Darkly Mirror is an exploration of the history of human beings’ relationship with the reflected image.
Some historians believe that the earliest mirrors may have been small ceramic bowls filled with water used during the late Stone Age. The fact that there is no concrete evidence exists to support the theory fascinates designer Nick Ross, whose Darkly Mirror for MENU takes inspiration from the ceramic bowls. “That it cannot be proven adds to the object’s mystery. Is this a new object, or an old one reinvented? I wanted to take this notion and create a modern object which questioned its possible past and its relation to ‘the self’.”
The Darkly Mirror takes us back to the point at which humans began to place importance on the ability to see themselves the reflected image, which could be contained in some form.
Scottish designer Nick Ross graduated with an MA in Interior Architecture and Furniture Design from Konstfack University in Stockholm, Sweden in 2013, and founded his eponymous studio in early 2014. Today, Ross lives and works in Stockholm. In developing his designs, Ross often explores the narratives embedded in history, looking at how these affect our understanding of the past and how they can be adapted to our present. He gravitates toward natural materials, seeking to respect their identities while finding innovative ways to utilise and present their potential to bring new dimensions to contemporary spaces.