Innovative Danish design brand Monoqool is among the leading producers of 3D printed sustainable eyewear
Innovative Danish design brand Monoqool is among the leading producers of 3D printed sustainable eyewear. The company first ventured into 3D printing technologies in 2008. By 2019 they were the first to introduce 3D printed bio material.
Allan G Petersen, the founder of the company, has been consistently passionate about creating exceptional designs and the ultimate glasses in terms of comfort and lightness. Their award-winning, screw-less frames are ultra-lightweight (less than 4 grams) and fully adjustable to offer a perfect fit for each individual wearer.
Since the early days, sustainability and respect for the environment have been core values. Using 3D printing in general helps to optimise the use of resources, and Monoqool has also been able to use 98% of the raw material used during the 3D printing process. By using recycled stainless steel for frame parts (85% recycled surgical stainless steel) and through the 3D printing process they are able to control the number of frames according to orders so there’s no overproduction or unnecessary waste.
Each of the brand’s four contemporary eyewear collections – Slider, Wire, Iq and Iq Mini – stand out for their individual styles and materials. The latest for this season are 11 new eyewear models in beautiful, trendsetting colours. While they share the signature minimalistic and cool fashion look, each holds its own in terms of state-of-the-art design.
There’s a wide variety from panto, classic rounds and rectangular shapes to vivid oversized frames inspired by styles of the 1980s. In addition to these elegant silhouettes, special effects such as grooves or standout nose bridges make for head turners.
Advanced mixed materials of durable 3D printed polyamide for the construction of the fronts and slim recycled stainless steel for the temples add to the contemporary yet timeless elegance. The colour choices are a visual delight of sophisticated hues, from deep forest, safari, ponderosa green and ocean blue to heritage red, cloudy pink and pirate grey.
In the Slider series there’s the Utopia UT round frame and sunglass model, quite individualistic with its grooved detailing and metal bridge that makes for a riveting contrast.
The series also features Funky Town, a delicate oval cat-eye style; a square-shaped Karma, gently tapered at the bottom; Brand New Friend, a panto-shaped, medium-sized unisex style; the largish round unisex Rain Bird; The Rock, a classic rectangular shape; and Self Control, a square oversized frame with a statement bridge, quite a lively interpretation of 1980’s cool, available for men and women.
The IQ Mini Series includes Roots RT, a rather smart square profile, medium/small in size, with slightly thick rims; and Waltz WZ, a fully rounded frame well defined with its curved nose bridge.
The Drive DV style and Heatwave, both in the Wire series present round wire frames with a gently flattened top and an aviator shape with a defined bridge, respectively.
These styles are shown to advantage in Monoqool’s new campaign, entitled ‘A Day at the Museum’, which was photographed at Glyptoteket, an art and archaeological museum in Copenhagen.
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