Founded in 2003 by the designers Malene and Claus Bellinger Diederichsen, the Bellinger Eyewear brand (Bellinger House, Denmark) is still concentrated on innovation and the pursuit of shapes, colours, cut-outs, accents and materials that are complex to implement and yet that appear simple in the finished product. The new collection perfectly demonstrates this “simplexity” with frames that combine transparency with technical achievement.
A multidisciplinary designer, Blake Kuwahara (USA) launched his brand three years ago, asserting a strong, unique style. At SILMO, he presented a capsule of his first collections that echoes his personality. “These styles would be in my personal glasses collection to complete the clothing that I wear,” he states. “I also wanted to integrate the Japanese design philosophy ‘wabi sabi’ [where the irregularities of an object define its beauty] but in a tranquil, refined way. With subtle details that take a great deal of time to execute but that, to me, are very important in creating unique, singular glasses.”
With the men’s and women’s “Racing” collection, Dérapage (Nico Design, Italy) plays on contrasts with several acetate plates, juxtaposing opposite colours or combining them in tonal variations. A colourful line defines the contour of the front of the glasses, creating an elegant combination with its dominant colour. The collection includes a translucent crystal next to a mottled khaki, a blond tortoiseshell or a texturized charcoal grey. In addition to this simple laminating technique, the brand proposes true craftsmanship: the acetate sheets are precisely fused among themselves.
Inspired by architecture, Veronika Wildgruber (Distribution Jacques Durand Occhiali, Italy) is obsessed with a form of futurism. She designs glasses, taking inspiration from construction and ergonomics, an experimental 3D aesthetic, an interplay of solids and voids, and delicate colour combinations. Veronika Wildgruber is no stranger to international awards: she won a Silmo d’Or in 2017 for her Arthur model.
In 2015, Anne Dickhardt, passionate tennis player and fashion enthusiast, founded a leather goods brand called Any Di (Germany). The leather goods brand combines convenience with utility, sportiveness with elegance, and the quality of materials with design. To accompany women’s lives, she has designed a number of types of bags and matching glasses cases that are perfectly suitable for everyday life, in a broad variety of often offbeat patterns and colours.
In the lens industry, the expertise of Barberini (Italy) no longer requires introduction: it is a combination of innovation, cutting-edge technology and style. Platinum Glass lenses add a trendy “show off” dimension that bring out the beauty of the eyes with a technology combining the best vision and protection with a sophisticated, precious look.
True to form, the Theo company (Belgium) leaves the beaten path and takes inspiration from Japan… But indirectly and comically! “Around Japanese train stations, you’ll find countless cheap restaurants where you can have a quick bite. Noodles are served, of course… With chopsticks,” explain the brand’s representatives. The result: offbeat frames in stainless steel, chemically engraved and featuring laser-cut angles for an ultra-fine effect. The five available models are called Ramen, Soba, Udon, Shirataki and Harusame, and are available in 20 shades.
A young brand originating in Nantes in the Brittany region of France, Naoned (France) pursues its quest for beautiful, locally manufactured products with a collection that reasserts the brand’s aesthetic values. With soft lines, masterful shapes and combinations of materials in well-calibrated shades, this new men’s and women’s collection reveals affordable design, since a pair of glasses is not an extravagant object but rather an everyday accessory.
The Trevi-Coliseum company (Italy) – one of the ten leading glasses producers of the peninsula – presents Clark eyeglasses for the second year in Ultem, a comfortable, lightweight polymer. The pieces include two clips that enable them to be transformed into sunglasses in the blink of an eye. The collection includes eight models: seven for adults and one for children, each with one normal clip and one dappled clip.
Vuarnet, a brand specialising in mountain equipment, presented Vuarnet Ice, a collection of eight models that “combines the technical characteristics of the iconic Glacier model with a resolutely urban aesthetic, bringing the most high-performance materials together with the most protective Vuarnet sunglasses lenses in the name of minimalist, resolutely modern design,” in the brand’s words. Sports glasses that adapt to life in the city for anyone seeking an original look.