01.03.2017

GOING GREEN - ENVISION MAGAZINE

No doubt you’ve heard that our beautiful planet is at risk. I believe that the seriousness of the matter is beyond question. Is the optical industry a major contributor to this? 

GREEN CAN ROCK OUR WORLD!

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ROLF Spectacles hails from Austria, where they create handmade, lightweight frames in wood, combinations of wood and stone, and horn. This company’s debut exhibit at the 2009 Silmo netted them a Silmo d’Or award, an honour they describe as ”thrilling.” With the goal of setting trends by realizing new ideas, ROLF has made a name for itself in high-end optical stores around the globe, including Canada. Their wood frames are made with no metal parts or screws and are easy to care for, thanks to a special surface treatment. Frames faced with stone present unique challenges, handily met by ROLF, as evidence by the Corniche frame pictured in this article. The layered structure of shale conveys a textured surface and natural colour to the frames.

The ROLF wood frame, Zephyr, won a 2016 Green Good Design Award. These awards are a joint initiative by the European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies and The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

 

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