February 16, 2021

Materials are developing fast: suited to new aesthetic tastes, exploring different combinations, always moving with the times...

recycled marine plastic

A keyhole bridge detail gives Sea2see model Murano a distinctive retro design. An oval eyeshape with a thick rim, this unisex frame has unique fashion appeal and – behind it – a story of real sustainable progress. The products are produced in Sea2see’s own recycled material deriving from marine plastic collected by the brand’s successful waste collection initiative – established in Europe and West Africa over the last four years. The new collection speaks for itself with lightweight, comfortable and practical design choices and new bright and engaging colour combinations suited to all ages.


titanium with beta-titanium 

Not to be mistaken with tropical islands, the Tropics frame by Ørgreen Optics is named after the regions of Earth surrounding the Equator.  A fashion forward frame – distinct for its characteristic geometrical shape, the frame is offered in a range of six colours, including Mat Deep Space Blue / Mat Rose Gold, and Mat Brown / Shiny Gold. Part of the Imaginary Lines collection by the Danish brand, model Tropics is one of seven ultra-thin models in this edition focusing on lightness, comfort and beautiful, innovative colour proposals


cellulose acetate

Spider by Essedue is part of a collection in which the Italian brand Essedue has pledged to become more aware and resilient in “the containment of waste, with commitment to a circular economy”.  The frame is made in a limited edition in ceollulose acetate, optimised to ensure minimum waste and reducing the introduction of the material in nature through a strict and environmentally friendly low-impact manufacture. The first step in a new project which the company says will see the launch of further innovations including frames made from cellulose acetate made created using cigarette waste.


mylon with stainless steel

Classic and high-tech at once, the distinctively modern aesthetic of HYBRID is more than a look: the line combines handcrafted stainless steel with the properties of 3D-manufactured MYLON resulting in light, flexible resilient frames with a minimal yet high tech design style. Model Guava is a panto shape with a slender font, hydrophobic nano coating and powder-coated temple tips. The frame is offered in several colour combinations, with the cranberry/purple bronze offering a modern take on classical winter hues.


3D printed polymer + recycled steel 

The Danish brand has brought out seven new styles in its lightweight 3D printed collections. The Cookie Jar CJ model in golden olive green is a combo style in the Slider Series which features 3D printed polymer with pearly steel temples and bridge. Available in size 46-23-140 the frame is versatile and temples can be shortened to offer a precise fit. With its slightly chunky edges, powerful colours and trendy square eye shape, this is a frame that is stylish and individual, defining the latest directions in 3D printed eyewear.
Monoqool Eyewear is committed to a program of sustainability and uses 85% recycled steel, and 3D print technology with 98% of the excess raw material powder being re-used.


lightweight acrylic

The brand new Angus style in the Centena collection by Kirk & Kirk is another trendy square shape with a bold choice of colourways. The frame is made from 10mm acrylic, a material that is translucent, very light to wear, and with its particular thickness ensures that even more challenging and “thicker” lens prescriptions can be accommodated, without compromising on style.
As translucent effects in eyewear and classic colour-infused crystal tones trend for 2021, the Centena collection offers an interesting balance of innovative use of the unique material with strong eyewear shapes and punchy colours.


birch ply wood 

Bux is from the Good Quarantine Collection by Nina Mûr Eyewear. The frame designs in this line were produced in a collaboration with opticians from around the world during lockdown in April 2020.  The designs uphold the brand’s commitment to sustainability, and ability to operate without holding stock or needing to mass produce the frames. Each model was produced as a single piece – from sustainably sourced birch wood, which is light, flexible, and very durable. The curved plywood sheets used to make the glasses are produced by gluing 27 birch wood layers with epoxy resin and then pressed for around 16 hours. The work on this base material for the frames is done exclusively by hand in Madrid especially for Nina Mûr glasses.


titanium ans spx®+

The Lite Duet collection is made from a combination of Silhouette’s high-tech materials: titanium and SPX®+. The lens of each frame is outlined by an SPX® ring, flowing into the retro-style temples, which are colour-coordinated to match the frames, for a sleek finish.  Model Lite Duet 4555 illustrates the narrow construction of the styles. This women’s frame has a striking cat-eye shape, and is described as “perfect for a glamorous look that can take the wearer from the boardroom to the bar.” Lite Duet – launched this season, aims to continue Silhouette’s 55 years of revolutionary eyewear design, combining the Austrian brand’s blend of lightness, quality and comfort with innovation in design and materials.


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