Designer Life
Expressive eyewear + creative ceramics

Author: Clodagh Norton

Feature Story
January 08, 2020

From the kitchen at home

Jeremy Tarian– the son of the world-famous eyewear creative Alain Mikli, is a multi-talented designer who describes his first creative passion, at the age of 9, as ceramics.
Today he is a well-known, award-winning independent eyewear designer and ceramicist, enjoying both ‘métiers’ from a stunning studio - and former stable block - in Haut-Marais Paris.

“As a child I was already taller than my classmates, I had a long nose and suffered from quite high myopia. I needed glasses pretty early on!”


I went to Mexico in December 2018 and I visited Los Cabos at the southern tip of the Baja California peninsula and Mexico City. I really fell in love with the solar architecture of Luis Barragán.
His home in Mexico, which was built in 1947, is stunning.

“I trained at New York’s Parsons School of Design, I gained experience at ic! berlin before naturally launching my own brand, Tarian in 2010, to design my own creations....”


I’m IN LOVE with my city. I was brought up in different places in the city, and I enjoyed living in different areas. For me, Paris is like a group of small villages, each one has it own history and story. I force myself to spend as much time as possible strolling in the city; Paris is one of those cities where you can always discover a new secret place or an infamous street. I don’t have a driving licence and my bike is my best friend; cycling is the best way to get around the city and really get to know it. In my recent collection, I’ve taken some inspiration from Barragán’s work with the light, the bright tones of the painted walls (inside and outside) and how the building mixes materials such as wood and concrete. I gathered my best memories with this new collection – Graphic – where sanded steel has been worked with volume, mixed with acetates and bright tones. Our frames are traditionally made and assembled in both France (Jura) and Japan while the ceramics are individually handmade in my Parisian studio.

“My intention is to integrate my two worlds – eyewear and ceramics, more and more....”


The Silmo D’Or award has always been very important for us. I was proud of the public acknowledgement of my work in the early days, and again in 2019 at Silmo. We won the award in the Optical Frame / Eyewear Designer category at the most recent edition of Silmo. We started working on the GRAPHIC collection 16 months ago and to be honest we had to overcome many issues to make these designs work perfectly: I worked on the weight of the frame with the deep metal part, and the sandblasted metal finish, mixing that with a shiny acetate material... The Silmo D’Or award recognises this period of successful work in our creative work at TARIAN allowing me to create new collections for 2020. I love colours and raw materials: mixes of acetate are an important design feature in my eyewear; while in my pottery I use combinations of pigmented clays for marbled ceramics. My world revolves around the coming together of these two passions.

Ceramic works by Jeremy Tarian

The TARIAN brand was launched in 2010 and is now distributed in more than 18 countries around the world. The ceramics line Tarian L’Atelier was first created in 2018.

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