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MIRROR MIRROR on the HauteGREEN wall

by , 07/18/07

mirror mirror, hautegreen, Paul Loebach, ecof

Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all? Well, as far as mirrors go, Paul Loebach’s Mirror Mirror – which we spotted at this year’s HauteGREEN show – may very well take the cake. Its intricate design is gorgeous, but even better is its clever and uber-efficient use of wood, which produces two mirror frames in a single cut (one is the removed piece of the other).


Mirror Mirror began as a piece of wood that Paul found in a salvage yard, which he then cut in a pattern with a decorative edge. He separated the two pieces and created a different mirror on each one. The idea for this piece was simple, “By using a single cutting operation to produce multiple objects with zero waste, this product is a playful exploration of how efficient manufacturing processes can provide sustainable solutions.” Paul said.

+ Paul Loebach
+ Inhabitat @ HauteGREEN

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6 Comments

  1. Paul August 5, 2007 at 12:34 pm

    It is wise to consider warpage- though not an issue in this case (see 18th cent. Queen Anne mirrors, also cut from solids)

  2. Paul August 5, 2007 at 12:33 pm

    Good point! Should have mentioned I used the center rectangle for hanging and mounting the glass from behind.

  3. aaron July 30, 2007 at 2:27 am

    short grain/ warpage issue. Should have been ply.

  4. Ari July 20, 2007 at 5:15 pm

    Looks preety. It is really pitty to cut a good size of solid wood into smaller pieces. Timber becomes less and less in the future specially the bigger size. We should avoid to cut bigger solid wood only to create small objects.

  5. Sam July 19, 2007 at 1:52 pm

    Zero waste? I hope he made a cutting board out of the center rectangle!

  6. sunnyday July 18, 2007 at 5:48 pm

    That is a very basic woodworking technique and it’s not novel or unique… just saying.

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