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Nirvan Javan

The designer cherishes film-making, working with others – and any opportunity to travel. In an interview, we asked him to share his creative design philosophy and explain how it applies to his work.

What was the path that led you to eyewear design and how do your formative experiences shape your design style?  Drawing was always a way of communication for me. I have a Persian background, it was not easy to talk German with the other kids in kindergarten. So I mostly expressed myself through small sketches. Over time this turned into a fascination for design and fashion design, everything from jewellery to clothing. Later on, I began an apprenticeship to be an optician. Then the future was clear to me ‘I will design eyewear’ I decided. How this design finally looked was largely inspired by my past, the multicultural aspect of it to be exact. Putting various, different pieces together to create something new, this will always be fascinating to me.

Today Nirvan Javan is a well-known Swiss frame brand. When you first launched, what was your focus, your approach and your goal? When we started, the approach was centered around purism. The glasses themselves stood in the forefront, while details were discarded. The glasses were freed from any kind of excess, not even a logo. Clear lines and a timelessness in design that survives the decades, that is what made the early models unique. Since then, the brand has evolved. This philosophy of purism transformed into a lifestyle, into a concept of ‘enablement’: to let others experience the world at its best.

Nirvan Javan: titanium styles in the Tokyo collection – ‘an interplay of tradition and technology

What has been the most inspirational part of your journey, and what has been the most challenging? It’s the literal journeys I take that offer me immense inspiration. Every time I come to a new destination it is an amazing moment for me. Traveling through foreign streets, while trying to be as open as possible, without any kind of preconceptions, makes unique experiences possible. You’re taking in the architecture, the culture and the way of living and let them merge with your own experiences. This year and the past year didn’t make it easy to live this openness though. The pandemic closed the world of and made it difficult in some places and even impossible in others to experience them. But in the end, it has increased our anticipation for visiting the world, when borders open again.

Can you give us an example of your most enjoyable collaboration to date? This summer we created a new collection with Kochoptik – a well-known optician in Switzerland. Our inspiration was the Arabica coffee bean!

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Nirvan Javan; frames inspired by Arabica coffee beans

How do you reflect on the last 18 months (of pandemic) and what did you find in that period that has had some positive bearing on you or your company? Last year was a challenge, as well as a great opportunity. One could go deeper into oneself, get inspired and let this inspiration flow into the collections. Nevertheless, I am looking forward to the year ahead with great expectation.

Craft and design are at the very heart of your independent label. When you’re not working, what other passions do you have that relate to these artistic tendencies? Travel is one of my biggest passions. Going to distant places and experiencing different cultures will always be a great pleasure. I would also add storytelling and film. The visual creativity and coordination that goes into the creation of a film fascinates me; I hope this passion translates into our own video production for the brand.

As the new launches arrive, can you pick out for us the theme in your collections that point to the way ahead for your brand and your collections for autumn/winter. The brand counts creativity as one of its guiding principles when translating cities into frames. Capturing the pure essence of a metropolis and then turning it into a material representation of the city, with everything that makes it unique, that is creativity. No matter what new destination the brand is trying to capture in the frames, elegance will always be a defining factor. There’s nothing as elegant as walking through life with an open mind, taking in all the impressions of all the vastly different locations and forming something new out of them. So the act of experiencing new cultures is deeply rooted in my design process. Every aspect of a city and its culture are reflected not only in the shape, but also in the material of the glasses. Tokyo’s interplay of tradition and technology for example can be found in the extravagant forms and high-quality titanium frames. Nirvan Javan will show the new collections at Hall of Frames in Zurich this weekend on 12th and 13th September 2021. www.nirvanjavan.com

Reading Glasses innovation: read on

Eyestylist Exclusive: iPhone case with integrated reading glasses – presented at Milan Design Week this month

From the team in Switzerland who created Sol Sol Ito eyewear, comes a new and innovative concept in reading glasses. The glasses come with a slim sleek iPhone case, for ease and convenience, and have a super thin and foldable design, fitting snugly into a narrow pocket of the smart phone case, so they never get left behind.

Already an award-winner – the product has won multiple prizes including the German Design Award and the Good Design Award – read on is currently a highlight among the Swiss contingency at Milan Design Week with Pro Helvetia who showcase outstanding designers for the international event.

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Read on is available for the latest iPhones including iPhone XR, 11, 11 Pro Max, 12 and 12 Pro and comes in attractive colours of black and red (case) and black and white (glasses). Made from lightweight TR90, the glasses come in 4 strengths and have some remarkable, innovative design details including a ribbed feature on the inside of the temples to improve the grip, when placed on the face.

About the designers: Industrial designer Sandra Kaufmann and artist Monika Fink, the designers of ‘read on’ are also the co-founders of Sol Sol Ito eyewear, a Zurich based creative eyewear brand – originating in 2012 – making design-focused frames with acetate fronts and filigree steel temples. Their Sol Sol Ito designs are bold and colourful as well as comfortable and have won multiple awards for their achievements and clever combination of quality materials, craftsmanship and innovation in manufacturing. For more information visit www.readon-mobile.com

New collection launch: ROSE & CO

EYESTYLIST EXCLUSIVE: ‘Extraordinary essentials’ by renowned eyewear designer David Rose

A new line of hand-finished sunglasses and optical frames is launched by California-based designer David Rose (formerly, designer + co-founder of SALT. Optics) whose enduring passion for eyewear creation and timeless design is once again manifested in modern classics, designed for enjoyment, comfort – ‘to see life clearly’. Above: ROSE & CO launched in the US this summer with 5 unisex styles suited to sun lenses or optical lenses – pictured, sunglass style A4 in olive – a diaphanous colour palette includes tones of cedar, juniper, olive and light stone

A4 by ROSE & CO in field green with olive lens

“Each piece is created with personal touches to infuse character and individuality into the wearer’s essential, everyday objects. Our approach to design is organic, deliberate, and inspired, because we believe good design is curated through great consideration…” David Rose, ROSE & CO

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It was Rose’s intention to create a collection of eyewear that looks good and feels good, with high level construction, fine materials, and plenty of imagination – to create unexpected moments of appreciation for the designs. With his wide knowledge of the optical business and high-quality manufacturing, Rose took painstaking care to make sure each frame component —the fine acetates and metal hardware sourced from leaders in Germany, Italy, and Japan—were carefully hand-picked and curated to assemble a premium product that will stand the test of time. Find out more at https://rose-co.us

L’Opticienne Manon Favand – France

“La Vue est Belle” : the chic, French style of a brand new store in the South of France

L’Opticienne is a stylish, boutique opticians founded by Manon Favand, located in an historic building in the commune of Uzès in the south of France. Favand first conceived the idea of having her own boutique after she had completed her training as an optician. After that, and throughout various highs and lows on her journey as a professional in the field of optics, the idea was refined: eventually the delightful L’Opticienne was born. Above: the small traditional French shop front with floral decorations is eye-catching and welcoming 

Interior: Favand has created a warm and enchanting atmosphere in her shop

The idea was to provide a space or to create a new dimension in the realm of eyewear that would enhance all the facets of the optical profession, in turn providing customers with quality frames that would also be fun, beautiful and above all – an asset to their wearer. This was an incredibly ambitious dream for Manon as she says “she had almost given up on the idea, many times” – but when the building that housed her mother and grandmother’s ‘second hand’ shop became available, she could not ignore the sign to finally take a leap into the unknown.

Interior by Manon Favand: personal, well presented and carefully styled with plants and intriguing “objets”

L’Opticienne signifies the culmination of Favand’s idea – which had been maturing for years – of a feminine, creative and beautiful store run by a woman in an industry and a profession that was, and arguably still is, predominantly male dominated. Her passion to create something new and fresh and to support the success of independent designers is apparent throughout her business; working solely with eyewear designers and brands who meet her standards of quality and passion for their work. The layout and design of the store itself was carried out by local craftsmen which further exemplifies the point made by Favand to carve a new path for growing professionals to follow.

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After one year in business, Favand has found great success as an optician. An intuitive creative with a thirst for diversity and interdependence within her field of work, Favand states that “this business is my universe; it is my philosophy and I am happy and proud to share it every day.” If her sheer devotion and passion for her store isn’t enough to invoke a desire for a visit – what is? Manon Favand opened her store in November 2020. She features a wide range of well-known and lesser known independent brands in her store including Henau Eyewear, Essedue, RES/REI, La Brique et la Violette, and sustainable label NO IDOLS. 

L’Opticienne – Manon Favand, place du Duché 30700 UZES, France.

This interview was written by Victoria G. L. Brunton exclusively for Eyestylist.com.

French artisan style: Meg Eyewear

Eyewear for all seasons, and all outfits

Frames that are less about trend and more about longevity with timeless appeal are essentials to any wardrobe. Think classic, but look for a twist in the colour, proportions or details, something that’s intriguing enough to capture your unique look, and beautifully handfinished, so that it lasts several (or many) years. Above: the French label Meg Eyewear’s artisan collection offers key pieces with real versatility – a fine acetate material will stand out in the crowd

All weather eyewear elegance: Meg Eyewear’s collection features frames in black – ideal for all seasons – featured, model Hortense

Model Hortense by Meg Eyewear offers a classic look with a touch of the extraordinary: the angular shape and balanced form pair with the signature bridge found across this collection which is handmade in Oyonnax, one of the traditional spectacle-making spots in the Jura in France.

A versatile butterfly frame can suit all outfits: model Camille C19 by Meg Eyewear

A shape with individuality and bold expression, such as the Camille by Meg Eyewear, in easily translatable colours (classics like black, white or tortoise) is an ideal partner for any season and any classic or casual apparel style that you need to upgrade and make your own.

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About Meg Eyewear : Mégane Jeanmaire Dit Cartier is a young optician from Cognac, in Charente, France. Her love for fashion, interiors and travel, led her to a profession that would give her freedom to express her creativity and taste for good design.

After training, Mégane qualified in design and spectacle making in 2015  with a “Bachelor lunetier créateur” from l’Institut Supérieur d’Optique de Bordeaux”. Her work experience at the end of the year with the Australian design company Jono Hennessy was a turning point, she says : « Why don’t you design yourself ? » The idea took form, and with a little support from the Rotary Club in Cognac she launched herself as an luxury eyewear designer a few months later. Find more about the artisan brand at www.megeyewear.com