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Luxury Eyepieces

24 Jun
2013

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    The Grand Duchy of Luxembourg in Western Europe is renowned for it’s vineyards and breweries.  Its production of steel is also note worthy.  But perhaps it’s most prestigious export is the  eyewear brand Gold &Wood founded by Maurice Leonard in 1995.  As the company continues to produce creations imbued with a timeless elegance, it has trademarked the aptly descriptive term luxury “Eyepieces”.

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  The masterful craftsmanship and industrial innovation required to produce these exceptional pieces is remarkable.  The lamination of fine veneers of noble materials in raw form is executed with exquisite precision .

Rare woods, such as tanganika and carob, of a controlled provenance are sourced  for use from regions where systematic reforestation is monitored.  Authentic buffalo horn  is procured from farms adhering to ethical standards of harvesting.

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   The styling of models currently in our stores reflect a contemporary interpretation of shapes  popularized in the 1950’s.   Those depicted incorporate rose gold, California walnut bur and bubinga (above) and marbled horn and ebony (below).

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Man Ray photographed by Yousuf Karsh, 1965

Man Ray photographed by Yousuf Karsh, 1965

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Matte Metals

06 Jun
2013

Colourist Sahra Lysell has influenced the pallet utilized by Orgreen Eyewear since the brand’s debut in 1997.  She has developed over 400 different hues for the Danish product and established the two-toned application of colour as a signature feature of each collection.

The titanium frames are expertly crafted in Japan, often over a period of six months, and can require up to 100 processes in their construction.  Most colours require over 15 steps in their application alone.

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  The Airline collection currently available at our stores incorporates modern industrial colours with luxurious gold and palladium.   The matte finishes create a soft and calming effect.  The refined hues of clay, faded blue , grape and vanilla are subtle and sophisticated.

Although Sahra’s colours are often inspired by graffiti culture, the graphic impact of these particular frames  brings to mind the work of Canadian artist Doris McCarthy.

Pre-Cambrian 1968 Doris McCarthy

Pre-Cambrian 1968 Doris McCarthy

 

 

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A Likeness of Joe

06 Jun
2013
Joe 1969 acrylic on canvas by Chuck Close

Joe 1969 acrylic on canvas by Chuck Close

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Glasses, Pen, Pencil, and Eraser, 2006 Annie PootoogookInk and pencil crayon on paper

Glasses, Pen, Pencil, and Eraser by Annie Pootoogook 2006
Ink and pencil crayon on paper

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Vivid and Bold

30 Apr
2013

The Face a Face collection never fails to include pieces that provide a  graphic impact.  Since 1995 we have stocked this contemporary line and have appreciated it’s wide range of variety .

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  Informed by architectural trends and innovation, the frames are conceptualized with an emphasis placed on the sculptural dimensions of each object. Ample  degrees of volume and depth are achieved through the masterful choice of materials and vivid colours.

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  By utilizing light weight titanium components, thicker frames can be produced in fuller sizes. The complexity of manufacturing involved  often requires the collaboration of up to ten subcontractors during a typical production period of 6-8 weeks per frame.

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  Face a Face president and originator of the brand concept, Pascal Jaulent, leads the design team with his creative direction. As a member of the Comite Francais de la Couleur ( the French committee for colours), he is well informed of the practical and symbolic aspects of colours as well as new trends.

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