The temples on OVVO’s Enigma style are an extension of the frame’s endpiece, all in one flowing construction.
Seasoned optical veterans will remember the days five and seven barrel hinges were used for just about every frame. Modern frame manufacturers are constantly searching for new, better, and innovative ways of handling the hinges’ duties. The following is a look at some of the most unique ones offered today.
SCREWLESS ic! berlin is known worldwide for its screwless eyewear hinge technology. One of its cleverest hinge innovations is a clip-on design that attaches the temple to the front and closes the eyewear, which holds the lens in place for that eye. The forward portion of the temple has three prongs that articulate with the frame’s endpiece using tension. A simple twist disengages and engages the temple.
BIOMECHANICS Alain Mikli and Phillip Starck incorporated an ingenious hinge that translates the rotation capabilities of the human shoulder into a hinge that is used in the Biolight line of drill mount rimless frames for men in the Alain Mikli, Ltd.’s Starck Eyes’ collection. Constructed of stainless steel, the hinges work on a tension grip with a multi-directional articulation so the temple can move in a 360° motion.
Constructed of stainless steel, the hinges on the Biolight collection from Alain Mikli’s Starck Eyes work on a tension grip with a multi-directional articulation.
TWIST Each MYKITA hingeless temple has a twisted, spiral-like end that rotates into the endpiece, creating a piece of art as well as a functional part. No screws are needed for the hinges or eyewire because the temple articulation also closes the eyewire block. The MYKITA No. 1 collection consists of stainless steel frames while the No. 2 collection is created from acetate; both feature a newly developed and patented hinge.
FLAT AND SLEEK ProDesign Eyewear, Inc. puts a new twist on hinges with its ZENSE frame line that has a special hinge that rotates into the back of the front to create a slim look when the frames are folded. götti’s Spin&Stow 360° collection features temples that can be rotated to fold flat for better storage for both fun and functionality.
Optylux Group, Inc. has created completely hingeless eyewear that folds flat. Each mounting is held securely by “tieing” the temples to the lenses. It’s used in the Flair and Custom Flair lines. Optylux also has a coil designed temple that literally twists into the front. Simply turn the temple into the frame (just like you would if you were using a screwdriver) and the temple becomes secure.
CONTINUOUS OVVO Optics creates its frames using a remarkably flexible hybrid material made of surgical stainless steel and titanium. Handmade with some weighing as little as 0.65 oz., these frames essentially have no hinges—the temples are an extension of the frame’s endpiece, all in one flowing construction. OVVO claims its hingeless frames are so strong that you can suspend a 45-lb. weight from them. About one-third of the styles in the collection are one-piece designs.
The next time you stab yourself, can’t find the correct size screw, or see one more broken spring hinge, take a look at screwless hinges to make your life easier.
Kat Leek-Tedeschi is the owner of Kat’s Eyes Optical in Phoenix, AZ.
ProDesign’s ZENSE frame line has a special hinge that rotates into the back of the front to create a slim look when the frames are folded.