annals of bad design: mirrored credenza?

Mikiya Kobayashi's mirrored credenza is a design nightmare

Having installed quite a few mirrors into ‘the improvised life’s’ new laboratory, we’ve witnessed first-hand how quickly they show fingerprints and smudges, along with a streaky glare acquired a week or so after being cleaned. We’ve also been experiencing how much “shows” on or white high gloss doors and walls – and they don’t come close to mirror-like.

So we took one look at Mikiya Kobayashi‘s mirrored Lacus credenza and thought: Are you CRAZY?!!!

While the birch branch knobs are charming, and the idea of having a mirrored face is interesting (possibly creating an illusion of more space), this credenza would be an on-going disaster, rife with the demand to be constantly polished…not what we want to be doing with our time.

What do you think?

Stay-tuned for an upcoming post about high design from a housekeeper’s point-of-view.

via designboom

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3 Responses to annals of bad design: mirrored credenza?

  1. Rebecca 09.14.2012 at 12:57pm #

    I completely agree. Mirrored furniture has been trending lately and while it is appealling, the required maintenance is not worth it. I hardly buy anything that is difficult to dust, has intricate carving or ledges that might catch anything. I’ve regretted the framed cabinet doors and room doors in my house since I built it! I just can’t seem to get into the corners where those triangles of dust and gunk reside.

  2. sydney 09.16.2012 at 7:51am #

    agreed, nevermind that it’s low enough for cats and dogs to leave their little calling cards too.

  3. Kay 09.16.2012 at 12:23pm #

    I’m actually refinishing a dresser I’ve had for years and am considering the idea of facing the drawers with mirrors. I love the mirror look. I had a mirrored coffee table for years in my living room. Over the years it survived tiny fingerprints, coloring books, and toys from my two boys and five grandkids. A little glass cleaner is a quick clean compared to my stainless steel kitchen counter island. I would buy the dresser featured in a heartbeat.

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