Then the selfie sticks invaded. They evoked elation in travelers who could fit more friends and scenery in the frame and prompted outrage when they interfered with others’ enjoyment of public events and spaces, from the Kentucky Derby to Central Park. (Not to mention when they were used at wildly inappropriate times — such as last month’s London terror attack.)
Now, courtesy of Singaporean designer Olivia Lee, there’s a chair-and-table set that takes selfies.
Try as we might to find like-minded furniture items — ones that aren’t just Instagram-friendly but actual selfie enablers — we cannot. Lee is a pioneer in the field. Look, ma, no hands!
Exhibited earlier this month at Milan Design Week, the furniture world’s biggest showcase, Lee’s pretty Athena collection was created with ubiquitous modern uses of technology in mind.
See, the metallic and millennial-pink (after all, Lee is 32) vanity has interchangeable parts. The mirror can be removed, and in its place two different cellphone holders can be screwed in. One oval stand props up devices for hassle-free video calls, while the other cylindrical attachment tilts smartphones forward to create “the ideal camera angle to take self-portraits.” A third
Lee tells The Post she was trying to solve everyday problems. When FaceTiming a friend, her hand started to cramp, and she realized she didn’t have a place to put her phone.
“Take the contemporary woman, who is on the go, doing work on her mobile phones as she is leaving the house,” says Lee. “I looked at the vanity table. How can we take this beyond makeup and staring at the mirror? She might be following a beauty blogger or a tutorial, or catching up on the news, watching favorite subscriptions on YouTube. Everyone is propping their phones, improvising.”
Lee’s solution was the vanity’s swap-in-swap-out system.
“You can replace the mirror, so you can triangulate with all these accessories to create this communication hub,” Lee says. “I can take a video call, or I can take a really beautiful selfie.”
The vanity’s selfie fixture is even positioned to capture what Lee calls “the magical angle, which is slightly above you,” for optimally attractive selfies.
Other pieces in the collection include a circular rug with fabric cutouts on one side, to alert virtual-reality gamers when they’ve stepped out of bounds.