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Sidewall, Zerkalo

This is a Sidewall. It was designed by Txell Miras. It is dated 2010 and we acquired it in 2010. Its medium is machine-printed on paper. It is a part of the Wallcoverings department.

Zerkalo is a surreal image that challenges the historic associations of wallpaper. Wallpaper is traditionally perceived to be warm and inviting. Zerkalo, however, keeps the viewer on the edge, as if being watched by the eye on the handbag; the disconcerting handbag is framed as a work of art. Designer Txell Miras refers to this effect as creating “a dialogue between object and subject, a game between the observer and the observed.” The imagery draws on mid-19th-century wallpaper designs, in which trompe l’oeil frames frequently contained printed or painted scenes.
Miras is a fashion designer with a degree in fine arts from the Universitat de Barcelona and a graduate degree in fashion design from the Domus Academy in Milan. Awards recognizing her design achievements include: the Tokyo Grand Prix Fashion Awards finalist (2002), the Italian Chamber of Fashion award for most promising young designer (2002), the Lancôme award for best young designer at Barcelona Fashion Week (2005), and the Barcelona és Moda award for best fashion professional (2006). Many of her designs are influenced by the visual arts, literature, and cinema.

This object was featured in our Object of the Week series in a post titled A perhaps not-so-inviting wallpaper.

This object was donated by Tres Tintas Barcelona. It is credited Gift of Tres Tintas Barcelona.

Its dimensions are

L x W: 1000 x 53 cm (32 ft. 9 11/16 in. x 20 7/8 in.)

Cite this object as

Sidewall, Zerkalo; Designed by Txell Miras (Spanish); Spain; machine-printed on paper; L x W: 1000 x 53 cm (32 ft. 9 11/16 in. x 20 7/8 in.); Gift of Tres Tintas Barcelona; 2010-29-2

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