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Seductive Duo Tones

15 Nov
2013
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The latest collection of frames from Orgreen Optics beautifully balances subdued mat finishes with glossy opulence.  It’s as though the  extremes of a  nuanced  theatrical performance and a flashy closing number  have been paired  to offer the breadth  of a visual experience.

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  The play of textures and the connotations  they evoke are intentionally based on expressive performances. The inspiration behind Orgreen’s currant campaign are cinematic style, theatrical documentary, film noir and strong dynamics.

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  Named after actors of such renowned as ‘Bogart’, film directors and sultry Bond Girls, the new frames now available at our locations   should have broad appeal.

Still shot of  Bacall and Bogart from the film trailer for Dark Passage, 1947.

Still shot of Bacall and Bogart from the
film trailer of Dark Passage, 1947.

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  Pairings of colours such as Mat Copenhagen Blue with Shiny Gold and Mat Safari with Palladium offer a complex and elegant  titanium alternative to the bolder statement of an acetate frame.

 

 

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Architect, patron, photographer, writer, museum director, curator and philanthropist- Montreal resident Phyllis Lambert is each.

Saidye Bronfman Centre. Designed by Phyllis Lambert.
Photographed by Richard Nickle.1970.
Fonds Phyllis Lambert, Collection Centre Canadien d’Archictecture

At the age of 27 she implored  her father, liquor tycoon Samuel Bronfman, to re-evaluate his options in regards to the construction of the Seagram Building, the company’s American headquarters office tower at 375 Park Avenue in New York City. In a letter to her father Phyllis wrote  in the  margin that “it is quiet elegance, harmony, sobriety, humility that makes beauty, not flashiness.”

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Ezra Stoller | Seagram Building, Mies van der Rohe with Philip Johnson, New York, NY, 1958 | Gelatin Silver Print | © Ezra Stoller, Courtesy Yossi Milo Gallery, New York

The young visionary was  astute in choosing  to employ architects Ludwig Mies van der Rohe and his protege Philip Johnson to design the site. Under her guidance as director of planning the Seagram Building became the landmark of 20th century architecture.

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Phyllis Lambert photographed by Marie-Claude Hamel

Phyllis was also astute in choosing to wear frames from the Danish company Lindberg.  Their designs from the AIR Titanium RIM collection live up to her estimations of beauty for they achieve a quite elegance, harmony and sobriety.  The minimalist aesthetics and construction of  Lindberg’s eyewear must appeal to the architect’s sensibilities.

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The n.o.w. collection is currently available at our stores. These innovative new models weigh only 2.3 grams. Their fronts are constructed of a composite material to a thickness of only 2 mm. Thin titanium temples and nose pad arms complete the designs and  are classic  Lindberg features.  Surly Phyllis would approve.

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For those with money burning a hole in their pockets, we can offer  something of value to take it’s place.  Chrome Hearts model ‘Droolin’ is a robust frame which folds to half it’s width- ideal for easy packing in the pants or the purse.

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Fitted with stainless steel hinges and featuring  cast sterling .925 fleur details, this articulated frame is a result of  the brand’s rigorous commitment to quality and innovation.

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The hand-made case which accompanies this model is crafted of full grain Italian leather (the best genuine raw hide  available) and is embossed with the Chrome Hearts logo.  Marked by such distinctive features, there will be no mistaking where your brand loyalty lies.

 

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Grover and Buffy Sainte-Marie on Sesame Street c. 1970. Children's Television Workshop

Grover and Buffy Sainte-Marie on Sesame Street c. 1970. Children’s Television Workshop

Certain shades of blue can evoke a cool, reflective mood.  The colour has inspired  and preoccupied innovative  artists such as Joni Mitchell and Pablo Picasso.  Indigo, specifically, is regarded as the colour of intuition, perception and the higher mind.   Blues are powerful, dignified and integral to heightening the powers of perception.

La Celestina, 1904 by Pablo Picasso. Musee National Picasso, Paris

La Celestina, 1904 by Pablo Picasso. Musee National Picasso, Paris

The French  conceptual artist Yves Klein developed his own shade of blue  in observance of the Nouveau Realisme movement’s manifesto which encouraged  the production of work inspiring a “new way of perceiving the real”.

Sill, 1960 by Yves Klein. Mixed media

Sill, 1960 by Yves Klein. Mixed media

It is only fitting   that optical devices suited to enhancing ones vision should incorporate a colour believed to effect perception!  Some frames crafted by Claire Goldsmith and Anne et Valentin are produced in an intense ‘Indigo’.

The deep, dramatic laser etched finish of  l.a. Eyeworks‘ Flying Wallendas model is accentuated by its presentation in ‘Liquid Navy’ as depicted below.

We invite you to appraise our selection and to experience the merits of blue!

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The Space Between

22 Jul
2013
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Specimen of Lace, William Henry Fox Talbot circa 1839-1845, National gallery of Canada

Specimen of Lace, William Henry Fox Talbot circa 1839-1845, National Gallery of Canada

An  indication of good design is the achievement of a critical balance between form and negative space.  This  rule applies as well to the production of lace as it does to the manufacturing of eyewear.

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  l.a. Eyeworks has filled a niche of sorts with a collection that has left things out.  Using state of the art techniques to perforate stainless steel, this innovated company  has created  delicate patterns by combining open space with dense texture.

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  Because they  reference a contemporary trend of  using  perforated steel  in industrial design and architecture, these frames are truly of the moment.

Housing Hatert by 24H architecture, photo by Boris Zeisser

Housing Hatert by 24H architecture, photo by Boris Zeisser

 

 

 

 

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k. d. Lang, C.B.C. photo stills collection c. 1986

Kathryn Dawn Lang, C.B.C. photo stills collection c. 1986

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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
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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
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Joe 1969 acrylic on canvas by Chuck Close

Joe 1969 acrylic on canvas by Chuck Close

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