Showcasing the Mirrors the Designers Love

Intricate and hand-carved, this stunning ornate swept frame complete with bevelled mirror, combines massive proportions & the finest craftsmanship. The soft yellow-gold colouring of the frame, coupled with its graceful carvings bring a real sense of elegance and sophistication to any room it adorns.

 

 

This classic rectangular silver swept frame with its lovingly crafted, beautifully bevelled mirror is very simplistic in its design. Despite this simplicity, the frame has an effortless chic to its carvings and conveys a sense of calm class with its soft silver finish.

 

 

This mirror comes with a heavily carved, beautiful, large and ornate Rococo style gold frame. This mirror combines size and elegance perfectly. Despite the heavy detail of the carving there is nothing crass or gaudy about this mirror. The ostentatious, flamboyant carving of the frame simply provides a stunning focal point. In short, this is a mirror to create your style around.

 

A classically French styled stunning perfect-white, swept frame surrounding an elegantly crafted bevelled edge mirror. This mirror combines the traditional French frame style of intricately-carved, sweeping cornices with the neo-classical pure-white finish, allowing the owner to add elements of antiquity and modernism to their design simultaneously. This piece simply oozes class and sophistication.

 

This full length black swept frame complete with a beautifully crafted bevelled mirror will add an immediate sense of drama to any design. Perfect for dressing rooms, landings and hallways it screams style and its intricately carved black finish is the ultimate accompaniment for styles ranging from the Burlesque to the contemporary.

 

 

 

Antique Mirrors – What’s hot in 2015

According to the designers, 2015 is the year of the resurgence of antique chic and vintage vogue. So we thought we’d give you a bit of a run through on what makes the designers tick, some of the most interesting projects we’ve been involved in and how antique mirrors and vintage mirrors can really set off your interior styles this year

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It’s not just antique mirror, mirror on the wall – this year mirrors are being leaned against walls and even set into furniture too.

In terms of frame styles, this year is seeing two main trends, ornate and vintage. Leaner mirrors are in vogue as well; large mirrors that don’t need to be hung but are propped against a wall – thus creating a piece of furniture from the mirror itself. Adding a large mirror to a hallway or a reception room can give the illusion of doubling the space – making narrow hallways look larger and your living space look brighter.

Mirrors can be used in many ways – not least of all if you’re trying to sell your home, home sales experts say that when ‘dressing a room for viewers, a mirror should always be present because subconsciously this allows the viewer to ‘see’ themselves in the property! – ranging from the functional to the purely fantastic.

Creating light, creating space, or simply adding some style or drama to your room, mirrors are everywhere and according to the experts this year’s hot styles are antique and vintage.

Not only antique frames, but antique mirror glass can be used to create an aged effect on your mirror. Antiqued mirror glass is available in myriad different colour tones, with differing levels of distressing and antiquing. Some styles offer a degree of sparkle within the glass so the number of mirror variations compared to simple mirror is extensive.

Over the last few months we’ve seen projects where entire walls have been fitted with antiqued mirror glass for bathrooms and dining rooms. We’ve seen antiqued mirror glass hung in opulently carved frames to hang on walls as part of a quirky collection and even used as mirror tiles in kitchens.

Antiqued mirror is so versatile it can be installed in one piece or in sections, as part of a frameless mirror wall, or into an antique style frame. You still get the same reflective properties that unblemished mirrors provide, but the foxing provides a real a sense of drama and intrigue to its surroundings and the reflection has a charm of its own with a softer, darker quality to the reflection that you don’t see in newer mirrors.

This year’s colours will be bronze, brass, gold and black. Frames that are finished with these colours have a real presence, they draw attention to themselves and create a real sense of drama in the interior they’re used in.

We’re also expecting this year to see a rise in people wanting custom sizes and finishes, luckily we offer a bespoke service which caters perfectly to this.

Below are just some of the ideas using antique mirrors that we’ve carried out for customers so far.

They gave us inspiration and we certainly hope they will inspire you to let us create you the perfect mirror as well. If you need any more information, don’t hesitate to call us on; 0333 800 8181 or email your enquiry to sales@mirrorworld.co.uk today.

Mirror, mirror … in the desert?

We never thought we’d say, ‘this amazing shed’, but … This amazing shed is artist, Philip K. Smith III’s Lucid Stead situated at Joshua Tree in California. We love the way it seems to disappear into its surroundings. What do you think of it? What’re your favourite pieces of mirror art?

What do you think it would take to make a tumble-down wooden hut in a Californian Desert into a world-wide art phenomenon, surely more than a few mirrors and some LEDs?

 

Well no. In fact, a few mirrors some LEDs and a huge portion of creative vision was all it took for artist, Phillip K. Smith III to turn a ramshackle shed in a desert in California in to an international art sensation.

The project, called Lucid Stead, is a mind blowing creation, containing a variety of mirrored panels, LED lights and customised electronic equipment mounted on a humble timber shack.

Just like the almost lunar desert landscape the Lucid Stead is situated in, the piece changes throughout the day.

During the daytime swathes of the building appear transparent and waif like, thanks to the deliberately placed mirrors that reflect the panoramic landscapes of the Californian desert. During the night, the windows and doors light up in vivid colours to create floating squares and rectangles of technicolor in the otherwise lightness expanse.

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Smith says his creation Lucid Stead, ‘is about tapping into the quiet and the pace of change of the desert … When you slow down and align yourself with the desert, the project begins to unfold before you.  It reveals that it is about light and shadow, reflected light, projected light, and change.’

Smith will tell you that, unlike a painting hanging on a wall in a museum, his project requires commitment due to its remote location and calls upon the viewer to really participate and engage with the artwork and the surrounding landscape.

 

Hang Mirrors Using Z-Hangers (French Cleats)

We’re regularly asked about how to hang a mirror using Z-Hangers/French Cleats, so we thought we’d write an easy to use, step by step guide on how to do it. Hope this helps you all.

STEP ONE

Attach one of the Z-Hangers (French Cleats) (Usually the smaller one) to the top edge of the back of your mirror. Ensure the raised part is facing downwards.

 

STEP TWO

Attach an off-set board to the bottom of your mirror.  This will ensure that the bottom edge rests flush against the wall and the mirror has the necessary support along its bottom edge.

STEP THREE

Mark the Z-Hanger’s (French cleat’s) position on the wall. Using a level, make marks at the exact height you want your mirror to hang from, these are where you’ll attach your Z-Hanger to the wall.

STEP FOUR

Attach the Z-Hanger to the wall. Use wood screws which can bear loads larger than that of your mirror, fasten the Z-Hanger (one of the French cleats) to the wall. This piece should create an upwards hook.

STEP FIVE

Hang the mirror. Finally, lift the mirror into place. The cleats should fit together perfectly leaving you with a stunning mirror, hung perfectly on your wall.

Our Brand New, State of the Art Laser Cutting and Etching Machine

As you know, at Mirrorworld, we’re always looking for ways to make our finest quality mirrors even better and provide you with even more choice when it comes to picking the exact mirror to perfectly compliment the design you’re trying to achieve – whether that’s in a room at home, or on a project for work.

With this in mind, we’ve recently begun to produce our very own laser cut and laser etched mirrors, both on glass and acrylic.

Want a mirror in that special shape for your child’s bedroom? We can cut and etch acrylic mirrors in virtually any shape or style. If you don’t see it on the website, this is purely because the possibilities are endless and there simply isn’t room for every design we can achieve, so give us a call and talk it through with one of our dedicated and knowledgeable sales team who will be happy to help you to make your ideas come to life.

Our laser cutting machine is a fantastic addition to the Mirrorworld armoury. Not only can we cut acrylic mirrors into virtually any shape or design. We can also engrave mirrors, both glass and acrylic, to put your name, your favourite song lyrics, a silhouette of your favourite landmark or many other possibilities onto your mirror.

We certainly hope these ideas will inspire you to let us create you the perfect mirror as for your home or business. If you need any more information, don’t hesitate to call us on; 0333 800 8181 or email your enquiry to sales@mirrorworld.co.uk today.