The absence of virtually all design shows for the year 2020 (Salon Art + Design, Architectural Digest Home Show, ICFF, and on and on) — which was probably my least favorite Covid cancelation — serves as the inspiration for Friedman Benda’s latest exhibit: What Would Have Been, which I visited a few weeks ago to get my design-fix on! The exhibition gives fans access to design that lost its intended platform; works shown briefly before museum doors closed or failed to open at all. A favorite piece in the gallery (and not just because it’s pink) was Chris Schank’s Grotto Mirror — which may look familiar to some readers.
The Grotto Mirror is part of Schanck’sUnhomely collection, which employs his Alufoil method of sculpting industrial and discarded materials, covering them in aluminum foil and then sealing each with resin.
Grotto Mirror Installation View
Each mirror is a unique piece and would surely be the center of attention in any room!
I had to look at this photo for a few seconds before I saw past the ornate, neo-Rococo frame to recognize the familiar Batman icon making up the actual mirror itself. Very cool! Created out of hand-molded, painted gypsum from a 2008 design by Stanislav Katz, this conversation-starting mirror comes standard in black, vintage gold or white (with other colors available on request), and measures just over 32-inches wide by 27-inches high. The sale price for one of just five mirrors currently available is $320 (not too dear really, considering) with shipping (from Latvia!) setting you back another $120. Purchasing information can be found at This Link!