Cate Orr is a designer with a special interest in mirror making. Her passion for interior design is coupled with a fascination in construction processes and a need for hands-on expression. She began making mirrors in 2002 and currently lives in Whanganui.
“Mirrors add depth, altered perspective and light ”
Cate’s father is an engineer and plays a vital role in the production of the mirrors. In his small Lower Hutt workshop that belonged to his grandfather, Tom Orr fabricates the distinctive steel frames.
“The lines of division, the steel frame, the rivets and other embellishments bring a new interpretation to the environment in which the mirror sits. The raw deep edge of the glass plays with the reflected images”.
Cate’s mirrors reflect art deco design and kiwiana influences, through her use of paua, pounamu and greywacke. Framed in steel there is an added emphasis on contemporary industrial design.
Cate’s mirrors have sold both nationally and internationally and can be found in collections in Italy, USA and Australia.