The matted finishes of many frames in our stores are receiving much attention despite their subdued exteriors. Perhaps because, though lacking in luster, they’re far from dull! The sand blasted treatment of an acetate surface creates a smooth texture free of the high polish typically achieved by tumbling a frame in wood or pumice chips.
It would be hard to conduct a covert operation in these conspicuous items, despite having been inspired by the stealth exteriors of fighter jets and other aeronautical engineered designs. Following a trend initiated in 2007 with the release of Lamborghini’s Reventon model automobile, matte finishes have established a presence in our contemporary aesthetic.
Brands offering this sophisticated finish include Gremany’s Lunor and Paul Smith by Oliver Peoples, as shown above.
The Fiction line by l.a. Eyeworks incorporates matte metal components with ‘frosted’ acetates with great success.