Narcissus Desk Lets Selfie-Lovers Stare at Their Reflections All Day Long

Narcissus Desk Lets Selfie-Lovers Stare at Their Reflections All Day Long

Sebastian Errazuriz’s design shows that selfies are migrating from the screen to furniture, clothing and accessories

Vashti Hallissey
  • 1 august 2014

The problem with work is that it gets in the way of time you could spend taking selfies. Designer Sebastian Errazuriz has come up with a solution that lets you take care of business while being able to gaze at your own reflection. The Narcissus Desk is a piece of furniture with a mirror surface that means you never have to take a break from looking at your face.

The desk is created from a restored French desk from around 1880, in which Errazuriz cut a semi-circle so that the user can fit without any gap between themselves and their mirror image.


The reflective surface was inspired by a painting of Narcissus by the Baroque artist Caravaggio. As mobile phones weren’t around in Ancient Greece or 16th-Century Italy, the painted figure has to make do with admiring his beauty in a pool of water.

Chilean-born, New York-based artist and designer Sebastian Errazuriz is known for his ability to subvert everyday objects into social statements. He created Occupy Chairs in 2012 which can be used as both a protest sign and a comfortable seat, which his website states, “now ‘occupy’ the households of several prominent members of the 1%.”


The Narcissus Desk is the latest in a series of designs that show the selfie is moving from the mobile and computer and finding new homes in our furniture, jewelry and apparel. The Museum of Art and Design (MAD) in New York City recently held a workshop to let people make their selfies into jewelry and a fashion designer created an outfit with mirrored writing specifically designed for selfies. An artist has put selfies on the packaging of classic American brands and another proposes that we have selfies of citizens on monetary notes.

The Narcissus Desk is a wry comment on the age of the selfie and perfectly captures the social phenomenon at its peak. Along with these examples, it shows that the days of selfies being limited to screens are long gone. Selfies no longer just involve recording images in digital media, we are finding new ways to preserve the moments that they capture in physical form.


Narcissus Desk

Images: Sebastian Errazuriz

[h/t] Design Milk




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