Eyewear Rendez-Vous in Cologne

Independent Creators at Die Brillenmesse

21st April 2015 Cologne’s magnificent cathedral, its world-class museums and galleries are wonderful reasons to visit this elegant city. Another world-class event takes place this weekend in Cologne – 25th and 26th April – when independent eyewear designers present their collections at Hall of Frames on the Rhine River at Dock One. Among those participating is Fabian Hoffmann at Coblens, who will show his stylish new collection, Lunapark. The design inspiration is the mystical surrounding of the Lunapark pleasure ground that was an important attraction in Berlin during the 1920’s. The graceful character of “Die Shimmytreppe” (above) is highlighted with etched scores on the frame front. www.coblens.com

 

Recamier by Lafont Paris
Recamier by Lafont Paris

Lafont Paris will introduce their Autumn/Winter 2015 collections for men, women and children in Cologne. Fabulous colourations in the Réédition range include this striking acetate design in Blue Tortoise (above). Craftsmanship, fine details and contemporary styling characterise all Lafont frames. www.lafont.com

 

Osaka by Jérémy Tarian
Osaka by Jérémy Tarian

Jérémy Tarian presents his statement collection, including the spot-on trend Osaka (above) in chic blue and black with coloured lenses. All Tarian frames are handcrafted in France with immaculate details. www.jeremytarian.com

 

ONKEL FERDI Mattes
ONKEL FERDI Mattes

ONKEL FERDI from Germany will exhibit their new collection at Die Brillenmesse. Intricate frame processes include techniques that were important in the past, and revived today, to ensure individuality and top-notch quality. ONKEL FERDI Mattes (above) acquire an ultra-smooth surface with sandblasting. www.onkelferdi.de Additional information at www.diebrillenmesse.de JG

Trend watch: hot metal

15th April 2015 Alongside the trend for metallic touches in accessories and fashion, metal frames are making a smart statement for the warmer season with sleek refined styling in evidence at the top end of the spectacle spectrum.

Veronika Wildgruber is an interior and product designer with a fascination for materials. She describes her own work as “simple and surprising”, a phrase that sums up her frames. The current collection – made entirely in Italy and France, includes metals used in unexpected ways, such as model Empty, where “empty space” defines the volume and produces a light, attractive filigree effect. www.veronikawildgruber.com/eyewear

Salt Optics model Pratt
Model Pratt / Salt Optics

A favourite classic themed sunglass shape this season, model Pratt by Salt Optics shows similar artistry in metal. This luxurious lust-worthy aviator – pictured in Honey Gold, is produced in Titanium/Beta Titanium in Japan and exhibits all the attention to detail and luxury finishing of a fine piece of handcrafted sunwear. Model Pratt is fitted with Polarized CR39 “Lovers Soul” Gradient lenses. Full details at www.saltoptics.com CN