The collection takes its inspiration – and its name – from the vanity-table mirrors of the 18th century, which typically featured three adjustable mirror panels connected by hinges, allowing the viewer to admire themselves from multiple perspectives. In its Vanity design, GamFratesi reinterprets one of the key functional elements of this – the hinge – in a contemporary context, thereby creating a modern design that preserves an aesthetic link to the past.
The hinges themselves are finished in brass, which pairs beautifully with the warmth of the hand-crafted walnut veneer used on the panels. Created bespoke for the Vanity Mirror Collection, the hinges require the highest degree precision in order to achieve the necessary tolerances (just one-tenth of a millimeter) and ensure a satisfyingly smooth but reassuringly controlled motion.
GamFratesi has been working with GUBI since the inception of its studio, and the collaboration has produced some of its most admired modern designs, beginning with the Beetle Chair, and including the IOI Wall Mirror – another perfect marriage of function and decoration. Drawing on their dual heritage, Italian Enrico Fratesi and Danish Stine Gam share GUBI’s ability to synthesize seemingly opposing ideas – the classic and the contemporary, the intellectual and the sensorial, the crafted and the engineered. These defining juxtapositions – and the explorative material curiosity that animates their design practice – are brilliantly exemplified in the Vanity Mirror Collection.
Vanity Mirror 1: 11.02" W x 1.85" D x 29.05" H Vanity Mirror 2: 22.91" W x 2.08" D x 27.16" H Vanity Mirror 3: 45.9" W x 2.08" D x 27.16" H