October 26, 2018

Projects drawing from the creative world of art, architecture and artistic movements of the past.


The Memphis Collection from NINA MÛR launched in 2017, in the centenary year of Sottsass’s birth. The collection was created in collaboration with Abet Laminati, and is inspired by the colours and formal shapes of the artistic movements from the 1980s, such as a Bacterio pattern and the artist’s work in general. The choice to use laminate to produce eyewear is innovative and original and mirrors the revolutionary idea of creating pieces of furniture with plastic laminates. For the Spanish brand, working with laminate on the tiny surfaces of glasses represents a break with the past and a challenge that highlights craftsmanship and accurate research in materials.


Model Glenn is part of Etnia’s collection inspired by Jean-Michel Basquiat, the New York artist who became known for his raw painting style with graffiti-like imagery. The collection from Etnia is made up of four sunglass models displaying patterns based on three original works by the artist. Each style also features a symbol with three points that echo the shape of Basquiat’s iconic crown, an artistic legacy.
Like the works of Basquiat, according to a statement by Etnia, the collection transmits the transgressive, powerful and emotional aspects of the artist’s work, which made him one of the most interesting figures in our culture and art world today.


The new line by Fleye takes inspiration from Flora Danica, an 18th century collection of plant illustrations. Taking a fresh look at the subject, Fleye’s design team has created their own floral portraits using flowers, trees, and shrubs often seen in Danish gardens.
“Our idea was to emphasize the plants and illustrate their intrinsic qualities, just like the Flora Danica illustrations from the 1700s, only doing so from a new perspective with still life images by photographer Ida Emilie Risager. The images inspired the rich, dense colours as well as new structures and layerings,” explains Annette Estø, Fleye’s Head of Design.


Released in Summer 2018, the SUPER / Andy Warhol iconic Fluo Series fuses lightness, transparency and vibrant colour in wearable sunglass shapes such as the classic P3. The designs are inspired by Andy Warhol’s personal eyewear that incorporates bold and powerful colours.
SUPER has created several sunglasses in alliance with the Andy Warhol Foundation. In 2017, the brand put out two 1950s inspired shapes featuring hand drawn illustrations of pupils and eyes found in the Foundation’s archives. These drawings were then reinterpreted into 3D versions, with either an oversized gold frame or a more subtle silver version, both styles feature blue eye-shaped overlays.


IC! BERLIN has introduced new 3d printed Plotic styles, both sun and optical, inspired by the brand’s home city and its awe-inspiring architecture, including the extraordinary mishmash of patterns and textures and extraordinary variation of beautiful details.
Part of the PLOTIC HYBRID RX line, model Midtown PH0012 has a total width of 128 mm and nose width of 23 mm. The colours include bronze/black, graphite/brutal blue and rosé gold/faded mint. IC! BERLIN frames are made exclusively in Berlin, with the latest innovative materials and high performance details.


KOMONO takes a serene approach to prescription frames for Autumn/ Winter 2018/19. Inspired by architectural structures and the ‘less is more’ concept, the new optical collection is all about clean lines and design.
With a lightweight and minimalist modern aesthetic, the Elementary Collection grows with new stainless steel frames showing a bold stripped-back vibe. KOMONO showcases their innovative interpretation of trends and shapes in the brand-new Olivia and Raphaël styles. Other interesting additions are the unisex models Conrad and Yoko, both round frames with a strong identity. KOMONO was founded in Belgium in 2009 by Raf Maes and Anton Janssens.


Tavat Eyewear’s Capsule Collection “Kafée Racer” is the result of a collaboration following an eyewear design competition in Pasadena, California at the Art Center College of Design where one of the brand’s founding designers, Norman Schureman, was a professor. The winning design student - Miguel Harry – went on to design a frame for TAVAT which takes inspiration from the world of Café Racing motorcycles, striving to make an innovative design inspired by the functional and aesthetic elements of this classic motorcycle style. The result is a timeless piece that references the rebel spirit of riders and spectators alike. TAVAT saw this as the perfect addition to their collection, which focuses on combining form with function and designing technical eyewear with purpose.


As an important post-war artist belonging to the second generation of Belgian constructivists, Guy Vandenbranden made a name for himself with his focus on composition, rhythm, form and colour. In Compositions, Van Steenbergen took the artist’s paintings as a starting point, creating tensions and suggesting spaces that extend beyond their planes. The interplay of material and colour in combination with the arcs and lines that criss-cross the works and transform recognisable forms is an important element of this fresh, highly ‘constructivist’ collection with a clearly defined formal vocabulary in a subtle colour palette. Above: Compositie 1962.

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