silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour for ‘my silhouette’
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this december, designboom was invited to participate in ‘my silhouette’, a bespoke eyewear project organized by wallpaper* magazine in collaboration with silhouette, at the family-owned company headquarters in linz, austria. based on personal style, varying skin tones, lens shape and prescription, designboom — alongside guest editors from wallpaper* magazine, yatzer and thisispaper — worked together with silhouette’s in-house designers and resident ophthalmologists, to create a custom iteration of the ‘titan minimal art’ glasses. in 260 steps, the rimless eyepieces come to life under one roof.

 

from the raw titanium stamping to the final polishing stages and graphic application, the entire production process is a marvel in its own right. we take an exclusive behind the scenes tour of silhouette’s manufacturing facilities, as well as the design department, which has been the breeding ground for some of the world’s most influential and recognizable glasses.

 

 

my silhouette: ‘eyewear wonderland’
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since silhouette’s inception in 1964, ‘founders arnold and anneliese schmied wanted to create eyewear that was accepted as an accessory: jewelry for the face,’ explains designer angela strecker. in the 1960’s, ‘glasses were never a necessity, but more than a visual aid,’ she adds. influenced by the idea of positioning eyewear as a fashion piece, silhouette was the first to create frames that combined highest quality standards, ergonomic wearing comfort and for the first time, thoughtful and well designed spectacles. in 1999, the company’s in-house designer gerhard fuchs revolutionized the eyewear industry by developing the world’s first hingeless and screwless ‘titan minimal art’ frames. weighing a mere 1.8 grams (6.0 grams with lenses), the featherlight glasses are now used by all NASA astronauts on their space missions.

 

 

silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

designboom’s tech editor alongside guest editors from wallpaper* magazine, yatzer and thisispaper touring the HQ
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

silhouette design department
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

silhouette color designer angela strecker giving some frame consultation
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

silhouette chief designer roland keplinger discussing frame options with designboom’s tech editor
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

various lens colorways
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silhouette eyewear production + design studio tour in linz
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

testing skin tones for different frame colors
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

silhouette color designers karin kitzberger and angela strecker
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

silhouette’s industrial design team helps katarzyna kapuscinska from thisispaper create the perfect lens
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

designboom’s tech editor wearing his ‘my silhouette’ after approvals
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

calibrating the frames for a perfect fit
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

having some fun with the 1970’s futura line from silhouette
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

behind the scenes at the profile curving department
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

machine with embossing tool
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silhouette eyewear production facility + design studio tour

profile curving
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