Designing an Experience: Behind the Scenes at MIDO 2018

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                                The internet has undoubtedly made the world a smaller place, erasing distances, and assisting collaborative efforts between parties across the globe. Even so, industries with international reach like design, fashion, and technology still rely upon trade shows to allow designers, manufacturers, buyers, and even occasionally the public to congregate under one roof for valuable hands-on, in-person interactions to learn what&#8217;s on the horizon.
After attending MIDO – the world’s largest international eyewear show hosted each year in Milan, Italy – for three years in a row, we recognized an ideal opportunity to investigate the behind-the-scenes logistics, planning, and design of a trade show attended by over 1,300 exhibitors and 58,000 attendees from around the world. Though much is reported about what is on display at trade shows, rarely are the details of trade shows themselves revealed. We spoke with both Giovanni Vitaloni, the newly appointed President of MIDO, and Francesco Pagliariccio,
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2017 Year in Review: Deconstruction

                                It&#8217;s one thing to appreciate beautiful design, but it&#8217;s another thing to learn the lengthy process that designers and manufacturers go through to bring a product to fruition. It gives you a new perspective to see the effort put in, and quite frankly, all the blood, sweat, and tears along the way. Here we look back on the 12 designs we featured this year in our Deconstruction column.
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                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-look-at-how-bend-goods-betty-came-to-be/"  rel="nofollow noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">A Look at How Bend Goods’ Betty Came to Be</a><br />
Bend Goods gave us a look at how one of their newest designs, the Betty Stacking Chair, was born. How Big Chill’s Retro Fridge Came To Be
The Retro Original Fridge from Big Chill is where it all began so take a look at how this mid-century design came to be. A Look at the Design Process of Juniper’s Love Me Not Pendant
For this Deconstruction, we checked in with Brooklyn’s Juniper
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Snapchat branches into hardware with camera-integrated Spectacles

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        Video sharing app <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/snapchat/">Snapchat</a> has made its first foray into hardware with a pair of <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/glasses/">glasses</a> that allow users to wirelessly send clips without touching their phone (+ movie). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/09/26/snapchat-camera-integrated-sunglasses-spectacles-technology-design/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Say Hello to Hemp Sunglasses

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                                While traditionally used for well, other things, hemp is a very sustainable product that can be used within 3 months, compared to trees that take years to go. It only makes sense that scientists and designers would see how to best utilize hemp in other daily products to reduce our environmental footprint.
HempEyewear process page -80 Thus, Hemp Eyewear was born. Sam Whitten originally started Hemp Eyewear out of his parents’ garage, and then successfully got the project crowdfunded. Now, the company is the originator of the world’s first hemp sunglasses. HempEyewear_13 Based in Edinburgh, individual hemp fiber handcrafted using a combination of modern-day technology and traditional artisan techniques to create a full, sustainable alternative to plastic and metal sunglasses. They currently have two styles, which derive inspiration from the classic Aviator & Wayfarer styles. As a result, due the unique nature of hemp fiber, each pair of sunglasses is unique and has a 100%
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Metals by Karen Walker Eyewear

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                                With a focus on negative space, <a href="https://www.karenwalker.com/" >Karen Walker Eyewear</a> has launched the new <a href="https://www.karenwalker.com/collections/metals" >Metals</a> collection for 2016. Creating a sense of illusion, the metal frames are reduced to the outlines, eliminating the bulk that most frames have. The voids make the frames appear as if they&#8217;re floating on the face while adding a bold, slightly futuristic look to your face.
Karen-Walker-Metals-Sunglasses-1a Each pair features Zeiss lenses, a Monel metal finish, and air-cushioned nose pads.
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Marguerite

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Emmanuel

Emmanuel

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Jacques

Jacques

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Apple store engineer designs hingeless eyewear for Freigeist

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        Structural engineer James O'Callaghan, whose firm Eckersley O'Callaghan is behind the glass stairs in <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/apple/">Apple</a>'s stores, has designed a collection of men's <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/eyewear">eyewear</a> for German brand Freigeist (+ slideshow).  <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/08/30/freigeist-james-ocallaghan-apple-store-engineer-hingeless-eyewear-glasses/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Jacqueline Lung’s steel Archytas sunglasses feature screw-fixed lenses

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        <strong><a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2016/graduate-shows-2016/">Graduate shows 2016:</a></strong> Rhode Island School of Design graduate Jacqueline Lung has bent, welded and sanded strips of stainless steel to form frames for a pair of <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/eyewear/">sunglasses</a>. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/06/06/jacqueline-lung-steel-archytas-sunglasses-product-design-rhode-island-school/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Crafting Plastics designs plastic sunglasses that are biodegradable

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        <strong><a href="http://www.dezeen.com/events/2016/milan-design-week-2016/">Milan 2016:</a></strong> this <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/eyewear">eyewear</a> collection by Crafting Plastics was created from test samples of new <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/bioplastic">biodegradable plastics</a> (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/04/25/crafting-plastics-bioplastic-sunglasses-eyewear-transluscent-frames-milan-design-week/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Shwood Launches New Nature-Inspired, Resin Cast Collection

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                                <a href="https://www.shwoodshop.com/us" >Shwood</a> recently dropped their latest line of sunglasses, the <a href="https://www.shwoodshop.com/us/collections/badlands-collection" >Badlands Collection</a>, that will make you dream of trips you&#8217;ve traveled. Each pair brings the beauty of nature right to your face with their resin-based frames that aim to evoke the same feeling one might experience when in an awe-inspiring location.
Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-2 The sunglasses are made using high-pressure resin casting along with the brand’s signature handmade pressing technique, and the pièce de résistance is how they incorporate whole feathers and flora into each pair – they’re set in a clear resin on the wood and acetate frames making each a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. The resulting patterns remind you of the recognizable colors and eroded earth that the Badlands are known for. Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-3 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-4 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-5 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-6 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-7 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-8 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-9
Madison in Champagne

Madison in Champagne

Madison in Champagne

Madison in Champagne

Canby in Osprey Feather

Canby in Osprey Feather

Canby in Osprey Feather

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Canby in Black – Osprey Feather

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Canby in Black – Osprey Feather

Belmont in Scarlet Feather

Belmont in Scarlet Feather

Shwood Launches New Nature-Inspired, Resin Cast Collection

                                                <a href="http://design-milk.com/shwood-launches-new-nature-inspired-resin-cast-collection/shwood-badlands-collection-sunglasses-1/"><img src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/03/Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-1-600x400.jpg" alt="Shwood Launches New Nature-Inspired, Resin Cast Collection" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.shwoodshop.com/us" >Shwood</a> recently dropped their latest line of sunglasses, the <a href="https://www.shwoodshop.com/us/collections/badlands-collection" >Badlands Collection</a>, that will make you dream of trips you&#8217;ve traveled. Each pair brings the beauty of nature right to your face with their resin-based frames that aim to evoke the same feeling one might experience when in an awe-inspiring location.
Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-2 The sunglasses are made using high-pressure resin casting along with the brand’s signature handmade pressing technique, and the pièce de résistance is how they incorporate whole feathers and flora into each pair – they’re set in a clear resin on the wood and acetate frames making each a one-of-a-kind piece of artwork. The resulting patterns remind you of the recognizable colors and eroded earth that the Badlands are known for. Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-3 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-4 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-5 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-6 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-7 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-8 Shwood-Badlands-Collection-sunglasses-9
Madison in Champagne

Madison in Champagne

Madison in Champagne

Madison in Champagne

Canby in Osprey Feather

Canby in Osprey Feather

Canby in Osprey Feather

Canby in Osprey Feather

Canby in Black - Osprey Feather

Canby in Black – Osprey Feather

Canby in Black - Osprey Feather

Canby in Black – Osprey Feather

Belmont in Scarlet Feather

Belmont in Scarlet Feather

Design Milk Visits MIDO Milan Eyewear Show 2016

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                                The weather outside Milan, Italy was gloomy, but the mood inside was downright party-like at this year&#8217;s 46th annual <a href="http://www.mido.it/index.php/en/" >MIDO Milan Eyewear Show 2016</a>. At the invitation of the Italian Trade Commission, Design Milk was invited this year to experience what turned out to be an overwhelming surprise in scope and scale, a trade event dedicated to eyewear in every form and fashionable imaginable. For three days, the world of eyeglasses and sunglasses met in Milan to celebrate the spectacle of spectacles with design in focus.
52,000 visitors from around the globe convened into a multitude of halls showcasing the latest in eyeglasses, sunglasses, eyewear storage, and fabrication devices used by those within the industry, with the fashionable attendees themselves part of the show.

52,000 visitors from around the globe convened into a multitude of halls showcasing the latest in eyeglasses, sunglasses, eyewear storage, and fabrication devices used by those within the industry, with the fashionable attendees themselves part of the show’s party-like atmosphere.

Boutique brands showcased their wares inside sections designated for more daring and innovative debuts, and it was there where we discovered the majority of our favorite designs on display. Innovative use of ecologically sourced materials
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Socotra Launches Debut Collection of Eyewear

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                                Founded by Jessenia Herrera and Quincy Bee, <a href="http://socotradesign.com/" >Socotra</a> is an independent eyewear label that just recently launched its first collection of unisex eyewear. Their goal this season is to produce edgy, modern specs by utilizing contrasting materials and colors, transparent and polarized mirrored lenses, and topping that with stainless steel accents. The debut collection runs between $95-$120 for a pair.
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West of West pairs plywood with white surfaces for San Francisco eyewear store

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        LA-based studio West of West has used white surfaces and plywood finishes in a new Garrett Leight <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/eyewear/">eyewear</a> store in <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/san-francisco/">San Francisco</a> to reinforce the brand's Californian identity (+ slideshow). <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2016/01/08/glco-san-francisco-garrett-leight-eyewear-store-west-of-west-usa/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>

Nendo redesigns Zerogra glasses to feature circular hinges

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        Japanese design studio <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/nendo">Nendo</a> has partnered with eyewear brand Megane-Ichiba to redesign one of its classic pairs of <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/tag/eyewear">glasses</a>, adding reverse C-shaped hinges. <a href="http://www.dezeen.com/2015/12/09/nendo-zerogra-eyewear-glasses-megane-ichiba-circular-hinges/" class="more-link">(more&hellip;)</a>