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Fairest of all mirrors

Since time immemorial, we have used mirrors to dress ourselves up. But, for a change, mirrors were dressed up at an exhibition at Cross Currents.

Lauren Andrade and Meera Banerjee.

CROSS CURRENTS, an interior design store, held an unusual exhibition in the City last week — of mirrors in many creative shapes and sizes. For a change, one was tempted to look at the mirrors and not the image of oneself in them.

The one-of-its-kind show was the outcome of the painstaking efforts of the proprietors of Cross Currents, Meera Banerjee and Lauren Andrade, both interior designers. As they put it, the shop itself is their way of "reaching out to clients in a more personal and creative way.'' The shop retails furniture and interior accessories which use a variety of wood and veneers.

The show was the first experimentation with mirrors by Cross Currents. Titled "Reflections'', the show had mirrors designed in mixed media, with the purpose of highlighting different kinds of space. The vibrant designs were a result of experiments in different material such as wood, bamboo, ceramics, and stained glass. One could see mirrors with cane, beaten metal, terracotta, and even denim fabric frames. A mirror, which spanned the entire length of a wall, seemed ideal to be used as a display in a living room. There were mirrors, which comprised a set of two or three smaller ones. ``Everyone has mirrors in their homes, but more often than not, it is used conventionally and for purely functional purposes. Usually, mirrors figure only in the bathroom or along with a dressing table. We wanted to bring mirrors into the living spaces of homes. Mirrors need not be entirely utilitarian, and this exhibition was held to bring out the aesthetic appeal of mirrors,'' said Ms. Banerjee.

She said: "If a client likes a particular design but wants the dimensions changed, we are open to doing that as well.'' The response for the exhibition of atypical mirrors was mixed, but their objective — of making people aware of the various possibilities of a utility object — was achieved. Surprisingly enough, pieces made from conventional and safe material were preferred to those that involved creative use of unusual material, she added. Cross Currents, at Pentagon, Mosque Road, has plans to host exhibitions regularly. You can call the shop on 5480166.


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