The first prototype of this pocket mirror was created in 2015, as a gift to my wife Laura. Her plastic pocket mirror had broken and I took this as an opportunity to make her a new pocket mirror out of wood. The design came about without a drawing and the idea of connecting the two wooden halves with hidden magnets emerged during the making process rather than being planned from the outset.
To be honest, many of the advantages of this product only became apparent in use: the mirror can be elegantly slide opened with one hand, and the halves can be attached to any magnetic surfaces.
After the prototype had been in use for a few years, I finally decided to turn it into a product. Rarely has one of my products gone through such a long “test phase” as this pocket mirror. In a way, this has conceptually strengthened the product significantly as it had already passed the test of time when it came on the market.
It took dozens of models to turn Laura's Mirror into a product. The geometry, the choice of materials and the strength and size of the magnets had to be carefully matched.
I really like it when the result of my design process is a product that looks like it could have been around for decades. This is exactly what has been achieved with Laura's Mirror – it simply looks like a pocket mirror.
The pocket mirror initially came onto the market in three types of wood: maple, cherry and walnut combine well with each other.
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