Glens (Reading Glasses) by Andrei Astapenko
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Award Winner
The idea for the Glens reading glasses was born out of my personal need. Due to active lifestyle I spend a lot of time traveling for business. I had often felt the need to have a pair of backup reading glasses, which I could just keep in my wallet, store in a book as a bookmark, take along on the plane or carry round in my back pocket.
Glens backup reading glasses are an easy solution if you don not have your regular glasses with you. Glasses are made of high quality co-polyester and weight less than a gram. They are very small: 78mm x 21 mm x 1 mm and the package is as thin as a credit-card, so you can put them even in the smallest wallet, pocket or phone case. Glasses can be worn on any part of the nose. Due to their extra light weight, they will sit perfectly on almost every nose type.
Design Challenges
The hardest part was to find a solution that will be suitable for all. it was necessary to make drawings for the prototype, then to make a mold. There were too many assumptions. It is difficult to make a calculation without having a prototype. And it is impossible to make a sample of optical quality manually. Therefore, 4 molds were made before we have made the right one.
Production Technology
Reading glasses are making by injection or hot-moulding from copolyester
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