Mirror by Tetsuo Kondo Architects

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Tetsuo Kondo Architects of Tokyo have designed a mirror that reflects a clear image when viewed straight-on but appears cloudy from the side.

A special film laid over the glass creates this effect, while the frame is covered in embossed paper.

Here's a little information from Tetsuo Kondo:

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Special film is applied to the surface of this full-length mirror, which reflects a clear image at its center, when looked at directly.

Functional in essence, the piece also maintains the aura of a sculpture, softly shining when seen from an oblique angle.

Depending on the beholder’s viewing angle and distance, the mirror’s appearance transforms.

The frame is finished with subtly embossed paper, revealing itself on close inspection.

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  • Lucap

    I love their website!

  • horrible haridas

    the film is a polarizer film, right? i think i’ve seen a lot of these in retail and shopfront use, not on mirrors though.

  • Alexander Etchells

    Nice Eek Chair.

  • Brigitte Bardot

    deja vu

  • julien

    Lumisty film… I love it…

    Now, how to DIY it at home:
    1/ Take a cheap IKEA mirror
    2/stick a mass produced film on it (1800 US dollars for roll…)
    3/ enjoy…

  • http://riyadjoucka.com riyadjoucka.com

    this is great.

  • christoph

    look under lumisty film

  • no biggie

    Mirror + 3M Film = Mirror by Tetsuo

  • mikaël

    every mirror in bathrooms in bars and at the Montreal airport have been like this for at least two years for security and privacy reasons. The company that makes theses films for mirror also make a similar one with inverse effect for bay windows on street level where you cannot view straight on.
    I guess what tka meant to say is they followed manufacturer’s directions and added a nice embossed paper frame

  • http://www.bingobongo.com bingo bongo

    WTF!

    “Tetsuo Kondo Architects of Tokyo have designed a mirror that reflects a clear image when viewed straight-on but appears cloudy from the side.”

    Dezeen are you serious? Somebody else invented this material a long time ago. A lot of people use it / have used it.

    The article should read:

    “Tetsuo Kondo Architects of Tokyo have bought a mirror that reflects a clear image when viewed straight-on but appears cloudy from the side.”

    I cannot buy some aluminum foil wrap a chicken in it and say
    ‘I have designed a reflective heat insulating chicken’. Come on.

    I love Japanese design but this article has no place on a design website.

  • asnahjourney

    totally agree with Lucap… love their website :)

  • Thierry

    amazing!! Luv it!

  • angry catalan

    Very very good.

  • http://www.michaelschoner.de michael

    i like the idea of bing bongs chicken.
    will send some images to dezeen tomorrow – hope they will post it!
    hope he is not first!

  • http://www.michaelschoner.de michael

    can japanese ever design something else then pale white almost dissolving houses with skinny plants in them?

  • adolf loos

    I like it

    And I don’t really understand the arguing here…to me it’s not about the technical invention but more about the idea of providing a domestic/sculptural/”””aesthetic””” design of this invention.

    “Tetsuo Kondo Architects of Tokyo have designed a mirror that reflects a clear image when viewed straight-on but appears cloudy from the side. ”

    yes bingobongo&co, they designed it, they didn’t invent it. I won’t risk myself into taking examples in furniture design since I don’t know that field well enough, but I guess that most famous designers were better in using technique than in its invention…

    • Viktor

      But there is really no technique here man,
      Just a mirror and a frame.

      The intension of "reflects a clear image when viewed straight-on but appears cloudy from the side. " is already clearly the intension of the film's manufacturer.

      I guess we should have some beer before continue discussing. :)

  • http://www.schoolofinteriordesign.org/ Quinn Warren

    It is so unwise to put too much fragile furniture in elevated room. It should be noted that lightning should be at a high level through out the room. Tetsuo Kondo interior design is uniquely impressive since it embodies the desire of the occupants.

  • mikaël

    adolf, you are probably right,
    guess I missed the point here and it is a nice way to hijack the purpose of a product from security to a more poetic environement. Still, most of the information given is a description of the film proprieties.

  • Thomas

    great idea! and very beautiful as well.
    but I agree with mikael in some sense.
    there should have been a bit more description about the concept.

  • curb

    haha lucap… sarcasm? i hope so.

  • altusabra

    Japan architects are the best in the whole world ! :)

  • david

    i’m not sure if it was sarcasm about the website, but i genuinely do like it a lot.