What’s up With the Squiggly Mirror Phenomenon?

A trend as bizarre as it is harmless, squiggly mirrors – a.k.a. funky mirrors or wavy mirrors – have surged in popularity. They are a favorite among the fashionable, the nostalgic, and influencers alike.

The wavy mirror dates back to the 1970s when Ettore Sottsass designed them for the furniture company Poltronova. His initial creation was named the Ultrafragola mirror, Italian for “ultimate strawberry.”

The inspiration for his design was a celebration of femininity, which makes it all the more exciting that fifty years later, female influencers are using them to put forth their own messages of empowerment.

“Its undulating lines add a bit of personality and quirkiness to any space, which is likely why it has become popular among younger generations,” Henry Lowel told Wealth of Geeks. The CFO of The Great Brain Experiment has been keeping a close eye on this trend.

Why Are Squiggly Mirrors So Appealing?

He also suggests that their fifteen minutes of fame are thanks partly to a renewed interest in abstract art. “As people become more interested in different art forms, they are also drawn to the unique aesthetics of the squiggly mirror,” he says.

“With its soft pink glow, this mirror almost begs to be noticed in any stylish living space,” says Laurice Constantine, the Digital Managing Editor of Forbes Middle East.

“Squiggly mirrors are popular among those who struggle with mental health issues, such as anxiety or depression. They offer an interactive experience many people find comforting or therapeutic,” Jennifer Schlette told Wealth of Geeks.

Their Instagramability is irrefutable, even if their therapeutic value has yet to be proven. The mirrors represent a blend of modernity and nostalgia that will serve as the backdrop for selfies for a long time yet, locking new moments into history.

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