Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, LED and a new generation
Infinity mirrors create the illusion of an endless space lined with LED lights. The reflections appear to get smaller and smaller as they fade into the vastness of space. The infinity mirrors appear to be a portal into the infinite and the effect is awe-inspiring. When it is switched off, the piece becomes a functional mirror, artfully framed in weathered brass or chrome. When switched on, one sees into the beyond. The Carnival Infinity Mirror features nostalgic LED bulbs that provide a warm glow that soothes and enchants. NOVA of California designs and manufactures a range of infinity products for the wall and as free-standing leaners.
The unique illusion is accomplished by using two mirrors, one that is one-way or fully reflective and one that is two-way or partially reflective. The one-way mirror is surrounded by points of light and the other mirror is placed parallel to it, a short distance in front. When the points of light are turned on, they reflect between the two mirrors to provide an otherworldly effect. When looking into the illuminated mirror, you can see a continuous line of lights creating the illusion of depth and infinite space. The lights can be switched off to return the mirror to ‘normal.’
While mirrors traditionally are used to make a smaller room look bigger, with an infinity mirror, this effect is magnified as it creates the illusion of endless space. Infinity mirrors are great statement pieces in a living room over a sofa or sectional, used in an entertainment room or recreational room and can be spellbinding at the end of a hallway.
Instagram has been instrumental is feeding the rise in popularity of NOVA/Jon Gilmore Designs Infinity Mirror collection. With the fascination inspired by Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Rooms, we have seen a spike in interest in our Infinity Mirrors.
Jon Gilmore–artist, tinkerer, and mad scientist–has been creating a range of infinity mirrors for wall décor, furniture, and clocks since 1969. The years of painstakingly soldering miniature Christmas lights to a copper wire are gone and the changes in LED technology have created opportunities to redesign these magical mirrors for a new generation.
When an 90 year-old artist from Japan launched her Infinity Room, this brought on a recent resurgence of interest in this 50 year old illusion that originated in a small shop in Long Beach, California.
There are very few solutions to creating space in a finite living environment and we can think of nothing more dramatic than adding an illuminated infinity mirror to enlarge the perceived space of a room. Yayoi Kusama utilized a series of mirrors to produce the Infinity Mirrored Room that has become an international sensation.
It is interesting to see how illuminated decorative pieces that were popular in the mid-century have been redesigned utilizing LED technology. There is a whole new generation of consumers that are unfamiliar with designs of the past that can be reimagined with new innovations that have emerged over the past 50 years.
Both artful and strategic, infinity mirrors work wonders to draw attention to a space with their reflective faces and they create magic by making any room feel more open and dimensional. Running the gamut of style, color, shape and size, these design tools can suit any contemporary aesthetic. Popular since the early 1970’s, these statement pieces are more timeless and versatile than a piece of art, as mirrors offer a blank canvas and reflect the world around us. For living rooms, home theatre spaces, recreational rooms, or man caves, the infinity mirror is a show-stopper and Jon Gilmore has perfected the art of bending space.