No matter how cool something looks, it ultimately has to be clever to solve a problem. In the case of Philippe Starck, this inventor wanted to improve the lives of as many people as possible with a special design of eyewear…
With his new design, glasses wearers are treated to hinges that hold together the frame without screws or welds.
Instead, Starck has designed a ‘spherical lock system’ allowing for the smoothest possible movement of its pieces, but more importantly, the special joint keeps the glasses from becoming loose or crooked over time, assuring the frame will last a very long time and provide a firm placement on the face without the glasses becoming loose and slipping.
Realising that when normal hinges on glasses become worn down, it affects the fit, shape, and the ultimate life of the frame, Starck looked to the function of the human collarbone socket .
This design of a ball-shaped hinge gives a smoother open-and-close movement while maintaining the shape and fit throughout its life.
Starck’s body of work is so expansive, he holds the titles of inventor, architect, designer, and artistic director and has applied his creative vision and designs to hotels, yachts, and even the private apartments of the French President.
His collection of glasses are ultra lightweight and comprised of titanium and a high-tech material in simple and streamlined rectangular and vintage-inspired designs.
It’s not easy to get your hands on them, though. In this area they are only available at two independent Opticians, Loftus Optical and Skelton Optical.