Broken Mirror Gray in polyurethane by Snarkitecture - Gufram

Brand: Gufram
Design: Snarkitecture
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Gray Broken Mirror in polyurethane by Snarkitecture - Gufram

Date: 2017
Snarkitecture (Daniel Arsham, Alex Mustonen)

Brand: Gufram
Color: Gray
Material: Glass, Polyurethane
Dimensions:  W 100 cm x D 20 cm x H 200 cm

Availability: 3 weeks

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The Italian publishing house GUFRAM joined forces in 2017 with the architects and artists of the Snarkitecture studio to bring its very first mirror to life.

If they were chosen for this project, it is for their explorations between art and architecture, as the radical Italian designers of the 1960s and 1970s did. From their association with the Gufram brand was born "Broken Mirror", the house's first mirror to be produced in gray or in a black version limited to 77 copies.

This one sees its reflective surface surrounded by a flexible polyurethane frame which takes the form of a breach in the wall. A breach where you can see your reflection, but also an optical effect that gives the feeling of having access to another dimension.

Thus, Broken Mirror is a project that ironically plays with a misunderstanding, taking advantage of the concept of "soft / non-soft", perfectly imitating concrete but "soft" and flexible, and highlights the main characteristic of the mirror, which is to reflect the world in front of it, but also to create a new world, a parallel world.

The mirror frame is available in black or gray (the white version is now sold out).

The polyurethane surrounding the mirror is entirely hand cut.

For this reason, each piece is slightly different from another, and therefore it is a unique item.

The effect similar to the texture of the wall is created with Guflac, a special paint patented by Gufram which is applied entirely by hand; it makes polyurethane look like leather while maintaining its elasticity, thus allowing a unique aesthetic.

Glass mirror, soft polyurethane frame hollowed out by hand

Guflac © coating

Delivered in a wooden case with certificate of authenticity

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Snarkitecture is a New York-based collaborative practice founded by Daniel Arsham and Alex Mustonen.

Snarkitecture's work focuses on designing existing spaces or collaborating with other artists and designers. They aim to reuse or abuse the existing architecture to make the architecture perform the unexpected. Arsham and Mustonen met while studying at the Cooper Union in New York City and established Snarkitecture as a formal practice in 2008.

The American artist Daniel Arsham combines sculpture, drawing, architecture and cinema in the conception of his works. He imagines futuristic works retracing the history of our present. Thus, he adds crystals on fragments of his works to give them that precious and priceless appearance. Our history and its remains are therefore a source of inspiration and richness in his eyes. The materials he uses support his point: sand, selenite and volcanic ash are worked to appear ancient.
Daniel Arsham now carries out numerous partnerships with luxury brands such as the last collaboration with Dior.

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Gufram is an Italian furniture manufacturer based in Barolo (Piedmont region). Founded in 1966 by the Gugliermetto brothers, Gufram, acronym for "Gugliermetto Fratelli Arredamenti Moderni", takes the form of a creative laboratory: they combine their knowledge of local craftsmanship with the emerging architects and artists of the time. Their objects of art sculptures upset the aesthetics of furniture from the 1960s. From 1965, Gufram followed the artistic direction of designer Giuseppe Raimondi, who associated the company with emerging artists and architects of the time.

They study new choices of materials and mainly choose polyurethane foam to pad and structure their sculptural creations. Polyurethane will become their trademark. In addition to mastering the treatment of flexible polyurethane, Gufram has developed and patented a special finish: Guflac®, the true essence of the company's artisanal spirit: this special and unique paint job makes surfaces more uniform, consistent and elastic. . Soft and elegant shapes are thus created, innovative shapes that would otherwise be impossible to cover. 

Gufram icons, whatever collection they are part of, are made by sculpting flexible polyurethane foam which is then finished or decorated by hand with the Guflac® backing.

Their creations, in the wake of pop art, are anchored in the avant-garde movement of the 1960s.
In 1968, Gufram presented its products under the name Multipli: art objects industrially reproduced in limited edition. Gufram then met with considerable success with the public and the international press. Among their most remarkable creations: the Bocca sofa, originally designed by Salvador Dali, the Cactus coat rack, the majestic Pratone seat or even more recently the grotesque gravestone-shaped stools The End from the Toiletpaper collection, or the Broken Mirror imagined by Snarkitecture.
These “domestic sculptures” now appear in the most beautiful houses and the most renowned museums in the world.
The Gufram company was bought in 2012 by the entrepreneur Sandra Vezza and her son Charley as artistic director. They were able to breathe new life into the company, especially during the celebrations of the company's 2016th anniversary in 50, but also with new collaborations such as the one with Moschino “Moschino kissed Gufram”.

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