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ron arad: pq eyewear
nov 24, 2011
ron arad: pq eyewear



‘PQ eyewear collection’ by ron arad

all images courtesy of PQ eyewear

eyewear brand ‘PQ‘ by london-based israel-born designer and architect ron arad features collections ‘A-frame’ and ‘corbs’,
each building on the classic spectacles with simple yet unique ideas.

the ‘corbs’ frames are one single unit sculpted from a block of acetate. the hinges are different from the usual pin and socket,
eliminating the problem of the hardware getting loose. the concept arose from looking at the vertebrae’s of animals.
creating a series of joined hinges which are interlinked to a spine running on the inside of the arms allows for an inward bend
but not an outward. to emphasize the unity of the spectacles and to emphasis the form, the lens is set back.
the shape is an ode to le corbusier and his iconic glasses.   



‘angel – sun’ in clear 



detail of redeveloped hinges 



‘corbs – waterloo’ sunglasses in red 



the frames work much like the animal vertebrae    



‘park royal’

the ‘A-frame’ structure is composed entirely of wire. the form of the nose bridge is an ‘A’, with multiple grooves in the back of the arch
for the linear horizontal component to fit into. depending on the height at which it is inserted, the lenses move farther away or closer together.
the adjustability allows for users with various head and nose sizes to customize their eyewear, maximizing their comfort. the hinges are sprung,
an idea derived from the templates of old glasses. when the glasses are removed, they close naturally. 



‘holborn sun’ with 
an adjustable bridge unique to the collection



‘stratford’ optical glasses 



‘stratford’ sunglasses with red interior frame



‘oxford circus’ demonstrating the adjustable mechanism 



‘notting hill gate’


‘tottenham court road’ 


the transparent case uses a silicone rubber brush to hold glasses in place


digital concept sketch by ron arad as seen in pq interview 


digital concept sketch of ‘A-frame’ by ron arad as seen in pq interview 



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