Chinese mythology says that an alternate world existed behind every mirror -- a world filled with fantastical creatures which easily traveled between the two worlds -- until they began to wreak havoc. The portal would then be permanently sealed.
|An updated stainless steel take on a |
classic Chinese chair by ACF China.
|Sideboard by Julia Gray Ltd.|
|Narcissus marble by John Gibson,|
|Side Table from Century|
|Grove nickel-studded console.|
Masters of the Surrealist movements from Jean Cocteau to René Magritte have utilized the mirror as vehicles to blur the line between dreams and reality.
|Jean Marais in Cocteau's 1950 masterpiece, "Orphée"|
|By Rene Magritte, 1937.|
|"The Dangerous Liason" by|
Perhaps the mirror's position as between dimensions continuously draws us to them. Do they exist merely to satisfy our vanity? to check for fly-away hairs? cat hair on our black jackets? to re-apply lipstick? Or are they meant to convey a truth in a much more profound and ethereal way?
I don't know.
|Mirrored console from Neiman Marcus.|
For me, I've always been drawn to mirrored furniture -- perhaps because I am a fan of Old Hollywood. The past, because it is no longer in existence...at least in our dimension...has a romantic appeal which the glamour of Old Hollywood certainly satisfies. It was all about vanity and, let's face it, most of us are vain.
|Accent tables from Neiman Marcus.|
|Haute House Claire mirrored|
ottoman from Horchow.
|End table from Hooker Furniture.|
|Side table from Arteriors Home.|
|Sophia Buffet available at Macy's.|
Designer tip #1: Less is more when it comes to bold statements like mirrored furniture; if overused, mirror pieces can easily spill over the border into "tacky-land". However, if you dare to make an over-the-top statement, do it with taste. And for that, you may need to consult a professional...with taste.
Designer tip #2: No mirrors on the floor or ceiling.
*Thanks to Jennifer Vandemeer for correcting my grammar once again.