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REGRIND: an innovative approach to circular design

This month, Erik and Emilia Lindmark, co-founders of EOE Eyewear, have launched a new recycled eyewear material at www.regrind.se. The material is made from old or unused glasses, is certified and patented and promises a new alternative for the optical industry to champion circular design. Eyestylist spoke to the team in an exclusive interview following the launch. 

REGRIND has been several years in the making. How did you first come up with the idea, and what were you wanting to achieve? Everything started when we noticed that opticians and eyewear brands had so many old frames and obsolete stock. We felt that we couldn´t keep making products that just go out into the world, without taking responsibility for what happens to them; I guess our connection to “the potential” of circularity was very strong. The world today is constantly urging for virgin material no matter what kind of industry. We act like there are endless resources. We want to change that. By using our acetate, eyewear brands will by default become circular and thus save at least 35% of co2 including transport for a start. When we are at a fully developed supply chain we can save up to (amazingly) 70% co2.

What is your impression of the material today in terms of the look and feel, the overall aesthetic and colours? The inspiration comes from the Northern nature and surroundings and then we added a tech twist to the expression. It’s like a fusion of ideas, with nature under an x-ray machine…the result is a new “twisted” interpretation of nature. A lot of expressions in nature are fascinating… lightning, metallic bugs, celestial phenomena like the Northern Lights or a sparkling night sky. Above: the couple behind REGRIND, Erik and Emilia Lindmark – they have developed the material with a team of scientists and engineers.

REGRIND: the ISCC Plus-certified recycled material is now available to eyewear producers and designers – many colours and patterns have already been created

Describe some of the challenges of developing a new material from old glasses via the circular REGRIND process. How have you overcome the difficulties? The biggest challange was to really make sure it could be done, haha! We needed to find a way of separating the metals from the acetate, to be able to get a clean material that could go back into production. But also to be able to secure that this would be something that would be interesting for the eyewear industry; it certainly feels like that, since more and more are talking about sustainability. This is also a way for eyewear producers and brands to save money from obsolete stock meanwhile saving the planet. We have an experienced R&D team in Sweden, the country is of course known for its innovation and expertise in developing materials (wood and steel).

How have you achieved certification and a patent and what does this mean for you? It means so much for us. To be able to show transparency and at the same time gain legitimacy towards our industry is of utter importance. This is for real and we as owners are very much involved in the core business. Our natural energy source is hydro power since Sweden has a lot of that, so we take what’s most natural to us. We have achieved that certification through a series of extensive and thorough audits in order to track the whole supply chain and material.

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In 2022 you are able to make the recycled material available to eyewear makers and designers and you have launched a website from where they can purchase the materials, is that correct? Yes every brand or producer can buy our acetate sheets from REGRIND.se

What experience have you so far of working to produce the material for other manufacturers or retailers? We have been developing a Circular Collection for Synsam and Elementra for Fielmann – as a start. Doing this, we have secured a circular process. Every store has a recycling bin where consumers can hand in their old eyewear. And after that Regrind will use it as raw material.

Finally, do you expect rapid growth in recycled materials and do you see potential for even further developments for REGRIND in the future? Yes, we believe our industry will have to adapt to our new future, the same future we see changing the car and fashion industries. We need to take a technical leap into a circular future. We are also developing our process in order to make it possible to extend it to other common materials within our industry. The colour development in our acetate will be something else in terms of fashion or style in comparison to what we are used to seeing or have seen before. Find out more at the new website: www.regrind.se

JF Rey: eyewear styles for men

“There is no limit,” says JF Rey designer, Olivier Mollard

At JF Rey, a new generation of colorful frames propose a modern combination of materials, developed and created by in-house designer Olivier Mollard. Mollard, who has worked on all four CarbonWood collections, explains that this 4th generation line presents the material combination carbon wood and acetate for the very first time, a technical feat that explores concepts of materiality, precise details, texture, and functionality of the design – closely following the DNA of the brand but without any limitation on how each product evolves. The acetate is assembled on the top section of each frame, with the carbon fibre on temples and lower rims, with a mix of bold colours as well as a more vintage inspired tonal palette.

Some key models in the line are available in a limited series, featuring Mazzuchelli colours. “Colours, thicknesses and textures artistically interact, highlighting the complexity and stylistic performance of the creations” explains the designer. The JF Rey line also explores other modern materials for men such as a mix of glass and carbon fibre. Above: JF 3001 – this frame features a contemporary glass/carbon fibre material

JF2961 in the new CarbonWood series: vintage inspiration for shapes and details – “colours, thicknesses and textures

Details are particularly precise for the combination frames featuring acetate. Appearing on the frame fronts and temples, the miniature TORX screws feature starred heads inspired by jewelry.

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JF2962 in the CarbonWood series – a classic statement design for men – solid and flexible – with state-of-the-art details such as special flex hinges

Carefully conceived both for comfort and design, the CarbonWood frames are also characterised by visibly reduced thicknesses of the carbon material which make them lightweight and flexible as well as visually slender and streamlined, giving a particularly contemporary overall feel.

CarbonWood, the 4th generation acetate/carbon frames and the new glass/carbon fibre designs are available at selected opticians. For more information visit: www.jfrey.fr

Sea2see: 5 Oceans collection

Pushing for progress in sustainable eyewear

A new line of frames by the B-Corp eyewear label, Sea2see represents a step forward for their design work with recycled ocean plastic, using the material to reflect a variety of colours and special effects which evoke the natural tones of the oceans. Details such as gradient colours and wave patterns characterise the frames which are inspired by the beauty of the five oceans of the world. The material is produced from marine waste collected via the Sea2see Foundation by communities in West Africa. The waste is then up-cycled into a reusable raw material in the form of pellets called UPSEA™ PLAST. Cradle to Cradle™ Gold Certified, the material at Sea2see represents a unique development in eyewear, combining a quality finish with durability, lightness, ease of wear as well as a stylish aesthetic and wide choice of colours and finishes. Above: Sea2see has launched a major campaign for the 5 Oceans collection, with photography by Weston Fuller. The collection was presented to mark the 5th anniversary of the ‘seastainable’ brand

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Optical frame Venezia by Sea2see and above, Treviso Sun – styles in the 5 Oceans collection. The recycled material has been developed to offer variations in colours and patterns. The frames are made to high standards in Italy

In 2022, Sea2see has achieved B-Corp status as well as committing to a carbon negative future. Its focus on openness and transparency in every step of the making and production of its eyewear collections as well as commitment to a circular economy has set a new precedent for the eyewear industry to encourage production of frames via genuinely sustainable means.

Since 2019, Sea2see has developed their marine waste collection program in West Africa where they have both an environmental and social impact. Coastal communities benefit from a new source of income and the coastal environment is cleaned up. Read more about Sea2see’s “sustainable” eyewear at www.sea2see.org

Kuboraum’s 10th Annniversary: “10 years of travelling”

Special anniversary celebrations for 2022, and a new store in Milan

On the occasion of its 10th Anniversary, Kuboraum has celebrated the journey that started in Berlin in 2012 with a year-long series of events, exploring the brand’s relationship with eyewear, music and art. The event invites everyone to leave behind preconceptions about reality and go beyond the physical world, to embark on a journey that aims to create a strong sense of community. Ultimately, the goal of the project is to trigger a movement which will encourage people to dig deeper and reveal their personal inner self, as Kuboraum’s manifesto ‘We Travel To Know Our Own Geography’ recites. Sharing these common values, Kuboraum & Terraforma have presented a co-curated event series as part of ‘10 Years Of Travelling’ which will take place throughout the year in different spaces in collaboration with various multidisciplinary artists. This project will involve evocative locations and will explore the relationship between music, art and the urban dimension. Above: interior of the new KUBORAUM + INNERRAUM store in Milan (Photography: @piercarloqueccia DSL Studio)

A ‘patchwork’ wall of plaster sculpture in the new Milan store (@emi_maggi)

After a successful first event in Venice during the opening of the 59th Venice Biennale, Kuboraum announced a ‘10 Years Of Travelling’ event in Milan on April 28th at CASA FLASH ART, along with the inauguration of the new KUBORAUM & INNERRAUM Flagship Store in the centre of Milan. Besides an exhibition of Kuboraum’s Eye Couture masks, which focused on precious Italian handcraft and follows the brand’s genesis and evolution, the artists involved in this event were AGNES QUESTIONMARK (Agnes?), who presented her new performance SIRENOMELIA, and a DJ set by PAN label head Bill Kouligas.

Agnes?, born in Rome and based in London, with her SIRENOMELIA explored the depths and limits of identity and evolution, which stem from her own personal exploration. Depicted as an aquatic hybrid creature, she wishes to portray a metaphor for body and identity as liquid entities that constantly change in form and shape. Bill Kouligas, founder and artistic director of the multidisciplinary platform and record label PAN, investigated identity in terms of music, embarking on a journey into the unknown through other-worldly sounds that define conventions of ‘genre’.

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Details: interior, KUBORAUM & INNERRAUM Flagship Store – Milan

The KUBORAUM & INNERRAUM Flagship Store opened at via Bigli 24, in the centre of Milan, and consists of two rooms, with a powerful design that goes beyond the usual concept of retail. As a post on the brand’s Instagram page explains, one room features Kuboraum and presents a patchwork wall of plaster as a tribute by founder Livio to the Italian Neo Classical sculptor Antonio Canova, and sculptures by artist Emiliano Maggi that combine psychedelic scenarios with mythological symbolism and rural iconography inspired by fairy tales and dreams. The second room houses Innerraum and has a sci-fi style light box with a glass bookcase made by Glass Italia in collaboration with the architect Andrea Eusebi.

Via Bigli 24, Milan, Italy

A feature by Alberto Massaro exclusively for Eyestylist.com. Images by kind permission of Andrea Eusebi, architect. Sculpture by @emi_maggi. Photography; @piercarloqueccia – @dsl_studio. All rights reserved. 

Rolf Spectacles: State Prize for Design 2022

The brand has won the prestigious Austrian award: Staatspreis Design 2022

Rolf Spectacles have been recognised for their sustainable and eco-friendly design work in the field of eyewear winning the consumer category of the Bundesminiosterium (BMDW) Staatspreis Design 2022. In a statement by the jury, their design style was praised for its “functional, detail-conscious, balanced, discreet” look. “Rolf glasses enable a sustainable, environmentally friendly [path] into the future”, they added. Photo credit: BMDW/Silveri

Rolf Spectacles’ award-winning plant-based eyewear, Substance

The Staatspreis Design is an Austrian State award, and the highest accolade in the country for design innovation. “We are overjoyed and proud of our entire team,” said Roland Wolf, company co-founder. “Even being nominated for the State Prize for Design was very important to us. To actually win it is something really big for us.”

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The Substance collection, made from the beans of a fast-growing species of the Euphorbiaceae was first launched in 2020, and has won multiple awards since then, including a Silmo D’Or in Paris in 2021. Find out more: www.rolf-spectacles.com