Dutch design company Moooi and Korean eyewear brand Gentle Monster have collaborated on the Third Eye Collection – a new line of sunglasses inspired by ancient Egyptian hieroglyphic drawings and the concept of the third inner eye that represents the vision beyond ordinary sight. The designs of the Moooi x Gentle Monster silhouettes all start with a circular lens at their center and include four styles: Trinity, Divinity, Sincerity, and Infinity, which come in select color options. Available online or at Moooi brand stores in London, New York, and Amsterdam, the sunglasses are available in a price range from $240 to $320. All images courtesy of Moooi.
Industrial designer Amanda Nogier creates Béton Brut concrete jewelry in a process similar to the forming of architectural terrazzo. These one-of-a-kind pieces use locally-sourced concrete and a selection of aggregates, concrete pigments, and other additives like semi-precious stones and brass flakes to create surfaces that resemble little moons or planets. The concrete is prepped in small batches and poured into handmade molds, after which they are hand-polished and sealed with wax. $30-$115 All images courtesy of Béton Brut Jewelry.
Dream of Songs is a Brooklyn-based jewelry brand that produces ethereal, modern, 3D-printed jewelry pieces in Brooklyn and Long Island City, New York. Minna Kao, the 41-year-old founder and creator of Dream of Songs, has been a fan of designing jewelry since she was a little girl, when she sold a collection of plastic bracelets to her elementary school classmates in her hometown of Houston. After graduating from the University of Texas, Kao went to Paris for a six month apprenticeship under designers Diane Pernet and Alan Faye. After some more time studying in New York City and soaking up the Japanese sensibility of Wabi Sabi in Tokyo, Kao opened MinnaK, a bridal and evening wear company in 2006. In 2013, she fell in love with 3D design and launched Dream of Songs two years later. We recently asked Minna a few questions about herself and her design process. DT: Are you still designing bridal pieces or are you a full-time jewelry designer now? MK: I’m not designing bridal pieces anymore, I’m a full-time jewelry designer now. DT: Do you work with a partner …
The pocket square, while functionally unnecessary, remains a critical accessory for the well-dressed man or woman. The Wingtip Wallet, a bi-fold wallet designed to be your pocket square, recently hit its funding goal of $11,000 on Kickstarter. Inspired by early traditional wallets, the Wingtip features six pockets for I.D. or cards, a long pocket for cash, and is made of 100% premium “vegan” (synthetic) leather in a matte black finish. A clever way to carry your wallet while still looking stylish. All images courtesy of Wingtip Wallets.