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Mirrored walls. Reflections past and future.

Mirrored walls and reflections. Space, dimension and time doubled.

Mirrored walls is a Blog to show the use of mirrored walls and mirrors to help the space or interior you are designing feel better.

First of all, we hope to incorporate mirrors into our projects. Because we like mirrors, their reflections and effect. For that reason we will Display recent mirrors we like or products and details.

UPDATE 2.14.23

MIRRORS. LIVING ROOM. Larkspur, N. California.

This living room is an Interior Design in Marin project in progress. It is all curved. Curved sectional, round club chairs, round coffee table. So the mirrors had to be round. We placed a 42″ round over the mantlepiece wirthin a 44.5″ height and a 60″ matching mirror directly oposite at the entrance wall.

2 Round mirrors at ends of Living room.

On left is 42″ overmantel. On right is 60″ on opposite wall.

They show something on some strategic wall, which in turn reflect more walls of the space.

MAIN BATHROOM. Corte Madera, N. California.

This Bathroom is an Interior Design in Marin project in progress.

I like mirrors and propose them for my projects. Sometimes you have to do R&D to fit the exact design you want.

In a Main Bathroom in this house in Corte Madera, N. California, we wanted to use an Elliptical mirror, on it main wall above the freestanding Elliptical bath tub.

Now an elliptical mirror than is 6′ in length by 3-4′ in height, is therefore what we specified. We also specified that it tilt to provide the moving person more interesting perspectives. Slightly tilted down, to accomodate the user’s height There are difficulties in creating a large elliptical rather than the round, yet the round might be more effective even though smaller in one direction and takes better use of the rooms height in this case.

Two wall sections with mirrors.

On left a 60″ round mirror, and on the right the Elliptical in 72″ long by 48″ height


Update 6.4.21

Yayoi Kusama, at The Tate Modern London “Infinity Mirror rooms” must see.

Yayoi Kusama, Infinity Mirror rooms exhibition at the Tate Modern, London

Infinity mirrorAt Art Market SF 2019, I came across Peter Gronquist 6 x 6 Chrome Jets from Hashimoto Contemporary, NY.


At the 2018 San Francisco fall Antiques show. Though the frame is very slim, the depth and material of the frame make it rich and interesting. Vertical Octagon. One of a pair. Antiques.


Similarly we show a little of History and Philosophy, to have a better perspective or meaning as an Interior Designer in Marin, or San Francisco..

As a result we hope to encourage our clients and visitors to be creative and enjoy.

  1. Mirrors display.
  2. History.
  3. Obsesion.
  4. Versailles, Chicago and Marseille.
  5. Mirrored wall in Bathrooms and kitchen by Jerry Jacobs Design.

The history of mirrors.

The looking mirror, for looking at yourself is recorded about 6,000 years ago. Not of glass but obsidian, or simply looking at your reflection on water.

Metal-coated glass mirrors are said by the Roman scholar Pliny the Elder to have been invented in Sidon (modern-day Lebanon) in the first century AD, although no archeological evidence of them date from before the third century.[9] According to Pliny, the people of Sidon developed a technique for creating crude mirrors by coating blown glass with molten lead.

Mirror obsession.

I am obsessed with mirrors (maybe because of my Lebanese ancestry). However I am most attracted to the wall mirror placed in a room to reflect, either a view or the same space. When a room or apartment is very small and the use of a mirror helps increase the sense of space, that is good to me. Also when you have a resource such as view, and you can reflect it and see it often more that just once, that is usually good too.

Bathrooms where you do go to groom yourself, are usually small too, so it helps reflecting and bouncing images.

Creating a Faux effect or another dimension is exciting too, specially as an Interior Designer in San Francisco. I often wonder how many images an antique mirror has seen or reflected. Those framed you put on the wall but also those that move and sell and become a part of someone else’s life. So mirrors also definitely reflect the past, whether you can see it or not, and perhaps the future too? My dear friend Joan Zinser  referred me to the Jean Cocteau 1950 short film. See link at the bottom of page. Orfée, psicoanalisis of mirror passage.

In this Blog, we show the use of mirror in our Interior Designer projects in San Francisco, Marin and Tiburon, first, as those are the images we have and which explain the use we have made of them. Gradually we will show mirrors we are interested in either because of their use or shape. Enjoy.

Hall of mirrors at Chateau Versailles, by Jules Hardouin-Mansart

Mirrored walls at Versailles.

The Hall of Mirrors at the Versailles Chateau, has 357 mirrors bedecking the 17 arches opposite the windows, demonstrating that the new French manufacture could rival the Venetian monopoly on mirror manufacturing. Circa 1676-84. See link below. Regardless of scale is a perfect concept of the use of the mirrored walls. You wouldn’t do the 73 meter long wall all mirrored, but breaking the mirrored wall to reflect the arches is not only a scale and rhythm natural resource, but it is also related to bringing the outside in. Let us remember the scale of the Garden at Versailles is even more opulent than the Chateau.

Art in Chicago and Marseille.

Art influences both the Residential Architecture and Interior Design, as well as the Public Spaces and their Art. When the Mirror is the Art, then it is worthwhile mentioning. Recently two great and grand statements have been made with the use of mirror surfaces. The “Cloud Gate” by Anish Kapoor in Chicago, and the Port Vieux Pavilion designed by architecture firm Foster + Partners in Marseille.

Mirrored Public Art. Foster, Kapoor

On left the Pavilion of Reflections in Marseille. Right Cloud Gate seen  from under the gate, Chicago.

Mirrored walls in bathrooms and kitchens by Jerry Jacobs Design.

As an Interior Designer in the San Francisco Bay and Marin, we tend to do many baths in the homes we are working on. Bathrooms will always have a mirror, as that is one of the reasons you are there for. We were the Interior Designer for the San Francisco Decorator showhouse and our in  Hall of Mirrors Bath I truly wanted to Entertain. This was a library games room bath, so I thought to give the user another dimension, that of mirrors bouncing back and forth, maybe if you got caught it would transfer you elsewhere. The round beveled mirror is mounted over the wall to wall. Hellman Mansion in Pacific Heights, San Francisco. This room was the winner of the year as the best room at the San Francisco Decorators Showcase, and House Beautiful best in America.

Mirrored walls

In this Belvedere-Tiburon, California one bedroom 800 sf  View apartment, we mirrored the entire wall reflecting the view of the Bay. The kitchen on the left has a windows (not shown)which has mirrored doors, to reflect the same view The wall to wall mirror in the bath mirrors the countertop and fixtures. The mirror had to be introduced before the sheetrock due to its size. Electrified makeup mirror too.

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This powder room in the Polanco, Mexico City apartment is meant to be fun. When you enter you see the future! Your image and the room reflect into infinity so it must be the future. Corner Pilaster is seen first as a full column and then 100 times more.

Mirrored walls in living areas of the house designs by Jerry Jacobs Design.

In this Caribbean condo in Isla Dorada Cancun, you can see the water reflected on the mirrors on the right and the mural and entrance on the left, the mirror is extended to the ceiling and surrounds the arched opening and AC vent.

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Mirrored Walls at Buena Vista Deco

Top. Piano Room. Our client bought the home from an Architectural Salvaged specialist so the beautiful doors were there.. We added the Hollywood Regency or Deco Mirror and mounted it on Red Chenille from Manuel Canovas fabrics. Below  In the dining -bar corner of this Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, penthouse, we designed this antiqued mirror wall, to reflect the past, Deco era. Antiqued mirror tends to be more romantic and less stark. Mirrored backsplash was used on wet bar too on left.

Buena Vista Deco. Mirrored walls

To reflect the Bay View in this Belvedere- Tiburon condo, we mirrored the entire wall. From right  see the silver reflecting part of the living area, the wet bar, not for view but depth, and the fireplace wall. The marble ends on the left at a full height door facing the driveway, you just see slim line.

Tiburon apartment. Jerry Jacobs design

Mirrored walls in the bedroom.

Don’t get excited, most of the mirrored walls in the bedroom we show are doors.

Bedroom closet doors mirrored.

Bedroom wall closet does are designed to reflect the room virtually and light and be used on grooming and dressing. It is important not to overdo.


This bedroom at Buena Vista Deco, in Buena Vista Park, San Francisco, was quite small and it had no closet. So we design and built the closet with mirrored doors. You can practically see the entire Red bedroom in the mirrors. The depth required for the entry door swing was shallower so we allocated to a makeup mirror area, the deeper on the left for hanging.

Penthouse Apartment Interior DesignJerry Jacobs Design Mirrored bedroom

Corner mirrorIn this bedroom in Tiburon, California the mirror in the corner rotates, for grooming or fun, now reflecting Art work on the main wall. Interiors by Jerry Jacobs Design.

Bedroom Mirror doors enlarging the roomTiburon Condomimium apartment. Bedroom wall to wall closet mirrored doors.

In this Bay View Grand condo in Cancun, Mexico, we mirrored the wall reflecting the Ocean view. You can also enjoy the ocean view from the shower through the portholes.


Here is a colleccion of mirrors we like. We add from time to time into  the list and try to categorize such as free standing; framed; etc.

Free standing.

Paradox mirror.

Framed Mirrors.

Not full walls but frame mirrors, can be like Art to hang on walls, here are some examples on our projects or mirrors we like.

Classic Modern mirrors

Both the mirrors above where commissioned and shipped to Catemaco, Ver. Mexico, for a Jungle Villa. Interiors by Jerry Jacobs Design.

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