Warby Parker's Newest Collab Is An Artful Approach To Design

The brand gave eight artists a spin at the handheld mirror.

Warby Parker's Newest Collab Is An Artful Approach To Design
Courtesy of Warby Parker.

When trying on new glasses, mirrors are a must. That's why Warby Parker fills its stores with plenty of handheld mirrors to let you get the perfect view of your potential new specs. After years of keeping the same designs in the stores, the company decided to change it up. Warby Parker invited eight artists from NYC and L.A. to put an original spin on the ping-pong-paddle-shaped mirrors, and it's no surprise they are seriously stylish.

“Mirrors are an essential part of our retail experience,” says co-founder and co-CEO Neil Blumenthal. "You’ve got to see yourself in frames before you let the rest of the world see you. We created the original handheld mirror as a nod to our company’s love for ping pong — and also to give our customers an unexpected surprise. We’re really eager to see how others reinterpret this utilitarian object.”

A unique design by Fredericks and Mae. 
A unique design by Fredericks and Mae. 
Courtesy of Warby Parker.

The company successfully recruited Brendan Ravenhill Studio, Chen Chen & Kai Williams, Egg Collective, Eric Trine, Fort Standard, Fredericks & Mae, LAUN, and Tom Fruin to all create amazing designs that are each works of art. No mirror looks alike, with each maker putting their signature touch on their finished product.

"A good mirror shouldn't just be a tool to use; it should have a presence in the room and be an object of interest in its own right," says Rachel Bullock and Molly Purnell of LAUN. "Turning to nature for inspiration, we created a Monstera leaf handle, juxtaposing the organic form of the leaf with the bright polished surface of the mirror which it holds at attention."

LAUN's cool mirror design. 
LAUN's cool mirror design. 
Courtesy of Warby Parker.

From October 24 to November 11, shoppers can get their hands on these beauties in Warby Parker's Greene St. store in NYC and Abbot Kinney location in L.A. But fans can get a chance to keep these sweet pieces a little longer. Each mirror will be on sale to the public in a two-week online Paddle8 auction, with all proceeds going to Free Arts, a charitable organization that supports arts programs and mentoring for kids.

A dino-inspired spin from Tom Fruin. 
A dino-inspired spin from Tom Fruin. 
Courtesy of Warby Parker.

If you want to take these cool mirrors for a spin, we recommend heading to Warby Parker or taking a peek at the auction online before November 11!

I am Lonny's Senior Associate Editor. You can find me writing about interior tips, scouting out the coolest new spots, and rallying behind amazing female entrepreneurs. You can reach me at shelby.wax@livingly.com or on Instagram @shelbywax.
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