Most of the time that you look at a mirror, it’s to see yourself (and we can hardly blame you—you wouldn’t want to walk out the door looking less than perfect, would you?). But with these cunningly conceived Shine a Light Mirrors by Carton Noir, the mirrors themselves will draw your gaze. Crafted from layer upon layer of industrial cardboard—the kind of stuff they’ll be packed in should you order one—they’re a genius blend of ordinary material with out-of-the-ordinary style. Or, as Carton Noir designer Cécile Chappuis puts it, “The amazing thing with cardboard is the contrast between the crudeness of the raw material and the sophistication of the final result.” And because they're finished with high density paint, they're surprisingly sturdy and resistant to dings and dents.
Handmade by Chappuis in her eighteenth century watermill-turned-design studio in Provence using a cutting board and a razor blade, these looking glasses are inspired by seventeenth century Dutch interiors. Though they’re not very big—they measure 19.7" x 19.7" square and are 3.3" at their thickest point—the widely stepped layers of cardboard create a fair amount of depth, and mean that Chappuis was really able to play with the various textures. Available in either grapevine black or copper laurel, these beveled beauties complement everything from ultra modern spaces to more traditional rooms.