Trends: Negative space

Something we have seen repeatedly over the last period is the use of negative space, especially in high end designer frames. (Note; this means, eyewear created by a designer, not eyewear using a logo of a wellknown designer label). Negative space can be achieved by either creating empty areas, which are framed by material (mostly done with metal) or creating visual empty areas by using combinations of opaque and transparent materials (mostly done with plastics/aceteates). This architectural way of creating visual illusions through intricate cut outs add a flare of prestige to the frame design, without making it overly complicated and pulling away attention from the wearer’s indentity.

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Author: maarten weidemaAfter being a freelance eyewear designer since 1999, TEF founder Maarten Weidema now solely writes about his fellow designers in the optical industry. His passionate mission is to promote independent eyewear to the international optical arena, backed up by a large group of bloggers and journalists from all over the world. He has recently been awarded "International Optical Personality of the Year", "Leading Innovator in Optical Social Media Marketing", "Social Media Marketing Company of the Year" and received several awards for "best eyewear blog" for his efforts to promote independent eyewear to a community of 517.000 eyecare professionals.

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