I feel like there is a shift in interiors where homeware is beginning to gravitate towards the transient and alchemical… using delicate materials and ethereal finishes.

An example that I can’t get out of my head is a series of delicate mirrors by Dutch designer David Derksen. Called Transcience the project shows the beauty of the natural oxidizing process of mirrors. By accelerating and manipulating this process, the mirrors show various stages of oxidation in three different geometrical patterns. Depending on the time that the silver is reacting with sulphur, different colour tones can be achieved, ranging from gold to brown, to purple to blue. I love the silhouettes and ghostly outlines…



Author: Rohini Wahi

Rohini is a London based freelance journalist and trend forecaster for the design industries. She has worked for Elle Decoration, Living Etc, Houzz and Design Sponge amongst others.

She loves a period drama and keeps a tidy home. Launched in 2007 The Beat That My Heart Skipped focuses on home inspirations, design trends, lifestyle and food – coupled with an insight into Rohini’s work and home life – from key picks at trade shows to styled weekend soirees. To contact Rohini for queries, work for hire or just to say hi drop her a line at

1 Comment on Transcience

  1. Mummy
    Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011 12:50 at 12:50 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh I love these! takes me back to art college when we did colour grading! x

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