david derksen and lex pott: oxidized transience mirrors david derksen and lex pott: oxidized transience mirrors
nov 10, 2011

david derksen and lex pott: oxidized transience mirrors

‘transience mirrors’ by david derksen and lex pott all images courtesy of david derksen and lex pott 

dutch designers david derksen and lex pott have created ‘transience’, a series of geometric mirrors
that take the concept of oxidization and use it to create texture and color on the reflective surfaces. 
 
usually oxidization happens randomly and over long periods of time as the silver layer reacts
with oxygen and water. although this is usually seen as a sign of degradation,
the duo have explored and gained control of this process to create layers of color ranging
from golds and browns to purples and blues. sulfur is added to the top layer of the mirrors and left for varying
amounts of time. the longer the chemical reaction is left to occur, the deeper the color.
the shapes reinforce the geometric forms of the mirror while the changes in tone create the illusion of laying.  

circular version of oxidized mirror

linear mirror 

detail of attainable color variations in triangular version 

detail of circular mirror 

view of studio space from above 

designing and preparing the project 

oxidizing the mirrors 

scraping off the oxidizing materials 

the finishing steps 

(from left to right) lex pott and david derksen 

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