Stockholm-based designer Nick Ross’ project, A Mirror Darkly, takes a look back to the Stone Ages where historians believe that people used small ceramic bowls filled with water as tabletop mirrors.


Just because it wasn’t our present day, incredibly vain society doesn’t mean that people didn’t want to check out their reflection and they learned to make do with what they had – bowls and water. And while this theory can’t be proven, it does add a bit of mystique to the project – is it a new object or a reinvented old one?


The name of the mirror comes from the writings of Apostle Paul in Corinthians 13 in the phrase to see “through a glass darkly” (to have an obscure or imperfect vision of reality).


The mirror was shown as part of Konstfack’s ‘Design Anima’ show at Spazio Rossana Orlandi during Milan Design Week.