joel englund: forced perspective shifting glasses
joel englund: forced perspective shifting glasses joel englund: forced perspective shifting glasses
feb 16, 2011

joel englund: forced perspective shifting glasses

‘perspective’ glasses by joel englund images courtesy of joel englund and designboom

design student joel englund, from konstfack university, presented a set of perspective shifting eyeglasses for the ‘greenhouse’ area of the stockholm furniture fair 2011 where young independent designers, design groups and universities are invited to exhibit their work. image © joel englund

the lenses are crafted from mirrors set against each other and a pair of magnifying lenses, both held in minimal wire frames. by intentionally distorting the one’s eyesight, the glasses force the viewer to reassess the interpretation of their surroundings in a new way.

front view detail of lens image © designboom

back detail of magnifying lens image © designboom

back detail mirror lens image © designboom

prints from the view through the lenses left: magnifying glasses right: mirror lens image © designboom

another print from the mirror lens image © designboom

  • Are you kidding me?

    davido says:
  • davido, sometimes design is just about experimenting. i think they are pretty fun. the triangular ones have a really nice kaleidoscopic effect.

    optimist says:
  • Optimist, I’ll hazard that those kaleidoscopic effects you’re referencing come from a notion of actual kaleidoscopes that utilize the same principles in a far superioir way and were invented about a century ago.

    This is ersatz design, don’t be so gullible.

    DevilsAdvocate says:
  • Great article, an insight I had not thought of.

    smcglass says:
  • kaleidoscopes are usually one-eyed, so there is no perception of real depth. and here, there is also some genotype of the stereoscope in this, but instead of flat pictures taken from slightly different angles, mr. englund skips that, directly putting a distorting mechanism over both eyes. I wonder how it feels like! (with a constantly shifting and morphing image that feels visceral and real because of the sense of depth, but is clearly not reality.) it reminds me of those 3D glasses for the 3D movies.

    goldenfishcake says:

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