Rounded-corner frames in a world full of angles

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Designers know that some of the most effective aspects of their work can be achieved by subtle touches. Small design choices can make an impact because they catch the eye when it’s expecting something else. We might be glancing past something quickly when … “What did I just see that was different?”

That’s the effect you can achieve with our rounded mirror frames.

Rounded mirror frames aren’t really a big deal

The fact is that making mirrors with rounded-corner frames isn’t terribly challenging for us. Once the tooling is in place to bend the 4.75-inch radius corners into the steel frame and cut the matching curves in the corners of the copper-free mirrored glass, the rest of the process is the same as for some of our other mirror designs. And because many of our designs share the same high-quality materials and close manufacturing tolerances, adding rounded-corner frames is just part of the process.
What makes rounded mirror frames stand out is everything around them.

We live in an angular world

We surround ourselves with angles — in our houses and buildings, our streets and cities. The organic world around us has few hard angles, but the things we build ourselves are more likely to have sharp angles than not. And the reason is, angles are easier and cheaper to manufacture. It’s much simpler to join two boards or pieces of metal at an angle than to make them bend. Corners are efficient and functional, so we’re conditioned to expect and accept them.

That means that when we encounter a curve where we expect an angle, it catches the eye. It’s a small surprise — and a pleasant one. There’s something pleasurable about finding a curve where there doesn’t need to be one.

Like a bathroom.

Bathrooms are also mostly angular places. Yes, there are curves where you would expect them; where they serve a purpose: the bowl of a toilet, the rims of most lavatories, the handles of faucets. But countertops are nearly always cut with straight lines. Toilet stalls have walls that meet at 90-degree angles. Lights set in the ceiling and joints between tiles in the floor have sharp corners. And mirrors nearly always do, too. So when you find mirrors with rounded-corner frames … it catches the eye. It’s a pleasant surprise.

This is even more true in a hallway, one of the most angular spaces we see every day. A hallway is a straight route between one place and another. The floor meets the walls that meet the ceiling in a long rectangle that provides an efficient and businesslike route to our next destination. So when a guest walks down that hallway and passes a rounded mirror frame, they notice. They may even stop to appreciate it, and then use it for what a mirror’s actually for.

Does choosing a rounded mirror frame matter?

No, not really. All of our mirror choices are elegant and functional. Some are lighted. All are well-designed.

But if you choose a mirror with one of our rounded-corner frames that’s powder-coated to match or complement your interior design, it says something. It’s an intentional, thoughtful choice that tells visitors and guests you want them to notice things. That you take an interest in even the most functional things around them. That you want them to appreciate that you appreciate them — enough to go out of your way to choose fixtures that surprise and please.

At S2 Design, we go out of our way to create luxurious fixtures. All of them represent our standards, our creativity and our dedication to elegant accessories. Every one of our mirrors says that about us.

Choosing a rounded mirror frame says a little more … about you.

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