Face a Face // The Magical Object

Are you ready for the MEMPHIS style of non-conformism with its shocking colours, patterns and sculptural volumes?

This season the FACE A FACE designers drew inspiration for this new collection from the radical MEMPHIS artistic movement of the 1980s which disrupted the minimalism of the time guided by their leader Ettore Sottsass.

With every model, one gesture, one energy: end tips shifted outward with MOVES, the projected eye with CLOUD, the construction of lines for EIFFEL… the impetus is precise with offsets creating dynamism and volume.

The nods to the MEMPHIS artistic movement multiply and fit within the colour palette: geometrised materials contrast with full vibrant colours – bringing to life playful clashes designed as a game and a visual dialogue.

State-of-the-art bonding and machining are brought to serve these poetic forms. As Sottsass once said: “Design begins where rational processes end and those of magic start”.

So dare to be irrational, unthinkable and unprecedented. Cultivate magic with FACE A FACE.

MOVES: Get ready for movement with MOVES!

Get ready for movement with MOVES! The endpiece shifted outward gives this design its full dynamism with zig-zagging geometric lines revealing a pattern that is as playful as it is sophisticated. Make room for mischievous mismatches with this chromatic construction set!

– Handmade in France
– Three-tone acetate with an integrated flex hinge
– Two shapes: a small hexagon and a large panto
– Chromatic Lego
– Endpiece shifted outward
– Offset piece that reveals colour or transparency
– Staircase pattern to the very tip of the end tip

EIFFEL: Where lightness and sophistication meet!

Like a Meccano construction set, EIFFEL recreates the aesthetics of the metal bars of the legendary Eiffel Tower. Fine lines in bright colours stand out against a dark background to further enhance the design. A playful and poetic design where lightness and sophistication meet!

– Handmade in Japan
– Titanium 4 mm
– Two shapes: a big panto and a small square
– Inspired by the Eiffel Tower itself
– Machined to reveal fine interrupted lines
– Evokes memories of Meccano
– Bright colours emerge from dark backgrounds

WISPER: Full and unbridled aesthetic

A pictorial gesture sets the tone for this very fine-lined design which appears to be carried by calligraphic energy. From the thick to the utmost fineness, the WISPER design floats within transparency and the limits of the perceptible: full and unbridled aesthetics pushed to its peak!

– Handmade in Italy
– Two-tone acetate
– Two shapes: a small panto and a large hexagon
– Extremely slim line
– Subtle like a whisper
– Evokes flowing ink calligraphy
– Very pictorial endtip

CLOUD: Wear colour with poetry and sophistication

Wear colour with poetry and sophistication with CLOUD! Like shadows that hides the light, a thin layer is projected forwards to reveal the bright colour of the eyerim. Advanced bonding and machining technology for a charismatic design.

– Handmade in Italy
– Three-tone acetate with an integrated flex hinge
– Two shapes: a pilot rectangle and a large rectangle
– Eye rim projected forwards
– Vibrant colour revealed on the rim edges
– 6 bonding stages
– Construction used to resemble metal frames

About Face à Face

THE INSPIRATION – THE STYLE

Far from standardized fashion diktats and conformist trends , each collection asserts its artistic temperament , drawing its inspiration from the sources of Modern Art, architecture and contemporary design

FACE A FACE frames are developed within the design studio directed by Pascal Jaulent resembling small subtle pieces of architecture, playing with volumes, shapes, material and textures.

DON’T BE FOOLED BY THE PHYSICAL WORLD

Experience the dream filled with awe inspiring light, optical illusion, controlled deconstructions, and intrigue. Truly a paradigm shift.

FACE A FACE: a creator brand of new form fused with artistic beauty and intricate design forms a new-fangled vision of the world.

Read more about this brand on TEF Magazine or visit their website.

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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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