a master of design

Edited by Jackie Micucci

Everybody loves eyewear. The stars of the hit TV show “Everybody Loves Raymond” sport some cool sunwear looks. 1 Ray Romano wears the Mercuria 2.0 from Bollé and 2 Peter Boyle wears the Navigator from Serengeti… Emergency. The stars of “ER” are wearing looks from Marchon Eyewear this season. 3 Anthony Edwards in Flexon Select 1113 and 4 Alex Kingston in a tinted pair of DKNY frames style 6412… Celebrity. NSYNC’s 5 Lance Bass wears Burberry sunglasses style 8926S from Sàfilo… Golden Girl. Olympic Gold medallist in women’s figure skating, 6 Sarah Hughes in Marchon’s Nike frame with Flexon style 4600.  Oliver I am. 7 Michelle Pfeiffer wears Oliver Peoples style PS-236 in the film "I Am Sam."               

—Jackie Micucci

forcasting a full spectrum of
C   O   L   O   R
Design Options has a colorful job. The Los Angeles-based company, with a client base of more than 1,200, forecasts colors that will impact the clothing and home fashion industries in upcoming seasons. Here are some of their predictions for Spring/Summer 2002.                                               —Gloria Nicola

Natural Wonders
Mother-of-pearl abalone, driftwood, pale seawater, stucco, worn metals and abraded textiles.
Young Spirit
Acid pastels—pink, green, blue and purple—candy stripes, ginghams, frosty plastics, tonal geometrics, watercolor florals and rainbow motifs.
Well-defined shapes swathed in tropical brights such as salmon, red, blue and melon, shiny, polished surfaces and vivid prints.
Electric Cafe
Virtual color, flashing computer screens, surreal music videos, laser light shows, saturated shades of halogen blue, lime, yellow, neon red and safety orange.
Whimsical homespun basics, drenched vegetable and fruit tones—plum, red currant, roasted chestnut, quince jam—madras, tartans and batiks and crackled, distressed surfaces.
Survival gear for urbanites, murky bright shades of blue steel, anti-freeze green and plum wine mixed with neutral cement and dove gray hues, metallic sheens, holograms, lacquered effects, metal mesh and smoky glass.

full frontal fashion
Accessories can make any ensemble. Perhaps that’s why Valentino and Gucci completed their looks during the Spring/Summer 2002 collections in Milan with the ultimate accessory: Frames from their respective eyewear and sunwear collections from Sàfilo. Here, the images do the catwalking…

a master of design
At 16, Ross Lovegrove began his design career—creating a foldable stroller. Born in Cardiff, Wales, Lovegrove received a bachelor’s degree in industrial design from Manchester Polytechnic and a master of design degree from the Royal College of Art in London. In the ’80s, he worked for Frog Design in West Germany on projects such as the Sony Walkman and the first Apple computer. Later he moved to Paris as in-house designer for Knoll furniture and eventually worked with hotel and furniture designer Philippe Stark, serving as consultant for Louis Vuitton, Hermes, Dupont and others.

In 1990, he returned to London forming his own firm, Studio X. During his career, he has been involved in many projects for major companies, including Olympus Cameras, British Airways and Peugeot. He has designed bicycles, airlines’ interiors, cookware and lighting. Lovegrove’s work has been shown at many museums and is in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the Design Museum in London. 

Now Lovegrove has brought his vision to eyewear—designing Tag Heuer Sport Vision, the first eyewear line for Tag Heuer, the Swiss watch company founded in 1860. Positioned as a luxury, sport collection, the eyewear is available from Premiere Vision, Logo of the Americas’ new luxury division.

Although he has never designed eyewear, Lovegrove approached it in much the same way he approaches other projects. “I have to understand the reason something needs to exist before I will even contemplate designing,” he explains. “Because we design products for people, it’s essential to meet and observe all types of individuals and know them on a human level. We need intelligent design that works and is beautiful. I want to humanize the industrial world. I don’t like things that are frustrating to use—whether it’s a cell phone or an airline seat that makes it impossible to sleep.” To illustrate, Lovegrove points out a simple, but amazing water bottle he has designed from organic materials. The bottle, which is being dubbed the “coke bottle of the 21st century,” fits perfectly into the human hand from any angle. “I tried to elevate the status of water. Because ultimately even a water bottle can be beautiful,” he notes.

With his eyewear designs, which he refers to as “fat free,” Lovegrove’s goal was to combine pure, fluid lines and perfectly integrated components into a streamlined shape that provides the precision performance associated with Tag Heuer timepieces. And because Tag Heuer sells products in 172 countries, the eyewear must fit faces perfectly anywhere in the world. For this reason, Lovegrove spent the first six months of the three-year project just looking at face shapes. “There are no straight lines on the human body. And no one nose is the same,” he says.

The Sport Vision collection, which won a gold medal award for best technological innovation in eyewear at the 2001 Silmo show in Paris, is a combination of ergonomic design and performance features. The lenses are SV1 Watersports polarized polycarbonate with fog- and water-repellent properties that offer optimal vision in all weather conditions. Frames have patented, invisible hinges and are made from high-pressure injection-molded metals, titanium, magnesium and aluminum alloys. “The outside of the frame is very flat because it’s away from the body,” explains Lovegrove. “When a material touches the body, it’s organic and moves with the body. There’s always an inside/outside aspect to all my designs. It’s a gesture to the human being.”

Whatever the project, Lovegrove treats it with reverence. “I like to design,” he says. “And there are limitless opportunities to improve functionality and beauty in ordinary objects. That’s what design is all about.”                        —GN

what big eyes
For the love of eyewear. That’s why 35-year-old artist Steve Beatty is creating a pair of giant l.a. Eyeworks frames. “I have always loved glasses,” he says. “They change the way people look at you.”
A student at Humbolt College in California, Beatty emailed the l.a. Eyeworks folks explaining how he wanted to create a giant pair of eyeglasses. After searching for several years, he found the exact frame that represented what he wanted to say: The l.a. Eyeworks’ “Perk.”
The metal frame sculpture is being cast so Beatty can get the “sculptural qualities” of the eyewear. “There are so many subtle curves that they would have been almost impossible to fabricate from sheet or plate metal,” notes the Pittsburgh native. The progress of the frames will be documented on the company’s web site,
“Glasses change the way I think about a lot of things from playing basketball to walking in the rain,” says Beatty. “I want people to see the world through my eyes and to do that they are going to need glasses.”                —JM

subliminal beats
It’s a CD that’s now. Oliver Peoples released its second über hip music collection entitled simply “CD2.” A lyrical reflection of Oliver Peoples’ style, it charted at number 10 on KCRW, a Santa Monica, Calif.-based progressive radio station.

Featuring electronic grooves from London, Paris, Berlin and San Francisco, the compilation has tracks from such artists as Gotan Project, Bossa Nostra and Boozoo Bajou. In addition to showcasing some funky beats, Oliver Peoples is donating its net proceeds from the CD’s sale to the Elton John AIDS Foundation, a non-profit organization funding AIDS prevention education and direct care services.

To check out a sampling of the musical offerings on “CD2” log onto
www.oliverpeoples.com.                                     —JM