commission - SH mirror
This recent commissioned mirror was designed in close collaboration with our client with meetings at their North London home. The double room is used to display a collection of hard edge abstract paintings and we both wanted the mirror to harmonise with the art works.
The living room is painted with Little Green's
Brink Grey and t
he floor is in medium and dark oak.
The painting we chose to reference is one of two on display by the St Ives based painter Roy Conn (1931 - 2018). The canvas has a dominant bright green, with blue, dark brown and dark blue in the composition. The mirror was custom made to the same dimensions as the painting, creating a visual echo through the double room.
Both mirror and painting hang over a pair of French, grey-green marble fireplaces (c.1720), installed as part of the recent renovation of the property.
The genesis of this unique mirror design is our versatile hand painted strip mirrors.
For this commission we hand made a tray frame in solid oak and stained it to match the oak floor boards in the room. The wood was sealed, waxed, slightly distressed and then hand polished to a soft sheen.
The mirrored 4mm glass panel has smooth polished edges and appears to float within the custom mixed green coloured interior. This green was painted using artist's acrylic and is an exact match of the green in Conn's canvas. There is a 15mm gap between the mirror and the edges of the frame.
The face on the frame is 35mm wide. It has custom made hand painted strips attached in a clockwise rotation, giving the mirror its own sense of movement complementing the painting in the second part of the room.
As part of our consultation we produced a set of studies with different colour schemes and finally a sample chevron of the final colours and stain.
Our client used colours from Little Green both in the living room and throughout the house. Therefore with our client we decided that colours from their range should feature on the frames facing strips.
Arranged in a clockwise spiral they are -
Pompeian Ash, Dock Blue, Chimney Brick, and Obsidian Green.
We produced a number of studies with different colour combinations before deciding on the final five colours. These studies were then supplemented with painted wood strips to help decide on the final choice and colour sequence.
Finally we made up a sample corner, complete with a floated mirror, using two of the colours as a check on the various proportions before constructing the finished mirror.
We would like to thank our client for permission to document the mirror in its new home, and also to Guy Lockwood for the photographs.
The mirror frame is backed with 3mm MDF and has been fitted with two sturdy strap hangers for secure hanging.
This site specific, unique mirror is stamped, signed and dated on the reverse. The mirror frame, matching the size of the Roy Conn abstract, is 1250 x 935mm.
The floating mirror panel itself is 1152 x 833mm and is raised 12mm from the green painted back.
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