Danish designer Ida Elke, founder of ELKELAND Studio, works out of a small cabin situated deep in her native countryside. From this remote and idyllic location, where her most common companions are the hens living next door, Elke focuses on creating a diverse range of objects that encourage contemplation and reverie. Her latest series of tabletop mirrors – debuting this week during Northmodern design fair, a biannual showcase of Nordic and international design in Copenhagen – provoke us to reconsider the experience of interacting with our reflection.
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The line is a continuation of ideas first expressed in Elke's Mirror Mobiles: simple geometric constructions made of reflective acrylic panels and fastened together with woven joints of brass rods and jute, then suspended in space to subtly interfere with our perceptions. While the new mirrors are formally very similar to the mobiles – employing the same weaving technique and the juxtaposition of raw and shiny materials – they interact with their surroundings in more complex ways.