Design & Inspiration

Sophisticated Greys

Chic  and Refined

28th October 2014 New refining colouration techniques give grey tones a transparent or matt richness that works well with many complexions. Grey has an intriguing history in fashion, music and art. Rembrandt used complex greys in his paintings; in the Eighteenth century, grey was a very stylish colour for men and women; and in the 19th century composer Claude Debussy was inspired by grey tones he saw in a Whistler painting.

Current eyewear collections feature noble variations of grey, including Anna-Karin Karlsson’s striking acetate optical design Stockholm Syndrome (above), with finely textured sides. www.annakarinkarlsson.com

 

Fastens Seatbelt by Suzy Glam
Fastens Seatbelt by Suzy Glam

Fastens Seatbelt by Suzy Glam demonstrates the lovely acetate colour gradations that give grey tones shining luminosity, and features Suzy’s signature beveled grace. www.suzyglam.com

 

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Segal by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear
Segal by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear

Segal in Matt Elephant Grey acetate by Claire Goldsmith Eyewear from the CG Lite collection highlights cool, uncluttered design in a contemporary mode. www.olivergoldsmith.com

 

Stranger No. 15 by Adrian Marwitz
Stranger No. 15 by Adrian Marwitz

Pewter Grey Pure Titanium by Adrian Marwitz with a streamlined sculpted frame front is lightweight, and expertly handcrafted in Germany. www.adrianmarwitz.com JG

Winners!

 The 2014 edition of the Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards celebrates winners from three different countries. Announced in Stuttgart, Kirk & Kirk in the UK was awarded Gold for their entry – Curie – a stylish acrylic design handcrafted in France. Nathanael Wenger, Hall of Frames Director, presented the citation to Jason Kirk. Wenger said: “We congratulate the winners and thank all of our entrants. The opticians had a challenging time selecting the winners with the diverse range of styles, creativity and materials. We wish everyone a bright future.”  Kirk commented: “Karen and I want to thank Hall of Frames, Eyestylist and the opticians for this opportunity. Our concept is to create frames that are a bit different, yet very wearable.” www.kirkandkirk.com

Curie in Sapphire Blue by Kirk and Kirk
Curie in Sapphire Blue by Kirk and Kirk

Cultural and artisanal influences fuse for the Silver winner Vava. A Berlin based Portuguese brand made in Italy, Vava was cited for their sunglass design WL001. www.vavaeyewear.com

 

Vava Sunglasses WLOO1
Vava Sunglasses WLOO1

Parisian Jérémy Tarian received the Bronze award for his streamlined, elegant two-tone acetate design – Madeleine – handmade in France. www.jeremytarian.com

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Madeleine in Silver and Cream by Jérémy Tarian
Madeleine in Silver and Cream by Jérémy Tarian

Congratulations to all the winners from Hall of Frames/Eyestylist, and we wish you every success! www.hallofframes.ch JG

Photos for Eyestylist by Katharina Müller Top Photo: Nathanael Wenger, Jason Kirk and Dirk Geismann; Angelika wearing Vava

Scene Stealers

Frames That Command Attention

25th September 2014 What is going to be in optical boutiques in the coming months? Some of the most original, beautiful and innovative eyewear that we have the pleasure to see in Paris starting today. International eyewear designers bring their personal inner “vision” and creativity to frames, and the results are stunning. Netherlands based Susanne Klemm at Suzy Glam has created “Goes Bananas” – Limited Edition sunglasses with slick edginess and flat lenses. Handcrafted in Italy, Suzy Glam frames express chic individuality, with amazing attention to detail. www.suzyglam.com

 

Mille+13 by Theo Belgium
Mille+13 by Theo Belgium

Theo in Belgium loves red – it’s a favourite colour featured in the collections. Mille+13 is a great example in thick acetate with sharp, defined edges, and lots of beautiful hand polishing. The frame front has two different finishes – the upper part is shiny, and the bottom has a wooden look. Bigger and bolder is the message at Theo! www.theo.be

 

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RG0040 by Ti Kwa RIGARDS

The ghostly beauty of the sea and its myriad of morphological characteristics influenced the new RIGARDS signature finish: Plastron. Designer Ti Kwa and his team improved traditional horn equipment and developed their own prototype hand tools, which enabled the creation of a crude, alien texture on the horn. The result is a unique design that symbolizes protecting the eyes from elements of the outside world. www.rigards.com

 

Tilman Sun by Shane Baum - Leisure Society
Tilman Sun by Shane Baum – Leisure Society

Leisure Society’s new campaign – The Deep Serene – continues designer Shane Baum’s dedication to escapism as the ultimate form of leisure. To celebrate there are elegant new designs including Tilman Sun, named after the English Mountaineer Bill Tilman, who is known as the greatest explorer of the 20th century. The ultra-light design is made of pure gold-plated titanium on the front and temples. www.leisure-society.com www.silmoparis.com JG

Hapter: The Origin Video

Eyewear Meditation on the Mountains

Mountains are majestic and echo centuries of mystery. The Italian design house launched eighteen months ago by Eric Balzan and Mirko Forti – Hapter – has created their first video that is a tribute to the region and the frames they found within the Dolomites that inspired their business. The visually compelling scenes illustrate the relationship between man and nature, with sequences that express the symbolic universe of an explorer, and the practical work of creating by hand.

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Two magnificent locations are featured –  5 Torri, Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Location, and the Valle Imperina Mining Centre, which dates back to the 15th century. The video is stunning and captures the spirit of adventure whether mountain climbing or creating handmade eyewear. Take your own tour by clicking on the link on the left hand side of the Eyestylist Homepage. www.hapter.it JG Top photo: Actor on Cortina mountain landscape and concept model MG-Miltary Goggle, replica of the inspirational glasses

Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards

Handcrafted Excellence in Original Designs

29th August 2014 European influences from Italy, Switzerland and France are among the short-listed entires for the Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Awards. Oliviero Zanon at Res/Rei in Italy expresses artisan expertise and heritage in his beautiful collection of optical and sunglass designs. Zanon likes to explore unique eyewear possibilities, and an excellent example is Caravaggio (above) in acetate and metal, handcrafted with distinction. www.resrei.com

Liogi by Dominik Gasser
Liogi by Dominik Gasser

 

As a trained carpenter Dominik Gasser brings a different dimension to his frame designs. Influenced by his beautiful Swiss surroundings, his love of nature, fishing and craftsmanship, Gasser personally creates handmade natural wood frames in his atelier high in the mountains.

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Gouv/Au France
Gouv/Au France

Gouv/Au frames are made in the oldest active eyewear company in France, founded in 1878. The subtly styled frames are classics with a contemporary twist. Quiet elegance is reflected in style 101, a perfect round shape in shiny Tokyo tortoiseshell lacquer with satin gold. www.gouvau.com.  The winners of the 2014 Hall of Frames/Eyestylist Newcomer Award will be announced at Stuttgart Hall of Frames in October. www.hallofframes.ch JG