Some designers constantly seek to innovate, investing large sums in research and development. Glasses are an object unique to themselves!
Research and development; or, the art of innovation
In seeking the best designs for glasses, as important as aesthetics is practicality in daily use. Some frames undergo shock treatments and are made with great creativity to make the wearer’s life easier. These will, perhaps, be the glasses of tomorrow.
French eyewear designer J.F. Rey uses the most advanced technologies. A few years ago, he developed an innovative and sophisticated hinge system called TitaBox, which he used for his Premium collection. He describes it thus: “Pushed by a powerful spring, the titanium casing slides and firmly holds the limb, which comfortably matches the contours of the face.” These hinges lie at the forefront of technology and make J.F. Rey’s frames exceptional.
Another brand, another innovative hinge system, this time by Baars Eyewear. The young creators of the brand—one a designer, the other an optician—invented a minimalist, magnet-based hinge system, which avoids the risk of components breaking. The frames are made in Oyonnax in the Ain of eastern France, a region known for its eyewear production.
Produced by Morel and, more specifically, its brand Öga, the Trad glasses in acetate and stainless steel do not slip on the nose. They use a system of offset axes and flex branches to facilitate this incredibly useful feature. For this reason these glasses were nominated for the most “technologically innovative frames” at the 2014 International Optics Fair in Paris.
Austrian brand Rolf’s Topolino glasses achieved great success last spring. They received the Good Design Award in the United States. The designers have designed a highly technical wooden frame. This is not the designer’s first attempt; he has won several awards for his frames. He is well known for the high quality of his wooden glasses, and these styles are the brand’s primary focus.
The Danish brand Fleye, too, regularly receives awards for its innovation. Founded by two women in 2002, Fleye pushes the limits of creativity while refusing to compromise on the quality of its materials. The Lolan frames are an example of this, representing a perfect blend of carbon fiber and natural wood.
3D technology for spectacles
Few brands use only 3D printing to manufacture frames; this technique is still in its early days. However, some eyeglasses designers innovate to create unique collections using this technique, among them Belgian designer Hoet. After years of research and development, the brand launched a line using 3D printing. The technique can be used to create an array of possible forms, while also being environmentally friendly. The “Hoet Couture” collection features beautiful frames that are also stainless, hypoallergenic, and exceedingly comfortable.
Last summer, German creative eyeglasses designer ic! berlin created an exclusive collection made using 3D printing. These are four new designs with classic shapes but produced using these new techniques. The material used is hypoallergenic and ultra-strong. The frames are ideal for those who are fascinated by innovation.
3D manufacturing frame ©Jérôme & Arnaud