What do glasses wearers wear most? Glasses of course, and with a huge proportion of the population now upgraded to the more stylish way of life, there has become a desire to make such a life addition as minimalist as possible. With many designers gone before, Tom Ford as a particular minimalist example to mention, none have really quite hit the top notes of such minimalism.
Looking for an innovative way to really reduce the amount of waste material that is created when manufacturing glasses and sunglasses, RELVAOKELLERMANN has decided to take a new tack. With such an essential accessory a relatively small object that has so many variables to consider in it's design: convenient ergonomics that respect nose size and distances between the eyes and ears; a proper CMF that respects durability, it's contact with the skin, material choices and as expected, style issues - they have to look good, right?! With so many aspects to consider, it is but little surprise that there is a lack of innovation in such a field. With many looking into the archive books to discover that niche, RELVAOKELLERMANN has other ideas.
Inspired by MYKITA who are innovative by way of introducing frames that have been made from sheet metal, as now concepted, instead of laser cutting the front side of the glasses out of sheet metal, RELVAOKELLERMANN has since calculated that the process can be made all the more efficient in their version, Frame. With a similar principal to origami in that MYKITA bend and fold sheet metal to realise a three dimensional design from a two dimensional form, this new attempt at such a design principle is certainly unique. Thinking about how to generate more sunglasses per sheet metal, the designers explain: "laser cutting the front shape, as it normally happens in sheet metal or cellulose acetate we thought about laser cut the frame as metal bands and later to shape it with a process similar to the one used in wire frames, using no screw or welding. Here, too, the technical solution is at the same time an aesthetic one; its iconic shape comes from the production process".
With no screws needed for connections and just a patent protected hinge for the glasses' completion - one in which MYKITA own - Frame is still in concept stage but will no doubt be developed further into something truly innovative. SATORI & SCOUT do appreciate a good waste reduction design, and this is one. Discover more about the designer online at: Relvaokellermann.com
Photography credit : Relvaokellermann