Free Spirits

  To compliment the release of their latest eyewear  creations , Toulouse based Anne et Valentin have produce a book of bold images and anecdotes regarding the company’s design philosophy.   Art directed by Ann Valentin, herself,  the publication is a tastful distilation of  all the inovations and savoir-faire the brand is renowned for.  It’s text offers such nuggets as this: 

   “Sweet alchemy mixing geometric cuts, brilliant colors and materials: a frame should not only reveal,  flatter and compliment, but be your signature.  Between spontaneity and meticulous design, the collection…retains this taste for paradox.”

 

Photograph by Sofi Martel

Photograph by Sofi Martel

 

Photograph By Sofi Martel

Photograph By Sofi Martel

  

These charming frames , like the model ‘Flash’ depicted above, have been  a huge success and are refreshingly whimsical.    Ann Valentin proclaims that they are a result of  “the desire to create for others what I want for myself”.

 

A display at our flagship location

A display at our flagship location

 

  In the past, the trio of artisans creating this eyewear had been heavily influenced by iconic work of  furniture designers  Jean Prouve and Charles Eames.  Their interest in the purity of form is obvious. 

  The new ‘Object’ series is inspired by the work of the late Ettore Sottsass, founding member of the Milan based design group ‘Memphis’ active in the early 1980’s.  Producing furniture, ceramics, lighting and textiles, the group’s work exemplified the application of  post-modernist  theory to design.

 

Object 2

Object 2

 

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Carlton room divider, 1981, Ettore Sottsas, manufactured by Memphis s.r.l.

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