Getting a frame to fit perfectly around one’s face is every spectacle-wearer’s personal woe. Most mass-manufactured spectacle frames are made to standard fit which means that a wearer needs to spend a good amount of time finding one that fits just right. Designer and spectacle wearer Ron Arad understand how meticulous this process needs to be and how some people end up buying ill-fitting glass frames for lack of time. He thus created a spectacle frame called Corbs that are derived from the regular hinged design and the shape of the vertebrae!
Arad and his team studied the functional structure of animals’ spines and created a frame that can be on the inside to give a snug fit. Since this spine-like hinge doesn’t bend outwards it stays put on the wearer’s head even during rigorous activities like dancing or jogging. Created for New Eye London, the Corbs range of eyewear is designed to liberate glass wearer from the oppression of the hinge. The frame thus emphasized function over fashion although the frame does look like something you’d see a model sporting on the runway or in a photoshoot.
The commissioned piece has been designed without screws or hinges which means that it can never become loose after a period of use nor will the user ever need to have its screws tightened or replaced. The shape of the glasses are also in a way symbolic of the clichéd image of a “designer with the peculiar glasses” and channels the spirit of Le Corbusier who himself wore rather weird looking glasses. The frame is also named after the legendary architect.