Words by Lauren Steinberg
Fresh from our FW22 collection, this statement making frame has Modernism written all over it. One writer compares it to the great frames of modernist architects, Le Corbusier or Philip Johnson. Perfectly round and bold, thick acetate frames (cast like cast concrete) reflecting a utopian vision of buildings and cities organized along axes of pure, rational form.
Le Corbusier said, “Architecture is the learned game, correct and magnificent, of form assembled in the light.” Perhaps the practical modernist felt the same way about the frames that rested on his nose. Perfectly round and bold, his thick acetate frames (cast like cast concrete) reflected his utopian vision of buildings and cities organized along axes of pure, rational form. Like his glasses, his architecture emphasized the play of light on primary shapes, and for him this spoke to a kind of revolutionary, universal, class transcendent experience which was at the heart of the modern project.
In walks the Jack. Fresh from our FW22 collection, this statement making frame has Modernism written all over it. The Jack is a nod to the mid century greats who donned oversized roundies, (architects Le Corbusier and Philip Johnson to name a few).
Perhaps today Courbousier’s modernist project seems idealistic, destructive even, certainly as we sift through its wake. But at least there was nothing overwrought about it. Bold in vision, his glasses didn’t just match the man wearing them, they represented the modern ethos itself.
The architect’s personal style, like his buildings, was a total work of art. Corbusier did not just stop at creating breathtaking structures such as Villa Savoye and the chapel Notre-Dame du Haut. He also designed many iconic pieces of modern furniture to be housed within, such as a sling-backed chair, a futuristic and form fitting chaise lounge, and the “cushion basket” armchair–ubiquitous sights in mid-century (international style) homes.
Le Corbusier’s famous round glasses accented striking bowties and heavy double-breasted suits, a motif of intersecting shapes which he rarely deviated from. In his paintings the essentialist theme continued, as he often created large volumes in primary colors. Le Corbusier became a style icon. He even married the model and clothing designer Yevonne Gallis. But to him, his personal style was more like an extension of his principled architectural designs, paintings, and modernist ideals. Peering through those heavy, round, acetate glasses, he designed more than furniture or buildings but even entire cities.