Selfies are becoming more and more popular with each passing day. People take them during walks in the park, at parties. at school or while travelling. However, not many people take selfies at work. Their job comes first and it is hard to admire one’s self while working at a desk. In order to change this, designer Sebastian Errazuriz created a desk that solves the problem.
The Narcissus Desk was inspired by a Caravaggio painting of Narcissus. The painting gave the designer an idea to create an object that would make people stare at their reflection without necessarily being aware of looking at themselves. In order to do so, the desk has a mirror surface. It allows people to both work and stare at their reflection.
The Narcissus Desk was created from a restored French Desk from the 19th century. In it the designer cut a semicircle to allow the user to fit without any gap between themselves and the image. Above the surface of the desk he placed a mirror. The object aims towards reflecting. A desk is an object we sit at all day long; with its design, the Narcissus Desk pushes us to reflect on ourselves and our lives.
Sebastian Errazuriz’s creation is not the first one that gives selfies an original spin and takes them from the area of mobile phones to the domain of art and interior design. The Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City recently held a workshop that allowed people to use their selfies and turn them into jewelry. Fashion designers create clothes with mirrored writing especially made to look good in selfies. Apart from pushing us towards reflection, the Narcissus Desk wishes to show that the time of screen limited selfies is almost gone. What do you think of the designer’s idea?