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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Monday, 10 March 2014

With a sense of humour...and an eye-fetish

You probably have all seen Craig&Karl's collection of sunglasses in collab with Le Spec. What I would like to do here is trace the similarities with their other work, mainly graphic design, and fashion collaborations.

Their all-pervading aesthetic code, combined with a passion for glasses, eyes (and mouths-as-yes!) in bright colours and geometric patterns runs through everything they do; from portraits of the Pope, Keith Hering and Sofia Loren to magazine covers and leather-goods. 











Craig&Karl have also collaborated with Henry Holland last season on the graphics fro Mr.Quiffy, the sunglasses below are from Henry Holland's SS13 collection but I couldn't help noticing a possible influence on the Le Spec sunglasses.





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Tuesday, 4 March 2014

A Fresh Pair of Eyes

The Royal College of Art (RCA) and 100% Optical launched a design competition sometime ago and asked students from across the College MA programmes to look at eyewear from a new perspective.

Eight finalists where selected to have their prototypes displayed at the 100% Optical fair last month, by a judging panel including RCA fashion tutors, qualified opticians and eyewear designers. You can read more about it here.

However, for some reason a winner was not announced...so I decided to share with you the ones I thought where the best.


Parsha Gerayesh-Nejad (Unconventional Craft and Manufacture)

Traditionally frames are composed of multiple components. The Perpetual frame is an investigation into construction methods and if it was possible to construct a pair of glasses from one continuous piece of flexible plastic, without hinges but still maintaining the fundamental characteristics of pair of glasses.







Federica Tedeschi (Best Use of Materials)

‘Matter’ is based around the idea of combining traditional eyewear components, such as acetate, with unconventional materials, like embroidery to change our visual and tactile perception of eyewear.









Sofie Van Aelbroeck (Best Eyewear as Art)

Sofie's Little Man Big Man project was inspired by collages, using old family album pictures and looking into folding spectacles...with a rather captivating result!







Wether any of the eight finalists of the competition will decide to further explore eyewear design, materials and craft or venture into other fields of art and design is not important, what matters is that they added a fresh perspective in the (sometimes self-referencing) eyewear world.
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