Mythology tells of an attractive hunter who falls in love with his own reflection. Of a youth who pines away because the reflection fails to respond to his advances. A little poetry. These are the words designer Chris Slutter uses to describe his design Narcissus, named after the same myth. It is not simply a mirror for looking in, he says. Rather a personal gesture, a design with a message. Literally, because a text has been engraved on the wide aluminium frame that can be adapted to a person’s liking on request.
‘I love recognisable shapes,’ says Slutter. ‘And a ring is very recognisable.’ He is referring to a wedding ring. ‘The inside, on which a text is usually engraved, is protected. The outside is exposed to wear.’ Narcissus reflects the same image: the inside is shiny, the outside matt. ‘I choose to work materials and to show that the same material can have different looks. ‘Narcissus is not simply a mirror; the wide frame for example means you can place a bunch of keys on it.’
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