Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Mirror, mirror -- Part IV: Mirrored Furniture

Mirrored furniture sparkles and dances with light and reflection.  It's not just a flat surface, but can have facets, which catch the light at all angles.  A mirrored piece imbues a setting with instant glamour and visual interest, and works with virtually every style.

In Baccarat's Paris headquarters, a mirrored table by Philippe Starck catches every glimmer of the Solstice chandelier.  Photo by Xavier Bejot for House & Garden.  

Mirrored cocktail (never coffee) tables are a classic.  This one, with its sinuous gilded base, is French, c. 1940, and was chosen by the NYC design team of Timothy Hayes and Kevin Roberts for a Park Avenue apartment.   Photo by William Abranowitz for House & Garden. 

The Curtis Jeré copper wall sculpture is highlighted in this shimmery cocktail table. Design and photo by your humble blogger.

Designer Sharon Simonaire used a mirrored cocktail table in the library of this house in the Hamptons.  Photo by Thomas Loof for House & Garden.

Designer Eric Hughes uses multiple mirrored tables in this Manhattan loft.  Photo by William Waldron for Elle Decor.

This lovely mirrored side table is 1930s Serge Roche, and graced the living room of a Houston home designed by J. Randall Powers.  Photo by Joshua McHugh for Elle Decor.

I used this Regency style mirrored console in the dining room of a New York apartment.

Mirrored nightstands from Oly Studio flank a massive bed in a Greenwich home designed by Lynn Scalo.  Photo by Tom Street-Porter for Luxe.

These vintage 1940s nightstands, clad in distressed mirrors, were perfect for another very serene master bedroom.  Design and photo by yours truly.

In this iconic ad for Barbara Barry's furniture line for Henredon, the mirrored doors on this armoire make the piece less monolithic.

The Quatrefoil armoire from Niermann Weeks is another example of how effective mirrored doors can be.  Design by Allessandra Branca and photographed by Thibaut Jeanson for House Beautiful.

Lots of mirrored surfaces in this confection of a room by Michael Simon.  Photo by Simon Upton for House & Garden.  But there's more...

In the same Palm Beach house, this powder room could be an homage to Versailles.  But for all its excess, it is masterful in its detail and workmanship.

Another just over the top powder room, but this one seems to take itself less seriously.  The mirrored vanity is from Island Home and the sink is actually a giant shell.  Design by Kim Coleman and Michele Green; photo by James Merrell for House Beautiful.

Though technically not "furniture," I couldn't resist showing this whimsically fabulous trifold mirror by Samuel Marx.  Alex Papachristidis has included both Marx and John Dickinson in one truly special room.  Photo by Simon Upton for Elle Decor.

What a fitting conclusion to the Mirror series.  This 2005 installation, "Paved with Good Intentions" was created by New York artist Ron Arad and featured mirror-polished steel tables.  Photo by Jason Schmidt for House & Garden.

Thanks for reading everyone!


  1. Mirrored furniture are really good. They'll make the place more brighter. It can lessen your consumption when it comes to lights.

  2. Great transformation! I love the color on the wall. The whole space looks so cozy and inviting.
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