Barcelona, February 9, 2022 – “The mirror, as a trend in interiors, replicates itself from multiple perspectives, like an infinite kaleidoscope. The human being looks at himself in the mirror of the new architecture and interior design,” explains Marisa Santamaría, researcher and disseminator of global design trends.
- MULTIPLICATION OF SPACES
Mirrors expand the sensation of space and necessarily induce a gaze on our countenance. Looking into a mirror, looking for the effects of light on the glass, is a symbol of which history, literature and art offer us a very different vision of its meaning over the centuries. From the myth of Narcissus, looking into the mirror of the still waters, to the contemporary “selfies” on a multitude of chained mirrors that give us back our image or the environment we observe.
- SPONTANEOUS SELFIES
Water, the glass of shop windows, windows, shop windows…, work as a continuous mirror in our vital journey. Sometimes it is just an optical illusion or a repetition of our image, an imaginative game that has a significant influence on the configuration of today’s interior spaces. The mirror as an object of daily use and enjoyment, a food for the need to look at ourselves and recognize ourselves.
- MIRRORS, FROM ART TO DESIGN
The architect and professor Fernando Moral Andrés, in his recent work “Alfredo Pirri, private space and public art” (Ediciones Asimétricas), outlines the work of the contemporary artist Alfredo Pirri, where mirrors take on a spatial importance of architectural interiors and human reflection: “The notion of limit, in these projects, is more diffuse, the mirrored floor, practically becomes the only instrument that redefines the place”.
SIX PERSPECTIVES FROM DESIGN AND ARCHITECTURE
Interior design and architecture projects in which innovation is focused on an advanced conception of mirrored surfaces.
1. Dreamlike spaces
The dreamlike effects of the library of Chongqing Zhongshuge created by the X + Living studio, transports us to a game of time and superimposition of structures and reflections that amazes and at the same time overwhelms.
Contemporary mirror games to bring us closer to the simple and close object of the book.
The dreamlike spaces, initiators of the new parallel digital universes, do not let the mirror escape as a way to expand the dreamed human landscapes.
Gonzalo Miranda is one of the most notorious Spanish designers on the international scene, his infinite gaps generate immediate sensory effects, the desire to look and be.
2. Self-portrait of nature
A mirror of our desires, the awareness of the broken nature and the constructions that give us back its image.
The famous Tree Hotel in Sweden multiplies the effects of the forest in which its different cabins, designed by Tham + Videgard Arkitekter, are located. The landscape, the changing light of day and night and the seasonal transformations transform the mirrored facades and multiply the visual play.
3. The bustle of the market in the mirror
The mirrored roof of Barcelona’s Els Encants market, designed by Fermín Vázquez and his team at b720, reflects from above the buying and selling, haggling and indecision that goes on in Barcelona’s traditional flea market, which was moved eight years ago to Las Glorias.
4. Selfie kitchens
The kitchen to be portrayed, the dishes as a reflection of everyday life on social networks, the ways of cooking and exposing domestic spaces with mirrored surfaces, an eccentricity that has become a recurring originality.
5. Other materials, other mirrors
Shiny marbles, full of light, that expand the reflection of life on surfaces. A subtle way to expand spaces and dimensions, to feel nature through domestic “mountains”.
Or Silestone, hybrid surfaces made of minerals and recycled materials. Material manufactured and elaborated with unique and exclusive HybriQ® advanced technologies.
6. New mirrors and mirrors
All the elements of the home are in full transformation, mirrors do not escape this new look, commanded by new materials and technologies.
German Ermics’ isometric mirrors and Sabine Marcelis’ collection play with lighting, color and movement.
Two different dimensions, but connected. Gradient colors, subtle to generate a very suggestive sensory effect