TECHIE HINGES

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WIRED Eyewear Style Nos. 6014 (shown here) and 6018 by Avalon feature hinges that are inspired by mechanical and industrial design.

High-tech hinges are taking center stage as fashion elements.

Integral parts of a frame, ophthalmic and sunwear hinges have an important purpose. Some, however, are more technologically advanced and more noticeable to the onlooker. Although the science and engineering of hinges are always advancing, it is what we see that makes this trend so interesting.

BUILT TOUGH
OVVO Optics’ revolutionary screw-free hinge system uses precision laser cuts in its fused titanium and surgical grade stainless steel material. This combination results in an amazingly durable, flexible, and lightweight product. In fact, this inspirational material was meant for use in spacecraft.

MINIMALISTIC AND MIGHTY
Another facet of this trend is that techie hinges may be small in size and design, but they offer strength too. This combination brings on a look of its own. For example, WIRED Eyewear Style Nos. 6014 and 6018 by Avalon Eyewear feature special hinges that are inspired by mechanical and industrial design yet are minimalistic and elegant. Strong, ultra-lightweight stainless steel components make up these suspension-type hinges and leave the wearer with a feeling of responsiveness.

ic! Berlin’s new inclination hinge allows wearers to change the angle of the frame up to 3° up or down to ensure that temples fit perfectly to each person’s ears.

Taking minimalistic a step further, Air Titanium RIM eyewear by LINDBERG uses strong pure titanium metal and incorporates its patented screwless, solderless, and rivetless hinge system into each piece. The titanium wire is twisted to create the hinge construction.

360° MOTION
Yes, a frame can have the same full-motion behaviour as the human clavicle. French designers Alain Mikli and Philippe Starck combined their creativity and technical expertise to give birth to Biolink, successor to the conventional screw hinge. Inspired by the arm’s natural intelligence, it shares the same multi-directional freedom of movement. As a result, the absence of screws assures a constant pressure on temples and provides an unrivalled comfort to the consumer. Biolink is made from medical stainless steel and there are no welding points.

LINDBERG’s Air Titanium RIM eyewear uses a patented screwless, solderless, and rivetless hinge system in each piece. Lars shown here.

CLIPPED AND COLORFUL
Color also plays a role in this high-tech hinge trend. Color is a big eyewear trend right now, especially with spring in the air. What makes this trend so appealing is that the hinges add to the total eyewear look by adding color.

The ÖGA Kusk by Morel, for instance, uses TR-90 and hinges that add a pop of color to the frame. Just choose from front/temple/ hinge combinations of red, lime or green, blue or orange, black. These lightweight hinge assemblies (0.60g) are inspired by Legos, those small plastic snap-together toys that have pleased kids for over 100 years. The combination of the material, color, and hinge technology really speaks to this techie hinge trend.

PERSONALIZATION
Known for its innovative hinge technology, ic! berlin just raised the bar with its new inclination hinge which allows wearers to change the angle of the frame up to 3° up or down to ensure that temples fit perfectly to each person’s ears. It is currently available on the andreas, anouk, arthur, charmante, chasseral, solal, sainte-maxime, carlotta, julius, and mike styles, with more styles being added daily.

Hinges are often the unsung heroes of a frame. They do so much yet are usually hidden behind the endpieces and temples. High-tech hinges are taking center stage as fashion elements and providing service far beyond what most patients ever imagined. They certainly stand out in the crowd…even the techie crowd.

Jackie O’Keefe is a licensed optician and a writer, lecturer, and course preparer in the Virginia Beach, VA, area.

WHERE TO FIND IT:

Alain Mikli Ltd.
800-829-8032 • mikli.com

Avalon Eyewear
888-767-0383 • avaloneyewear.com

ic! berlin america
866-634-8990 • ic-berlin.de

LINDBERG
800-386-9196 • lindberg.com

Morel
800-526-8838 • morel-france.com

OVVO Optics
855-393-6886 • ovvooptics.com

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