Estúdio Parrado created a wall mirror composed of three complementary pieces that come together for harmonious balance. The Loop Mirror brings together concrete, a metal loop, and a mirror to form what you’d think would be a bulky finished product but instead is a delicate, refined piece for the wall.
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Wanting to eliminate waste, they turned to digital technologies, specifically CNC technology, to get each component ready to assemble. The concrete base was formed after making a machined MDF model so they could make a polyurethane mold. The mold was tricky as it needed to have three parts that would shape the notch that holds the mirror glass, a wall bracket, and a pin that holds the frame together, all in one piece. The looped frame is a machined steel strip with two holes that fit securely around the concrete pin.
Separately, the pieces don’t make much sense until they fit together – the mirror slides into the concrete base and then the frame wraps around the mirror and locks onto the base around the protruding pin – without any glue screws, or welding.