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Ørgreen Optics: the power of color

A film on color by Ørgreen Optics is launched by the Danish company today, via www.orgreenoptics.com and www.eyestylist.com Created in Copenhagen, the film follows the reflections of Sahra Lysell, long-term Color Advisor at Ørgreen Optics – interviewed by Clodagh Norton / Eyestylist.com, – Petra Kleis, Photographer and Allan R Kruse, Creative Director.

The film tells each of the interviewee’s personal experiences, memories, and colour influences as well as exploring their ideas on using colors in their work. Lysell, who has worked as the color specialist at Ørgreen since 1997, is one-of-a kind in terms of her specialism in developing color palettes in the optical industry. In the films she discusses approaches to color in the field of eyewear citing examples of how she combines specific colours to create a particular look or transforms colors which have a particular association into something new and fresh – combining them with different tones or hues. Lysell also explains many of the far-reaching personal and cultural influences she feels have impacted her views on color and wearing color, through her career, some of which continue to influence her eyewear palettes today. Above: new styles were released in the very contemporary HAVN collection last week: demonstrating the “flowing colour palette” at the Danish brand

“I live in a city where you apply color to walls, to old buildings… I live in a very historical part of the town,” she explains about her home in Copenhagen. “That tells a lot of story actually through color….”

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In the film Lysell also explains how on-trend color palettes and iconic ‘classical’ tones have evolved through the years at Ørgreen, often coexisting in combination, and irrespective of color trends in other disciplines.

Petra Kleis – a photographer based in Copenhagen  – provides insights into a photographer’s relationship with color stories. “I really like the 3-dimensional feeling that colour can give you, and the softness,” she notes. “I use color a lot but it’s really rare that I ask why I use this colour and not that colour.” Allan R. Cruse, Creative Director reflects on topics such as early colour influences in childhood, and his area of expertise, branding, core values and how a colour language relates to and represents an important element of our vision of the world. For more information : www.orgreenoptics.com

Hall of Frames Lucerne: coming soon

This independent eyewear fair takes place in Lucerne on 4th September

The Museum of Transport is the selected venue for Hall of Frames Lucerne, a special edition event taking place for the first time in the beautiful Swiss city. Hall of Frames is a highly regarded event organiser specialising in intimate venues for the presentation of some of the finest independent eyewear collections, and this event will be a unique opportunity to view the latest frames from brands coming from across Europe. Above: Shiba from the Imaginary Lines collection by Ørgreen Optics, the Danish design company, a longstanding exhibitor with Hall of Frames

JF 1515 : from a line of artistic acetate designs for men by JF REY, one of the French exhibitors attending the event in Lucerne

The organisers of Hall of Frames have confirmed a line-up of over 50 exhibitors including Coblens (Germany), Didier Voirol (Switzerland), Komorebi (Belgium), Nirvan Javan (Switzerland), ROLF Spectacles (Austria) and You Mawo (Germany) and say the event is now full.

Paulin by Morel from the Originale collection, a line inspired by icons, launched this summer

The line up includes a handful of high-profile French exhibitors this year such as Morel, JF REY, Nathalie Blanc, Caroline Abram and Talla Eyewear.

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Award-winning eyewear brand ROLF Spectacles will offer an opportunity to preview its latest innovations in wood and stone and its highly successful 3D printed plant-based glasses, as the season kicks off in September.

The Hall of Frames event has confirmed that it will continue its exclusive partnership with lens manufacturer Nikon for 2022 and a collaboration with Dynoptic Partner AG (www.dynoptic.ch), an association of leading opticians from across Switzerland.

Hall of Frames takes place on Sunday 4th September, from 9am to 6pm at The Museum of Transport in Lucerne.  For more information visit www.hallofframes.ch

Hot collab: Motel a Miio x Andy Wolf Capsule

Summery vibes in “Paraiso” sunglasses + ceramics edition – an unexpected creative ‘coming together’

The eyewear brand Andy Wolf and the tableware label Motel a Miio have joined forces to launch a new mini collection called Paraiso, which consists of two ceramic pieces paired with two sunglasses in matching colours.

The ceramics pieces by Motel a Miio have a very dynamic shape, resembling the sinuosity of waves and water. The design is minimalistic, with the shades of light blue, pink and white evoking the calming colours of sunny beaches and relaxing landscapes. The sunglasses – Adam and Alba – conceived with Andy Wolf, offer summery tonalities – pink, gold and sand brown – ideal for a tanned complexion gifted by the rays of summer days. The shapes echo those of the ceramics: one of the models is rounder, resembling again the movement of waves, while the other is more square.

Andy Wolf x Motel a Miio – the handmade ceramics brand from Portugal

Deliberately placed facets give the sunglasses depth and 3-dimensionality – Adam has a subtle, slightly slanted inner facet all around the lens, reminiscent of the edge of a tablet. The model Alba (pictured below), in contrast, has a deep facet and a material thickness of 10 mm acetate, making it the “ideal” partner of the deep ceramic vase.

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Promotional videos for the pieces confirm the “nature-inspired’ vision, as two tanned models wander freely on an idyllic beach. The creations, given their minimalistic style and essential aesthetic, are very versatile: the plate and vase would fit with any  setting and would immediately imbue a relaxing feeling in the surroundings, while the sunglasses are in tune with all genders and face shapes, in simple colours that feel luminous and modern. The sunglasses are produced in a limited edition of just 500 pieces per colour and style. Find out more at Motel a Miio – www.motelamiio.com  and Andy Wolf – www.andy-wolf.com

Written by Alberto Massaro exclusively for Eyestylist.com

Akoni parties at TANK in London

Presentation of S/S collection and new campaign at TANK GPS space

On Wednesday 18th May, 2022, AKONI Creative Director Salma Rachid and CEO Rosario Toscano, and Caroline Issa hosted key press and VIP guests at TANK  to present the AKONI S/S ’22 collection and campaign featuring work by Lea Colombo.

The AKONI collection, which is inspired by wristwatches, writing instruments and other precious heirloom designs, has quickly begun to establish a name for itself as a reference for luxury, incorporating the latest advances in frame materials, craft and technology as well as technical details which include a distinctive threaded-tube screw system.

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Attendees included Stephen Odubola, Donna Wallace, Noella Coursaris Musunka, Appiok Dier Tong, Amya Powell, Tilly Main, Zac Stenmark, Casey James, Reece Clarke, Tatyana Kodzayeva, Brett Staniland, Keon Heelee, Emmanuel, Baek Do Hyun and Eyestylist.com. Akoni designs, manufactures and distributes luxury eyewear as an independent company promoting craftsmanship, expertise and quality. In June 2020, French luxury fashion maison Balmain signed a deal with Akoni for a collection which has become talked about for its Japanese production quality and expert craftsmanship. An additional new luxury brand is already in the pipeline and soon to be announced. For more details about the AKONI eyewear collection visit: www.akoni.ch

Hall of Frames: new location for 2022

Longstanding eyewear fair in Switzerland confirms dates for Lucerne event

Hall of Frames, the established independent eyewear fair in Switzerland, has announced confirmation of its 2022 Hall of Frames meet, to take place in Lucerne. The event, which will take place on 4th September at the Swiss Museum of Transport, is designed to bring a crowd of eyewear enthusiasts together from all over Switzerrland and further afield, while offering a perfect location for a fun weekend away.

The selected location – the Museum of Transport – is the most visited museum in Switzerland and displays a large collection of locomotives, cars, ships and aircraft. In addition to the actual museum, the Museum of Transport also houses a planetarium, the “Film Theatre” and the “Swiss Chocolate Adventure”.

“We are pleased to be able to continue our cooperation with our main partner Nikon in 2022”, said Nathanaël Wenger, owner and managing director of HOF. “Dynoptic – an association of about 100 owner-managed opticians from all over Switzerland – as well as the Basel-based architectural firm Studio Arenas will also be back as partner companies this year.” Hall of Frames welcomes independent labels and creative designers from around the world to enquire about exhibition spaces.

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The organisers of Hall of Frames have also confirmed an event in Stuttgart on 8/9 October 2022. After a five year break, DIie Brillenmesse will take place in the popular location Motorworld in Böblingen. Find out more at: www.hallofframes.ch

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