Make a complete spectacle of yourselves.That’s what we asked design duo Jonas Ravlo Stokke and Øystein Austad to do when Wallpaper* hooked up the Norway-based design duo with Austria’s Silhouette Eyewear. With a forensic obsession with minimalism, sylph-like flexibility and state-of-the-art metallurgy, Silhouette is a company on a mission to replace eyewear to a barely perceptible, rimless understatement.
The company, established in 1964, produces the lightest eyewear in the world, working with a high degree of hands-on craftsmanship, meticulous attention to detail and continuous quality control. Its frames are made using the highest quality titanium, a material known for its revolutionary lightness, cool solidity and maximum flexibility.
Silhouette totally revolutionised the market in 1999 with its ‘Titan Minimal Art’, a model free of screws, hinges and rims weighing just 1.8g. With its rimless design, Silhouette offers glasses wearers the opportunity of creating tailored eyewear, with each temple design being able to be combined with virtually an endless choice of ready-made lens shapes – or even bespoke lenses. Now the company is inviting creative spectacle wearers the world over to make their own ‘Titan Minimal Art’ models.
Wallpaper* immediately thought of StokkeAustad for this project. The Norwegian outfit is all about function, cost-efficiency and environmentally sound aesthetics. ‘Our mantra is that we always try to seek out the essence of what a project is about, from the purely formal to the very functional. You can say that design is a problem-solving activity, but beyond this we believe design is about creating value and ultimately bringing the world forward.’
With this mantra in mind, Stokke adapted the lens contour of his spectacles to a round, collegiate shape to suit his face and added a gold-tinged hue to the crystal, while Austad required carbon sunglasses with black aviator lenses. We’ll definitely be making passes in these glasses this summer.
As seen in Wallpaper*, photographer Leigh Johnson