What’s New: Mirror, Mirror

A carved “Cherry Taffy Mirror,” available in a variety of sizes, from David Hurwitz (802-728-9399), $425-$1140 wholesale. CREDIT: Tom Mills

Mirrors may produce reflections of images, but they should also reflect individual style. To help replicate every customer’s tastes, we’ve assembled a collection of some of the most beautiful mirrored wall art we could find from seven studios that combine functionality and fun.

Furniture maker David Hurwitz of Randolph, Vt., believes that wood can be a very sensual medium. “I like to work with organic, sculptural forms and explore how they intersect with the functional aspects of my furniture designs,” he explains. After obtaining his degree from the School for American Craftsmen at Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, N.Y., he went into business for himself in 1993. Using traditional Danish methods, Hurwitz uses the highest quality materials to create designs that incorporate carving, shaping and unique texture.

Geometric shapes merge with warm palettes of colored patinas to create Leonie Lacouette’s signature cooper and nickel items for the home. For the past 20 years, Lacouette has created modern kinetic sculpture clocks from her Wallkill, N.Y., studio, with the goal to combine beauty and functionality. Now branching out into other home décor items, including mirrors designed to compliment her line of clocks, she plans to continue to blend geometric abstraction with softened edges and organic warmth.

Born in Detroit, Mich., Susan Molnar spent many non-creative years in the auto industry. As an artistic outlet, she started taking stained glass courses in 1992 and has been hooked ever since. “Glass is a wonderfully fluid substance,” she explains. “I am continually inspired by the endless and awe-inspiring colors, reflections and shapes possible in this medium.” An expert in warm glass (a technique that includes fusing, slumping and manipulation), she creates decor for the home at her Lowell, Mich., studio Glass House Designs.

Bold and colorful, both in his work and in life, Cosmo Barbaro derives inspiration from nature and man-made objects—the texture of a seashell, the color of a hummingbird or even a machine part. “I create a visual dictionary to be utilized in my furniture design,” he explains. “These items I have stored show up in the use of color, texture and alternative materials like plastic, metal, paint, glass and leather.” A woodworker by trade, he combines classic and modern Art Deco to create everything from striking mirrors to elegant leather sofas.

Michael Solomon’s mosaic pieces offer a Post-Impressionist feel that has been compared to that of Vincent van Gogh. The self-taught artist from Brooklyn, N.Y., creates mirrors that are hand cut from stained glass, then scored and ripped into sliver-shaped shards. “Over the years I became enamored with creating flowers out of stick-like pieces,” he explains. “Then came the colored grout exploration, with some awesome contrasts that accentuate the veins between the pieces.” The result is a truly timeless, one-of-a-kind work of functional art.

Nothing encompasses a sense of whimsy more than the fantastically fun pieces created by Ira Wechsler and Robert Piccini of Puppy Pad Pieces. Over a decade ago, the duo left their respective jobs in the arts and entertainment fields in Manhattan to move across the river to Fort Lee, N.J., and create. Their unique works for the home, office and garden are created in the pique assiette style—using broken ceramics and other found objects. With works ranging from mirrors and frames to crosses and Judaica, they put a modern spin on a centuries-old art form.

For more than 25 years, Swedish-born Ingela Noren and American Daniel Grant have been creating together. First meeting in Italy as marble sculptors, they both had backgrounds in art—Ingela as a weaver and Daniel as a painter. Moving to Westtown, N.Y., they’ve combined their talents to create Grant-Noren, where they make contemporary art furniture and accessories based on Scandinavian traditions. “We both feel this is the most creative thing we’ve done in our lives,” they say. All of their artwork is hand painted using “faux finishing” techniques—a way to reproduce exotic stones and wood on furniture using brushes and combs or fists and fingers.

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