Berns Hotel’s Exploding Mirror

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Berns Hotel’s Exploding Mirror

Unique dining room installation for design week...

They clearly don’t have that whole ‘7 years of bad luck’ thing in Sweden. Whilst in town for the recent Stockholm Design Week, we dropped in on super-stylish hotel Berns to review their Asiatiska restaurant (more on that to come) – and, whilst we expected good things in terms of design and cuisine, it’s fair to say we didn’t expect to see a shattering full-wall mirror, suspended in time.

Installed during design week, Unexploited Spaces was conceived by the students of Beckmans College of Design – whose young designers also impressed us with their Never Mind the Object show – in collaboration with historic cutlery manufacturers Gense; and continues the their theme of questioning perspectives and perceptions of objects.

Theatrical and enchanting, the feeling that you were frozen in a moment of ambiguity and uncertainty was unnervingly hypnotic; the elegant period setting only serving to heighten the installation’s beauty. If only all dining rooms were this dramatic.

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