Combination of sound and vision!!!!

6 July 2010 at 18:58 | Posted in Sunglasses and design | Leave a comment

I would like to present you  a designer..The other day I was talking with a friend of mine, who works in the field of fashion and design, and the discussion brought us to talked about Luis Porem… I decided to googled him and I found out some very intresting project made by him…For example the project of Duoo Glasses.. He explains the project saying: “Duoo gives the possibility of seeing things in a different way, joining the senses of vision and sound in a hand-size wearable object. The duoo sphere is made from this complementarity: sound and image as a portable experience.

The plastic shape works as a shell, capable of spliting itself in two halfs and preserving an internal container. Inside it you can find the leitmotif for this experience, headphones for the ears, sunglasses for the eyes. The sunglasses are joined on a central foldable axis and connected to the shell through an elastic stripe, providing this object the ability of contracting and expanding to fit ones head.”

For more informations on him and other projects (not only about sunglasses) check out his web page:


Lego sunglasses let you build your own fashion

6 July 2010 at 12:56 | Posted in Sunglasses and design | Leave a comment

Guys a wonderful news for all the “Peter Pan”out there, who has never played with Lego when was a child, Lego are maybe the world’s best toy, what with them allowing kids to build whatever they want to play with that day. So why not bring them into more everyday objects? These sunglasses do just that.

Lego teamed up with French optical company Lynx Optique to create these sweet Lego sunglasses that feature Lego bricks on the sides. In theory, you could build whatever you want on them depending on your mood. Designing your own fashion just like designing your own toys.

A bright hope for blind people!!!

2 July 2010 at 13:12 | Posted in Innovative sunglasses | Leave a comment


Today I would liket to talk to you about a very intresting discovery…Probably it will not be a great news for most of you since none of you is blind, but it is a great discovery for the world so I would like to share it with you…

Recently, a high school student in India invented a special sunglasses, it has a built-in sensor, the sensor and the battery contacts on the waist, when the blind close to the obstacle, the sunglasses can sound a warning.

The future for blind people is looking so bright they’ll one day be wearing shades. Bionic Vision Australia officially unveiled a sunglasses prototype for a bionic eye few weeks agoy, which researchers hope to implant in its first recipient in under three years.

The prototype uses a tiny video camera attached to the middle of a pair of sunglasses, which researchers developed to improve the sight of those suffering degenerative vision.

The camera captures images that are sent to a transmitter a patient wears in their shirt pocket or on a belt. The signal is then sent using radio waves to a microchip implanted in a patient’s retina on the back of the eye. Electrodes on the retina are then stimulated, which the brain interprets as an image.

Research director Anthony Burkitt said that initially images the bionic eye will be able to transmit will be very low resolution.“But that’s enough information, we believe, for these patients to regain their mobility and their independence,” he said at the official announcement of the project at the University of Melbourne.“It will enable patients to be able to navigate in their environment and avoid obstacles.”

Preliminary images successfully being sent during testing are a fuzzy array of black and white dots, but researchers are optimistic the bionic eye could one day be so advanced that patients could recognise faces or read large print.

The bionic eye images currently use 96 points or pixels, but a second generation 1000-pixel model is also being tested.

By comparison, the chunky original 1980s Nintendo video game system used more than 61,000 pixels on its screen while current digital cameras are so advanced they can capture more than 12 million points of light.

Turn off your appetite…

28 June 2010 at 20:15 | Posted in Few for all, Innovative sunglasses | Leave a comment

Guys, this post is thought for all of you who one to lose a couple of  kilos before summer…

You’ve all heard that joke about a chubby guy being on a “see food” diet. Well, a Japanese company named Yumetai seems to have given some serious thought to the matter, creating dieter’s sunglasses with deep blue lenses that make the food you’re eating look, well, disgusting.

There’s more to it than that – according to Yumetai, there’s a scientific explanation behind these sunglasses and the lenses are blue for a very good reason: the color blue acts to calm the brain’s appetite center.

At the same time, the lenses block rays of red light which tend to stimulate the appetite. Make sense? Hey, if you’re a desperate dieter you’ll believe just about anything but if you think about it, there aren’t many obese Japanese walking around outside the sumo dojo.

Hydrogen inauguration…

21 June 2010 at 21:51 | Posted in Sunglasses and design, Sunglasses and Events | Leave a comment

Hello guys!!!

I have a wonderful experience to share with you…Tonight I have been invited to the worldwide inauguration of the first line of  HYDROGEN sunglasses..It was an amazing show, really well organized..First it has been organized a runway to present the collection, and then food drinks and music…I met also Emanuele Tabacchi, son of the owner of Safilo Group and Salmoiraghi e Viagano’..I asked him how the Hydrogen project was born and he answered me: ” I was at the dinner with some friends of the Hydrogen group, between a glass of wine and another the idea just came up!!”. It is so true that the best idea arrived with a “chat” with friends and some good wine…

HYDROGEN sunglasses is ispired by ‘ 70s and 80s. To dominate is the drop shape, in perfect vintage trend..The lenses can be vanished or mirrored and in the lenses the serigraphy of Hydrogen skull is glimpsed..

As for the clothing line, also in the first sunglasses collection, is included for each model limited edition colours!!!!

The sunglasses will be available starting form tomorrow in all Salmoiraghi e Vigano’ stores…So hurry up!!!!!

How sunglasses work..

15 June 2010 at 20:34 | Posted in Sunglasses and design | Leave a comment

Hello guys!!!I just realized that I have talked a lot about sunglasses, but I have never written anything about HOW SUNGLASSES WORK..So I would like to make up for this mistake…

Sunglasses consist of a pair of light-filtering lenses and a frame to hold them in place. The vast majority of lenses are made of colorized plastic, such as polycarbonate. However, glass is still employed for high quality brands. The highest quality lenses are optically accurate and do not distort shapes and lines. These lenses, like camera lenses, are made from distortion-free ground and polished optical glass. The borosilicate glass used in these lenses is scratch resistant and is made impact resistant by tempering it with various chemical treatments.

Soluble organic dyes and metallic oxide pigments are added to the lens material to absorb or reflect light of certain frequencies. These additives must not distort colors excessively, however; for example, badly colored lenses may make it difficult to discern the correct color of traffic lights. Gray lenses produce the least distortion for most people, although amber and brown are good too. Blue and purple tend to distort too much color. The additives also should block at least part of the blue light which is part of the lower frequency UV rays. Brown or amber screen out blue light the best, but at the cost of some color distortion. Various chemical coatings which are added to the lens can enhance viewing by reducing reflection or screening out polarized light.

Sunglass frames are made from metal or plastic. Metal frames, particularly expensive ones, are often made of mixtures of nickel and other metals such as silver. These frames have precisely engineered features, such as sculpted and gimbaled nose-pads, durable hinges with self-locking screws, and flexible temples. Upscale manufacturers use combinations of nickel, silver, stainless steel, graphite, and nylon in their leading-edge designs.


There are two key elements to consider regarding sunglasses design, fashion and function. In the last few decades sunglasses have become a high fashion item, and the current design process reflects this status. Upscale clothing designers, fragrance marketers, and sporting goods vendors custom-design sunglasses to promote their own specific image. By and large these design changes are not functional; they are intended to increase the fashion appeal of the glasses. Stylized frames, uniquely shaped lenses, and embossed logos are all part of this designer mystique. While some designs are considered “classic” and timeless, others must be continually updated to satisfy the public’s constantly changing tastes. The children’s sunglasses market is another area which requires frequent redesign, since the style of the glasses changes from season to season based on merchandising tie-ins with popular cartoon or other characters.

From a functional standpoint, sunglasses are designed specifically for a variety of outdoor activities. Sports enthusiasts have specific requirements that are reflected in sunglass design. For example, sunglasses designed for trap shooters are designed to provide maximum contrast to allow better viewing of their clay pigeon targets. On the other hand, sunglasses for skiers are designed to counter the light reflected of snow-covered surfaces. Lenses of the this types are known as blue blockers, because they filter out violet, blue, and some UV rays. Fisherman and boaters have their own special needs that must be addressed as well. Today there are custom-designed sunglasses for these activities and many more.

Sunglasses can protect the eyes in several ways. The glasses can either absorb or reflect certain frequencies of light, for both reduce the amount of light that enters the eyes. The absorbing types use various substances that are added to the lens material to selectively absorb light of specific frequencies. This range of frequencies can be controlled by changing the mixture of colorizing additives. The strength of the absorption is controlled by adjusting the amount of additive. Reflecting lenses have multi-layer antireflective coatings, consisting primarily of metallic particles. These metallic coatings reflect all colors of light and UV radiation equally well. There are reflective types with non-metallic coatings, which create a coloring effect. By varying the type and amount of colorant additive or coating, a large variety of lenses can be produced. The color of the finished lens indicates which portion of the visible spectrum is being transmitted. For example, if the lenses are dark yellowish, they absorb violet, blue, and probably some UV rays.

A special type of absorbing lens filters out polarized light. Light actually consists of two waves, one propagated in the horizontal plane and one in the vertical plane. When light bounces off a flat surface, such as snow, roadways, or a shiny metallic objects, the horizontal component is seen as glare. Polarized lenses are made using a special optical filter which absorbs the horizontal component of light and transmits only the vertical component. As a result bright reflected light is eliminated and eye strain is reduced. However, polarized lenses do not block UV light, so they require additional coatings or coloring agents to provide complete eye protection.

Another type of lens, the photochromatic lens, contains silver salts like those used in photographic film. These lenses darken out-doors and lighten indoors. In this way the lenses change color in response to UV exposure. However, the range of lenses’ color change is not broad enough to be effective against most light frequencies, and although they are widely used, photochromatic lenses are not universally accepted by optometrists.

I hope I answered to all your questions, but if not let me know…

Opus Design Award 2010

7 June 2010 at 20:50 | Posted in Sunglasses and design, Sunglasses and Events | Leave a comment

Hello people!!!

I just discover the existence of an eyewere design competition, a wonderful occasion for all of you that have an amazing creativity!! Now you can express it in all its power, but hurry up because the deadline is July 31st.. The name of the competition is Opus Design Award 2010 international eyewere design competition..  

I want to show you some beautiful ideas of the past year…

The winning prize of last year went to Takashi Asanuma, he graduated from graduate school of science and technology at KeioUniversity in 2001 and currently he is working at the ToshibaDesignCenter since 2001.

He design foldable glasses..Some eyewear features the foldable and portable characteristics, though few eyeglasses express a beautiful frame between the case of wearing and carrying. The structure tends to be complicated as well. Therefore, I suggest the eyewear realizing a beautiful shape in simple structure with portability. Rotational hinges are installed at a rim and temples for desirable forms in the case of folding. The built-in structure satisfies the distinctiveness and voluptuousness of the frames..

The gold prize of 2006 went to Nicholas Jinkinson, from United Kingdom. 

The Soar concept is all about simplicity and lightness – both visually and in assembly.
The core components of the eyewear have been reduced to 3 main parts – the lens and 2 arms.
A single glass lens is punctured from front to rear, near the centre, by 2 flexible titanium wire arms which then suspend it in an almost magical way – without the need for any other fixings.
This creates a compelling visual tension and allows a vety pure appearance – drawing focus to the single lens as a finely crafted component with jewel-like value.

Comparing styles….

29 May 2010 at 20:26 | Posted in Sunglasses and design | Leave a comment


Here there are three wonderful examples of design sunglasses…We go from Alessandro Mendini’s glasses of the 80’s, to Bruno Munari’s “occhiali paraluce”, 1997 and  to Mykita for Romain Kremer Fall/Winter 2010 (the model is called YURI, after Yuri Gagarine, the first man in the space and the idea is that these sunglasses also protect the third eye ,the brain).

What do you think????

When nature meets design, Matteo Ragni

26 May 2010 at 21:47 | Posted in Few for all, Sunglasses and design | Leave a comment

Lightweight, indeed very light, unique and natural. Matteo Ragni, in collaboration with the Ma-wood, Doriano Mattellone and Antonio Star, draws the glasses with plywood fitting. A total Italian product. No hinge, no junction, but one piece made from wooden plywood sheets. Seven wooden and two layers of aluminum, give the product physical and mechanical quality. Their Union produces a hype ultra-mild, just 10 grams, but extremely resistant and flexible (at least so promise).

Once united the various layers of wood and aluminium, W-Eye glasses are printed, carved and polished by hand. An industrial process with a finishing handicraft pieces but extremely finished. The collection is available in six different textures: mahogany, ebony, zebrano, cherry, ash and walnut and they are sold in special packaging that become small exhibitors for glasses.

Personally I don’t wear glasses, therefore I can go only for an idea. This way, to impact I imagine that the realization of the glasses is customized because otherwise the bolts would follow with difficulty the form of the face. Probably, thanks to the aluminum states, it is possible to engrave a particular form so that they suit your own face at the  best.

Those glasses are thought for internal place and they need to be weared during relaxing moment since you can’t close them, but other than this “little problem” I think they are amazing, a real piece of art. You can decide between different type of wood choosing the one that better express yourself.

I’m trying to contact Matteo Ragni and hopefully in June I’ll meet him and have an interview to discover everything about his sunglasses. If you have any curiosity leave a comment and I’ll try to get all the answers. In the meantime I post here a video and his webpage.


Lapo Elkann and his delusions of grandeur!!!

25 May 2010 at 23:01 | Posted in Sunglasses and V.I.P | Leave a comment

Hello people!!!!

Here we are talking again about Lapo Elkann. This time not in particular about sunglasses, but about the innovative choice he made for the advertising of his sunglasses line. Lapo Elkann has chosen to be the new testimonial of Italia Independent, his luxurious mark. The descendant of Agnelli house has posed for the new advertising spring-summer. A naked chest but in profile and with the tattooed forearm more and more in beautiful sight. It is so that Lapo Elkann appears in the new advertising registered Italia Independent, the mark created by himself. (For more information about italia Independent see the post of March). Nevertheless it is an imagine that unites photography and contemporary art. A portrait for half illustration and for half photo that allows only to glimpse his face, fruit of the collaboration between the photographer Alessandro Villata and the illustrator Marco Klefisch.

Andrea Tessitore, the managing director said: “We are very proud of this campaign because, in addition to adding innovation within tradition, recurring theme in the brand, is one of the first works were born of the collaboration of the creative team in our factory in Milan”.

Lapo always knows how to impress us….

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