Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Mirror, Mirror...

I, for one, am enjoying the variety of mirrors that have been featured lately in design mags. Distressed, new, old- they are a charming way to bring more light and life into the room.

These are mirrored panels of handblown glass. 
(Of course, the Venetian plaster walls are gorgeous!)

Distressed mirror panels for Roche Bobois

A truly old Swedish mirror

 Antiqued mirror panels on the fireplace wall romantically reflect the room.

This amazing room, designed by Chad Eisner, not only contains unusual mirrored wainscoting, but also a to-die-for eglomise wall. Eglomise (an abbreviated form of verre églomisé) means gilded glass and is a process in which the back side of glass is gilded with gold or metal leaf. (Be still my heart!)

The undisputed queen of eglomise in the U.S. is Miriam Ellner in New York City. You'll be amazed at her stunning creations.

Eglomise wall closeup

If you are looking to commission a distressed mirror, consider Garay Artisans in Orlando, Florida. They have an impressive portfolio of patinated mirrors.

Speaking of patinated mirrors, check out the work of David Derksen and his Transcience Project, where he demonstrates the beauty of the oxidizing process of mirrors.

David's mirrors show various stages of oxidation in three different geometrical patterns. He manipulates the amount of time that the sulphur interacts with the silver, thus producing different colors with the same materials.

Pretty cool, eh?



  1. Hi Ann I agree they are wonderful I have several very old ones and i love the feel they give to the room You have a great collection here
    Yes le petit Palais was QUITE a back ground for a wedding wasnt it !!
    Fay xx

  2. What a gorgeous selection of mirrors. I love the framed antiques mirror panels over the fireplace in the living room (pic toward the end) I happen to be on the hunt for a mirror for my dining room right now.

  3. Thank you so much for the beautiful mention, Ann! Love the images you found and featured. :)

  4. I love antique mirrors and that mirrored fresco is something.. I have some vintage mirrors I was considering throwing out.. perhaps now I'll have to keep them and give them a once over..

    Have a great weekend.. ciao xxx Julie

  5. Mirrors change the character of a space........pieces of silver magic ........It's a pity they don't lie!
    I also love mirrors outdoors and have a collection scattered around the surfaces in our back garden. Bon weekend et bisous.



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