Monday, 24 March 2014

Termite

Metro collection



The thing I like most about Termite is their fresh, trial-and-error approach to eyewear, each frame's playful aesthetic comes from a desire for experimentation, both in the choice of materials and the design, with added environmental credentials; each frame is laser cut from a laminate of reclaimed Birchwood.


Metro collection
Metro collection
























Patricia (with Natalie the design duo behind Termite) told me Termite started off as a graduation project and that at the beginning they made the frames themselves, using the university's laser cutting equipment. After this first collection they decided to step their game up a notch and decided to collaborate with a traditional eyewear workshop for the production and assembly of the frames. The interesting thing is that this workshop had never produced wooden sunglasses before, just acetate.

This must have been such an interesting challenge for both the designers and the craftsmen, I like the idea that traditional manufacturers decide to leave their comfort zone to experiment with new materials and craft rather than just doing what they have always done best.

I think these first baby steps will take Termite and their manufacturing partners on a very interesting adventure in eyewear.















Barber collection


Barber collection

Barber collection














the 1st launch

the 1st launch


















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