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!
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.