We've featured the work of designer David Derksen a couple of times before here on M.E., and each time we check into his website we seem to find another great project.
Here's his latest; called 'Transcience' and developed together with Lex Pott for the 2011 Dutch Design Week taking place at the moment in Eindhoven.
'Transcience' demonstrates the beauty of the natural oxidizing process of mirrors. By accelerating and manipulating this process, Pott and Derksen's mirrors show various stages of oxidation in three different geometrical patterns.
Normally, the oxidation process in a mirror occurs randomly and evolves slowly over time, and is generally regarded as degradation, but this project shows the beauty of the material transition of silver.
Stage by stage, the mirrors reveal the different states of the process and use sulphur accelerate the oxidation.
Depending on the time that the silver is left to react with sulphur, different, and very beautiful colour tones can be achieved, ranging from gold to brown, to purple to blue.