Since ancient times, mirrors have reflected back the image of the beholder. In ancient Greek mythology, we’re told the overtly proud and disdainful Narcissus, while gazing at his own reflection in a pond one day, was stricken with a divine curse. He was to fall in love with his own reflection and not be able to look away until death overcame him.
Another less tragic, yet great purveyor of mirrors would come centuries later when Louis XIV built the Hall of Mirrors in the Palace of Versailles in 1678. I had the chance to visit this glorious site and really was charmed by the combination of the mirrors and lighting. During this time, due to the difficulty in manufacturing, mirrors were the highest priced luxury item one could possess. Fortunately for King Louis, the Venetian Republic monopolized the manufacturing of mirrors. He amassed a collection of 357 mirrors in his lifetime! View the Hall of Mirrors in 360 degree format, it is truly amazing.
Floor mirrors can be a gorgeous, accessory that takes advantage of the concept of scale. The majority of the large leaning mirrors found today are too massive to be attached attached to the wall.
Avant Garde Design (via)
This gorgeous French gold gilt leaning mirror looks perfect set amongst the harp and campaign tables with a tall ceiling towering above.
Philippe Starck’s CAADRE mirror makes an incredible spectacle in its modern form when placed in an Italian ballroom with an equally as modern table, white leather sofa and floor lamp.
Décor Allure (via)
This is the thing a French antique mirror! Gorgeous. All it needs is a little TLC and it will be as good as new.
Elle Décor (via)
The massive gold framed mirror reflects the beauty of the room before it. Love the double hang chandeliers.