This mirror frame was originally designed as a quick build for a furniture installation I was doing. At the time I was really enjoying the basic look of 1" beveled glass and I wanted to build a frame that would show off this rather basic element.
I had already been building my fine art frames for some time, so naturally I used that frame style, but decided to add a detail beneath. I divided up the space, made a router jig, and worked out the pattern.
I love patterns. My whole life, as soon as I see a pattern I want to deconstruct it and pick it apart. Therefore, I also love creating patterns in any type of work. I let this one evolve organically as many basic patters do, by creating rules for the form, and following them. Therefore the pattern was simply a repetition of a basic mode or detail. There were mistakes made along the way, both technical and conceptual, but in the end I was happy with the way the grooves looked.
At that time I was painting gold into the grooves of my frames, so I went with that, mostly because gold and walnut go so nicely together.
One final note on the proportions: the frame is a golden rectangle, and the pattern a subsection of that. I'd like to think that it makes the mirror more beautiful, but its tough to say. What do you think???