The Most Instagrammable Mirror Costs $10,000, but These Budget Finds Are Just as Cool
If you’ve been paying close attention on Instagram these past few months, you’ve probably spotted Ettore Sottsass’ Ultrafragola Mirror—everywhere. In case you’re unfamiliar, we’re talking that wavy, light-up, statement-making Memphis design mirror that everyone wants but only a few can afford or get their hands on. The now iconic mirror was designed in 1970 and has graced the homes of Karl Lagerfeld, Bella Hadid, Sophia Amoruso, and Frank Ocean. It has also recently has been popping up in retail hotspots like La Ligne and Kate Spade in New York City.
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Designer Hillary Matt, who used the mirror in a holiday show house recently, as seen above, thinks the Ultrafragola Mirror is buzzy because it’s truly a functional piece of art. “It is the perfect mirror to funk up a space, whether the pink light is on or not,” says Matt. Designer Ariel Okin, who used the mirror in Lena Dunham’s New York City apartment, thinks its popularity has something to do with it being, well, kind of extra.
“After years of stark minimalism, the Ultrafragola Mirror is the ultimate ode to maximalism—loud, punchy, and neon to boot,” says Okin. “It’s fun, sinewy lines are perfect for a statement piece that grabs the eye and sparks conversation.” So how much will this funky, Instagram darling of a selfie mirror set you back? Oh, just a casual $7,000 to $10,000. That’s why we set out to find pretty budget options that won’t leave you bankrupt. Here goes nothing.
Wood and Glass Mirror
You know what’s better than one mirror? A mirror framed by lots of tiny mirrors! This full-length mirror feels funky and disco-y—in a good way, and all those reflective pieces are sure to catch the light just right.
Buy: DecMode Horizontal Slatted Mirror, $422.50 at Hayneedle
Wavy Beveled Mirror
This wavy mirror can be hung horizontally or vertically for a more full-length situation. For under $150, you can get some serious Ultrafragola vibes at a fraction of the price.
Buy: Wavy Polished Beveled Mirror, $126 at Amazon
It’s like a LuMee case—for your wall mirror. This marquee-style mirror has all the light-up benefits of the Ultrafragola but at just a fraction of the price. This beauty gives off soft, warm, totally flattering lighting that’s just begging for a good selfie.
Buy: Marquee Mirror, Starting at
$299 $239 at PB Teen
Gold Art Deco Mirror
Classic and fun, this Art Deco-inspired mirror will add a little glam to your space and make quite the statement in your bedroom, bathroom, or entry. Even better, it’s priced just under $200!
Buy: Gold Art Deco Full-Length Mirror, $199.99 at World Market
Get the signature squiggly effect that the Ultrafragola is known for with this set of four mirrors that you can arrange any way you want. Line them up for a more streamlined look. Or space ‘em out, as shown here, for a more unique set up.
Buy: Mirrotek Wavy Strip Mirrors, $216 at Macy’s
Undulating lines are definitely having a moment in design. This bronze squiggly mirror is like a slightly more understated sister of the Ultrafragola mirror.
Buy: Coquille Mirror, $598 at Anthropologie
It may not be full-length, but the frame of this round mirror from IKEA lights up, Ultrafragola style. It will give you the perfect amount of glow with the most flattering light, whether you’re putting on makeup or brushing your teeth.
Buy: STORJORM Mirror, $69.99 at IKEA
Reminiscent of surrealist art, this abstract wall mirror, which is from CB2’s collaboration with Goop, is everything. So what if it doesn’t light up? You’ll still rack up all kinds of likes when you selfie with this pretty mirror.
Buy: Specchio Mirror,
$499 $399 at CB2
Okay, so technically this is an iridescent headboard, but it can easily be propped against a wall and used as a mirror, too! Its pretty hue will make a big statement no matter how you use it.
Buy: Rainbow Iridescent Headboard,
$399 $329 at Urban Outfitters
Although this one is a little more of an investment (but nowhere near $7,000!), it’s hard to deny this full-length mirror’s appeal. It has that Maximalist vibe we love about the Ultrafragola only with a palm-like, rattan frame. It’s the perfect piece for lovers of the laid back, California cool aesthetic.
Buy: Gabriella Mirror, $1,450 at Hawkins New York