As the use of cellulose acetate becomes increasingly prominent in the optical market, new materials, too, begin to emerge in the collections of eyeglass designers.
Paper, stone, cork or polypropylene—whether they are rare or abundant, unique materials are utilized by designers, bringing a breath of fresh air to the world of eyewear!
Amazing Eyewear helps you find the unusual, the original, and the exceptional with designs whose existence you could not even have suspected! Let’s explore this array of options…
Would you have guessed that your glasses could be made of…
- CARDBOARDCardboard has a place in the world of optics with glasses made by the brand Papp Up. Do not fear—these frames are a mix of wood and recycled cardboard for soft and waterproof goggles: an eco-responsible approach. That’s not all! Papp Up is committed to ethical responsibility, so they are handmade and manufactured in a workshop reserved for people with disabilities.
- PAPER Paper glasses—unusual, right? More precisely, Paradigme Eyewear frames are made of paper composite, a material developed from recycled paper by one of the two creators of the brand. Paper composite allows for infinite possible shapes and textures, as well as a very wide color palette. One can, for example, imitate the appearance of marble, sand, or stone.
- LAMINATED POLYPROPYLENEBieke Hoet, the daughter of designer Patrick Hoet, studied architecture before beginning to work for her father’s brand. It was she who imagined the first collection of Cabrio sunglasses Cabrio, almost by chance! Motivated by curiosity and the desire to innovate, she developed laminated polypropylene, a composite material that was easily shaped into the Cabrio Firebird model. Its leather feel and lightness are a success. (Did you know? Other everyday objects made of polypropylene include shopping bags, food packaging or bumpers!)
- MARBLEThis material represents a new world for high-end eyewear by Italian brand Mora Eyewear. Their focus: glasses made of marble and carbon fiber. The frames are carved in real marble. The shapes are not extravagant—the material alone makes the creations unique. 18 days, 35 manufacturing steps and 76 steps of hand finishing are required for a single pair of glasses.
- ALGAEWith its Dôn collection, the brand Naoned begins to produce glasses made of algae. Yes, you read that right! After a year of research and development, and a partnership with a Breton company specializing in blue chemistry, Naoned presented its first four designs in September 2015.
- CORKCork is not only useful for wine bottles! Portuguese brand Cara D'Pau will show you otherwise. Cork is durable and light, and Portugal is the world's leading producer of cork products. Their cork eyeglasses weigh only 17 grams, and are coated with a thin layer of varnish that protects them from the elements.
- ANIMAL SKINLucas de Staël's Vivarium Edition collection is utterly exotic. Luxurious glasses made of crocodile skin, cartilaginous fish leather and iguana are made by hand in the designer’s Parisian workshops. Of course, in order to preserve the authenticity and exclusivity of Lucas de Staël frames, the glasses are always limited edition.
- STONEThis is a basic material in the construction industry. Stone draws creative eyeglass designers who seek a natural frame design. Shwood Eyewear, Rolf Spectacles, and Rezin Wood offer stone frames in their current collections. The process of production is the same for all three brands. The main base of the glasses, made of wood, is covered with a thin layer of stone (slate or granite), for glasses that look 100% natural!
Featured Image: Papp Up