Sometimes, the mirror is actually the one that’s the fairest of them all—especially if it’s the squiggly, sometimes white, sometimes pink one you’ve seen all over Instagram the past few months. The funny thing is, it’s hardly new—that mirror is Ettore Sottsass’s Ultrafragola, originally designed in 1970, and it’s merely having a renaissance. Follow CovetED and stay tuned for more trends like this!
Its appeal isn’t surprising—I mean, just look at it—but the mirror is part of a larger trend we’ve seen over the past couple of years: Memphis design. (Sottsass founded Memphis Group, the collective of designers that started the movement, in 1981.) Squiggly, abstract shapes? That’s Memphis. Thick, black-and-white stripes alongside pops of neon and primary colours? That’s Memphis. Elementary school jungle gym–meets–intergalactic spacecraft–style architecture? That’s right—Memphis!
As a Dramatic End-of-Hall Accent
Sure, this mirror is functional, but make no mistake: It’s also a work of art. Here, interior designer Tasmin Johnson positioned it at the end of a short corridor to emphasize its presence.
Lit From Within
The mirror looks great turned off, but it really steals the show when it’s lit up. The neon lights that run inside it are what give it a rosy glow—otherwise, it appears white.
Contrasted With Mid-Century Treasures
It’s okay if you’re not all about Memphis; the Ultrafragola can blend in with plenty of different styles. In landscape architect Kimberly Von Koontz’s New York home, the mirror is a squiggly contrast to all the structured mid-century Italian collectables, like a Superleggera chair.
Ultrafragola mirror | Ettore Sottsass | Poltronova
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This large mirror has sensual and feminine curved lines. Ultrafragola (« Ultra-strawberry » in English) was designed in 1970 by Ettore Sottsass as part of the Mobili Grigi and is the only model of the series produced for Poltronova. Inspired by traditional mirrors made of gilded, carved, wood, Ultrafragola rethinks the sinuous shapes in modern vacuum-formed ABS.
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The postmodernist master is well known for his sexy creations, like for instance the Shiva vase, today produced by BD Barcelona, and of course Ultrafragola! The mirror also has a ritual aspect as if it sprung from an ancient oriental civilization.
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Ultrafragola is one of the most sought after pieces by Ettore Sottsass, the mirror is produced by Poltronova since 1970 without interruption. 20th-century design collectors love it as it is a strong decorative element in any room thanks to sculptural dimensions. The frame of the mirror is opaline white but become pink when the pink neon inside is on. A true must-have for postmodernist design enthusiasts!
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