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8 Favorites: Modern Hand Mirrors

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8 Favorites: Modern Hand Mirrors

January 6, 2015

Once the essential vanity topper, hand mirrors have become almost obsolete–quaint relics to prop on a dresser or cluster on a wall. But for those who like to sit and reflect í  la fairy-tale stepmothers and mermaids, hand mirrors are starting to make a comeback in a sleek new guise. These eight are perfect for start-of-the year self scrutiny.

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Above: New York design studio Good Thing makes its Utility Mirror by polishing stainless steel to a mirror sheen and dipping it in industrial rubber for a colorful grip. Available in five colors, they’re $50 each.

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Above: The Reflection Hand Mirror is rimmed in matte black metal and has a sheesham wood handle; $19.95 from CB2.

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Above: The freestanding Maru Hand Mirror by Ladies & Gentlemen Studio of Seattle is backed in brass and mounted on a handle made of brass (shown), copper, or aluminum with a wood core. It’s 14 inches tall and available for $325 in the materials shown from A+R Store. For a DIY hand mirror inspired by this design, go to The Merry Thought.

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Above: Berlin multimedia artist Sarah Illenger’s Ping Pong mirror is made of wood and acrylic glass; €120 ($144.82).

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Above: Another standing design, the BoConcept Hand Mirror has a maple handle and is 13 1/2 inches tall; $29 from BoConcept.

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Above: A clean-lined classic, Brook Farm General Store’s 9.5-inch-tall Hand Mirror is made in Germany of waxed beechwood; $35.

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Above: The aluminum Mirror Mirror by Danish design studio Hay is $82 from Finnish Design Shop. It’s also available in a round version in copper for $82. And Mjolk in Toronto offers the circular Mirror Mirror in brass for $85 CAD ($72.41 USD).

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Above: Ideal atop a bureau or dresser, the Vanity Tray by London designers Brose-Fogale, £120 ($186.55), comes in three color combinations; Fluoro Yellow/Copper is shown here. Brose-Fogale offers a similar Hand Mirror in oak; £35 ($54.43).

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Frequently asked questions

What are modern hand mirrors?

Modern hand mirrors are hand-held mirrors with contemporary designs and styles. They typically feature sleek, minimalist frames, simple shapes, and bold colors or textures.

What are the benefits of using a hand mirror?

Hand mirrors can be used for a variety of purposes, such as applying makeup, styling hair, or inspecting your skin or teeth. They can also be handy for checking your appearance throughout the day.

What are some popular designs for modern hand mirrors?

Some popular designs for modern hand mirrors include geometric shapes, textured frames, and mirrored surfaces in tinted or smoked glass. Some mirrors also feature unique handles or stands for added functionality and visual interest.

How do I choose the right hand mirror for me?

When choosing a hand mirror, consider your personal style, the purpose of the mirror, and your budget. Look for a mirror that is comfortable to hold, has a sturdy frame, and offers a clear reflection. Additionally, consider the size and weight of the mirror, as well as any additional features that may be important to you.

Where can I buy modern hand mirrors?

Modern hand mirrors can be purchased from a variety of retailers, including home decor stores, online marketplaces, and specialty shops that cater to beauty and grooming products. Some popular retailers for modern hand mirrors include West Elm, CB2, and Amazon.

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