From eyewear specialist RIGARDS and artisanal designer Uma Wang comes a collaborative project that delivers both an ode to both the Andes, the fertile paradise that gave rise to the Incan Empire, and a nod to Bauhaus design, which marks its centenary this year.
Embracing a deceptively unfussy shape, the frame juxtaposes two natural materials of opposite properties, and also two different worlds of traditions, skills, and associations.
The perfectly round rims are crafted of aluminum-magnesium—minimalist and strong at the same time, besides being lightweight and green. New proprietary anodizing processes further strengthen the material, while a unique vintage treatment imparts elegantly nuanced patina.
The twist is the pairing with solid wood—production offcuts of premium furniture timber that are too small or unevenly-shaped for larger projects but too precious and wasteful not to be repurposed. Rich in natural oils and possessing a dense grain structure (which make it both warmly beautiful and hard-wearing), the wood sees new life as the frame’s thick bridge and sturdy temples, with hand-filed, tapered bevels on the edges that add exceptional detail and definition.
Connecting the parts is executed with clever recessed spring hinges (custom designed and constructed from the ground up), leading to a neat clean modular structure.
Just as work on the frame was in the final stage, word came that Le Wood, the beloved restobar in Le Marais, was closing its doors. It was the place where we spent many pleasant times enjoying the central bar, classic croque monsieurs, great playlist, and fabulous decor of naked plywood and polished brass. Bidding a bittersweet send-off to a favorite haunt, we nicknamed the frame Le Wood.