In Kawada ward of Sabae city, there is a factory of old-standing, where fine craftsmanship and quality goes without saying. Spanning half a century well established craftsmen have been using traditional techniques such as filing, and mounting hinges in the traditional Ding-style which cannot be imitated. Through in-depth dialogue with these artisans we were able to sniff out subtle nuances, and through the production process we successfully created a finished product. Besides the functionality of the glasses, the overall balance of the frame and the expression of the design is made possible by the technical skill of the artisans.
While classical frame designs are symmetrical and “beautifully completed”, Japanese designer Masahiro Maruyama’s distinctive asymmetric frames are “unfinished”, creating evocative, eccentric designs, like no others…“Today I’m passionate about creating eyewear with a unique, human touch. Mass produced glasses are designed for a certain high demand, and the designs tend to be a cliché. For my own brand, I wanted to focus on developing something different.”