Monica Khemsurov is a Brooklyn-based journalist and the cofounder of Sight Unseen, an online magazine devoted to discovering new ideas and talents in design and the visual arts.
You'd think that smartphones would have made all kinds of things obsolete by now, from wristwatches to digital cameras to stereos, and yet apps have never quite managed to take the place of the real thing. Such is the case, at least, for mirrors. Despite this being the age of selfies and forward-facing cameras, hand mirrors are everywhere these days, not for vanity’s sake but for their ability to make any desktop or dresser look more styled and considered. With designers reinventing this Victorian staple left and right, the only question is which is the fairest of them all? Take your pick, ahead.