What is a mirror? “By definition, [it] is an object which copies reality, transports it into a different space, [and] transforms what is three-dimensional into two-dimensional.” according to designer Romolo Stanco of nonesiste design Lab. Interested in the interaction between the subject and the object, as evident in his previous works including V/AGRA, and intrigued by the idea of questioning the functional value of the mirror, Romolo embarked on a new project: Motherboard.
Motherboard. Designed by Romolo Stanco for Nonesiste.
“[It] is a mirror which alters the reflected image, contaminating it and thus rendering the image different from the original…[it] represents a transfiguring mirror or, better yet, an instrument for interactive reflection.” In physical terms, Motherboard is a crystal mirror with laser etchings made inside the glass slab rather than on the mirror’s surface, rendering them untouchable. The etchings are made using a technological laser that disintegrated the “singular glass crystals within the sheet which forms the mirror,” the designer explains. The etchings are circuits “an intersection of lines borrowed from the world of electronics, a metaphor for connections, global systems, [and] electronic systems for common use which few of us understand the real technical sense.” The circuits effectively lose their function, “transformed into organic traces [and] imprisoned… “reflected and frozen inside the mirror.”
“It is an instrument for reflection,” according to the designer, both literally and conceptually. Motherboard continues an ongoing theme of dynamic action and interaction within Nonesiste’s work. Stanco references his chair “LaDinDon” which changes according to its use. Another of his products, V/IAGRA is a “responsive” agent of motion, as the name suggests, which rises up when turned on (the light fixture, that is). Motherboard is a limited edition piece produced for Edizioni Galleria Colombari in three versions: rectangular, square or circular.