In the same sentence? Think again.
This year Alessi went in a very different direction in Milan. The Italian company introduced a line of eyewear called ALESSIEYES designed by Belgian designer Frederic Gooris. The debut collection, called “Kompas”, includes 8 sunglasses and 15 frames, with four color variations for each style.
But why is this line different than other glasses you see on the market? The answer is in the hinges on either side of the frames. Traditionally hinges are put together with screws, which may wear over time (I know this well because I’ve been there). However, these frames have thin, floating magnetic hinges are made to last longer – and add a hint of style to the frames. It’s put together based on basic magnetic principles.
It’s also comfortable with metal pad arms and plastic nose pads, and made with lightweight, hypoallergenic titanium or handmade acetate.
Photos by DesignsWeLove and Alessi
Photo of Frederic Gooris by Alvin Choi