Designed by HEIMA architects and manufactured by jot.jot, the MUDU mirror strives to break a standard misconception that a mirror is a just flat object on the wall. Instead, it takes a sculptural approach, creating a volumetric piece of furniture. The shell of the mirror exploits the possibilities provided by Corian material – curved lines, uniform shape, durability. The production process of the mirror extensively uses latest technologies such as vacuum thermoforming and CNC milling, while the design concept is based on contrast. Solid volume against light wireframe, simplicity of shape against attention to details, curved shell against straight lines. The two distinct parts of the mirror – shell and frame – meet in an elegant wooden detail, which creates impression of one piece resting on the other.
When HEIMA architects started designing this mirror, they approached it as a piece of furniture rather than a house accessory. Naturally therefore, it became a free-standing volumetric object; not something we see often in a mirror. The volume is actually almost 100% unfunctional and somewhat redundant… and that‘s what its designers like most about it! The function of the shell and shape of the mirror is solely aesthetic but if you think about it, the function of every mirror in general is exactly that. It is there for you to look at yourself to make sure you look good. In that sense, MUDU embodies the essence of the mirror. Happily, HEIMA adds, “We, as architects, don‘t often have a chance to design redundant stuff, so it was kind of a therapy to finally do it… In our studio we are all architects, so perhaps our line of thought is different than designers‘.” – HEIMA architects
The conical shape of the mirror, it turns out, was simply a by-product of the creative process, beyond functional explanation. There was a lot of search of form and experimentation in the early stages of the design. Architects are often expected to focus on function, sustainability, feasibility, etc and are often criticised for experimenting with shape. HEIMA disagree, and believe that architects, as well as designers deserve to and should experiment with shape. They believe an ugly building can have as much damage to the society as a poorly functioning one, and are pleased to have had the opportunity to craft an object without any of the restrictions of function. Transcending its role as a piece of furniture, MUDU is their purest representation of the mirror concept. It is more sculpture than mirror.
HEIMA architects; heima.lt
Photography © Ignas Maldžiūnas