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ELEMENT SERIES Ⅰ

CONCEPT

ISSEY MIYAKE EYES has launched a new series called the ELEMENT SERIES. All the products in the lineup feature a front part made of acetate. We have created eyewear featuring a design that uses different colors for each element, such as the rim, bridge, and end pieces (the side part of the front). This design draws its inspiration from "Elementarism", a theory and style of art that flourished in the Netherlands in 1924. Wearers can enjoy a sense of see-through clarity made possible by the clear colors used in front parts and unique accents. Built around the classic lens shape, all four models have a slim, even-surfaced and sleek smooth form that adds a minimalist, modern impression. The metal-plate temple, made of pure titanium, is curved as if to gently wrap the face; it is also a component that emphasizes the color switchover in the front part.

TECHNICAL

DETAIL 1Bicolor base material

Acetate materials in two different colors are partially bound together into two layers by thermo-compression, then trimmed and cut. The use of this special processing technique enables a seamless finish while switching colors to vividly realize the bicolor design that characterizes the new models. This technique guarantees the product s immense strength and durability, compared to assembling individual parts by element. The deliberate use of subtle-colored lenses further highlights the contrast with the base material, while realizing a slim, sophisticated form.
Bicolor base material

DETAIL 2Metal-plate temple

The pure titanium metal temples are combined with the richly expressive acetate front. Exuding a powerful presence, the wide, gently arched temple has been developed from a metallic mold to ensure a close fit with the side of the face. This is a detail made possible by the unique technology of Kaneko Optical, a Japanese eyewear manufacturer that aims to provide the ultimate in wearing comfort.
Metal-plate temple

DETAIL 3Temple tip

The temple tip that touches the back of the wearer's ears uses acetate in the same color as the front. The L-shaped cut that connects the temple with the temple tip serves to minimize the gap that is created due to the shrinkage of acetate. The end of the temple tip, which is rounded by a technique known as "shinomi-gaeshi" has a form inherited from the BONE SERIES. This is a design that enables the eyewear to be put on and removed smoothly, making the wearer appear elegant over the whole movement.
Temple tip