Wednesday, 23 October 2013

A Lesson in Wabi-Sabi Aesthetic

“Wabi – sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble – it is a beauty of things unconventional”

This is a very simple definition for a complex and ambiguous Japanese philosophy that my friend Rein introduced me to a long time ago. Similarly Ti Kwa's Rigards tarnished, scratched and irregular surfaces, appear to stem from the same observation of nature and it's material qualities.

This is by far one of the most poetic takes on eyewear I have seen in recent years, its approach a marked departure from mare shapes, Rigards talks about materials (horn) and textures like few others have dared!

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Monday, 21 October 2013


You may remember a while ago I told you about Berlin's Kuboraum. When I saw their new collection at Silmo I was pleasantly surprised to see that the very things I liked about this brand when I first discovered it, the sophisticated take on volumes and finishes, as well as the architectural shapes of their "masks", where the basis for new experimentations...

Now the emphasis is combining different materials and optical illusions...

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Monday, 14 October 2013

Just for me!

Here they very first pair of custom made frames! I picked the shape, the colour and Gilberto made them for me.

artwork by Eyespectacle

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Saturday, 12 October 2013

Message in a frame

I love hidden messages, sayings and phrases on the things I wear. Like my blog, they are another way of telling a story (inside a frame). These are by Res/Rei and I saw them at Silmo a few weeks ago.

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Thursday, 10 October 2013

The Cherry on the cake

I didn't ask Mauro Massarotto, the creative force behind Sheriff&Cherry, what inspired his brand's lexicon, though I like to think this may have been Postmodernist design, maybe induced by the choice of venue to show his new collection (a contemporary design and furniture shop instead of the obvious eyewear fair taking place miiiiiles outside Paris city centre)...All I could think of were those 80s (happy) interiors!

Ettore Sottsass once described Memphis, the Post Modern design movement he founded, in a 1986 Chicago Tribune article: "You cannot take too much. I don't think anyone should put only Memphis around: It's like eating only cake." I find this ever so fitting when thinking of Sheriff&Cherry's highly charged patterns and colour combinations.

detail from 'Casablanca' cabinet - 1981

Grace Jones in Jean-Paul Goude and Antonio Lopez - 1979

detail from 'Freemont' cabinet - 1985

Mauro, a true global soul, tells me in his Italian-Croatian-with-a-hint-of-Spanish accent that Sheriff&Cherry sunglasses are the product of a creative journey that took 15 years and are made in a reborn 1948 optical factory just outside Zagreb, Croatia.

The brand's energy comes from experimentation, not through cutting edge technologies but a 40 year old craft based on injection moulding Cellulose Propionate (acetate) and then hand-painting each frame with stencils and pattern-stamping techniques. This is how classic tortoiseshell patterns where applied on sunglasses back in the 70s; Mauro turned up the volume on colour!

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