This mirror is amazing! It would be amazing on its own, straight out of the box. But, the juxtaposition it creates with its environment is what makes it truly special and memorable. This juxtaposition is definitely a nice little moment.
The classic architectural elements of the room in which this modern mirror is hanging could be described as elegant and formal with its rounded moulding and decorative carving. It could even be considered somewhat soft when compared with the harsh, sharp angular forms of the mirror. While these differing qualities make for a stark contrast, the room and the mirror still coexist wonderfully well. To go all type nerd on you, the classic interior is to the modern mirror what an old style serif typeface is to a modern sans-serif typeface; the perfect complement.
Here is what I would wear if I were kickin’ it in this room:
In college, one of my graphic design professors had the strangest expressions for talking about and critiquing graphic design pieces. One of these expression was to call a particularly well-designed element a “little moment.” At first I thought this was ridiculous. After all, a moment is a measure of time, not the measure of the quality of a graphic element. Eventually though, I came to enjoy this expression; along with my professor’s many others. The phrase, in fact, is the perfect analogy; it compares a well thought-out graphic element to that moment in time when everything suddenly makes sense. The “aha moment,” if you will. …FYI, “aha moment” was another favorite phrase of my graphic design professors :).
In case you’re wondering, I’m telling this story because I’m thinking about starting a new post series called “A Nice Little Moment.” In it, I will share images that I think contain nice little moments. This is the first edition!
So, what do I think is nice about this photo? …the symmetry! Usually, I’m not one for symmetry because I find pieces that are asymmetrical to be more dynamic and compositionally pleasing. That is unless the symmetry of a piece is perfectly exact. …and the decor of the bathroom in this photo is pretty darn close! 2 ceiling lights, 2 wall sconces, 2 mirrors, 2 sinks all centered in the composition. The real kicker (or nice little moment) is how the 2 bright pink stripes on the rug align with the 2 sinks and the 2 mirrors. This made me happy!