with all its challenges and opportunities, in order to shift perspectives on how we design, produce, apply, and use the material. To rethink and re-evaluate to be able to reshape for a more sustainable future.

Kajsa Willner was assigned the mission by STEPS research programme to translate their research report into a curated design exhibition. Materiality & Aggregation has its starting point in five proposed pathways for how to face society’s major sustainability challenges related to plastics. The five pathways – reduce use, recycle more, fewer types, bio-based plastics sand biodegradable plastics – are interpreted separately in the exhibition but all together they will be crucial in the transition towards a more sustainable plastic future.

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Full dimensions (cm)145 x 20 x 20 cm – Disk Diameter: 40cm
Weight (kg)15
MaterialSteel, 100% recycled acrylic circle and base.

FARVASH /
DEEP DEEP VOICE

“For a moment, nothing happened. Then, after a second or so, nothing continued to happen.” – Douglas Adams

The “Deep Deep Voice” mirror was made by the collective Very Very Gold, together with Michel Bussien and Nandi Nobell. It is handmade in Stockholm; each part is cut out and riveted together into a sold satellite dish. The neon light goes right through the metal and beautifully reflects the light. This object is a mirror, a lamp, and a satellite dish.

The material bends light, the shape magnifies sound like a loudspeaker and aims to give the perspective of several realities during one moment of gaze.

€ 6000 ex. VAT
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Full dimensions (cm)125x125x40
Weight (kg)15
MaterialNeon LightingStainless Steel

SARA SZYBER /
45° HOMMAGE TO JOSEF HOFFMANN

Pursuing new methods to ‘interpret the shape of things’, I examine notions like heritage and memory in order to create design objects that can become bearers of meaning and value.

The idea behind these mirrors begins from two starting points – initially my obsession with perforated metal sheets and, in this case, a standard metal product with perforated patterns of squares. The second basic principle comes from my interest in Wiener Werkstätte and the work by Josef Hoffmann, who often used perforated metal in his items like vases, flower stands, and tables. These light saffron yellow wall mirrors are unique pieces (this one is a rectangle body mirror and there is also a smaller, more squared mirror). They are manufactured and powder lacquered in Stockholm, Sweden.

€ 2385 ex. VAT
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Full dimensions (cm)150x2x58
Weight (kg)10
MaterialMDFMirrorglassPowder lacquered perforated metal

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