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Marcel Wanders for Safilo: eyewear with a double personality
“The Unseen Collection” is a line of frames for eyeglasses and sunglasses with a precious inside
DUTCH DESIGNER MARCEL WANDERS WITH A MODEL OF THE UNSEEN EYEWEAR COLLECTION CONCEIVED FOR SAFILO
Eyeglasses and sunglasses with two characters, one monochromatic and essential, that everyone can see, and the other one inside, more intricate, precious, hidden. “The Unseen Collection” is the new frame line by Marcel Wanders for Safilo, with, in fact, an invisible side to discover.
The Dutch designer, with his first project in this field, tells us about the concept and development of the collection and his viewpoint on eyewear, design and ways of life.
How about this collaboration? It’s the first time you have gone into eyewear, correct?
Yes, it is. It was amazing working with Safilo. We have explored a totally new world for us, and we were surprised and fascinated, especially by the sunglasses: they have this strange intrigue and multiple meanings: we wear them to be “cool”, to protect our eyes, but also to take distance from the world. They might represent a shield. So, with Safilo we worked on the “screen” concept, developing frames with two sides: one exterior, and the other interior one, more personal and intimate
Would you explain this better?
The outside of the frame protects us like formal clothes; the inside one is private, like underwear.
A pair of glasses: to see, but, as you were saying, that act as a screen, and are also a design piece…
Of course, and eyewear is a very interesting object, and today not related to medical problems, but part of your lifestyle. Eyeglasses are so fun, funky and cool today that people who don’t even need them want to wear them!
An accessory, I would say the most important…
I absolutely agree, since on our face they surround our eyes, that represent the key to all communication. And eyewear is the key to whatever you want to look like and want to be.
Do you wear them?
I need them to be super cool!
Let’s go back to your collection… Male, female, unisex?
We didn’t want to make them unisex, since some have very feminine pattern engraved insides, but, vice-versa, women can wear anything they want, they make their own rules!
Eyeglasses as a passe-partout for any occasion or to match the day’s outfit?
I am that type of guy that has worn the same style pants, shirt and necklace for years, so I would wear the same glasses all the time too. But there are people who love to change their outfits daily. There are no rules. I think with glasses you can do whatever you want to: change them every half hour, or never…
Yours for Safilo?
We wanted to make glasses you feel comfortable with all the time, quieter outside, but with the twist of beautiful materials and decorations inside. You give a little hint, but you don’t reveal everything…
Let’s go to materials and technology….
They are in metal so they are super light, comfortable and functional, you don’t have to think about them, they have just to suit you and you look like whatever you want to. Safilo technique has enabled us to work in this direction and on the inside / outside concept.
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