Mykita Mylon, Basky Spectacles by MYKITA

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Mykita Mylon, Basky

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Spectacles

INSPIRATION:
All MYLON models boast extreme stability, low weight and outstanding durability. The key is a patented polyamide-based material that can be individually adjusted to the wearer. The evolution of the MYLON frames began with a new production process that promised to revolutionize the history of design when launched in the late 1990s; Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) enables the creation of three dimensional objects as desired.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
The MYKITA MYLON collection is made of a lightweight polyamide material featuring outstanding individual adjustability. This special material is created layer by layer thanks to the Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) technique. By reinterpreting the traditional round and oval-round panto spectacle shape that was fashionable in the 1930s, the BASKY model adds a new face to this spectacle collection which was originally designed for use in sports.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The first MYKITA MYLON collection marks the foundation of a new product segment in the eyewear sector: Luxury Sports Fashion. State-of-the-art design coupled with a material that boasts individual adjustability, low weight and extreme durability make these spectacles both an outstanding sporting companion and a perfect everyday accessory. Proper sports eyewear can help improve your game, protect your eyes from injury, and help you look cool while you play. MYKITA MYLON is the optimal eyewear for any sport or recreational activity for peak performance, comfort, and reliability.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
5 years, Berlin, Germany

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The evolution of the MYLON frames began with a new production process that promised to revolutionise the history of design when launched in the late 1990s; Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) enables the creation of three-dimensional objects as desired. Layer by layer a polyamide powder is turned via laser into objects that are fed in beforehand in data form.Today SLS is primarily used to make prototypes, with only few sintered products having become everyday commercial items. In 2007 MYKITA began experimenting with the polyamide material, aiming to pioneer it in the production of spectacles. After years of research MYKITA developed a complex process that creates a sophisticated finish in six steps and gives the frames a unique visual and tactile appeal.

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
BASKY width front: 13 cm length temple: 13,5cm weight: 21 gramm

TAGS:
extremely stable, durable, very light, thermally adaptable, fully adjustable

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
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CHALLENGE:
The BASKY frame is characterised by a minimal rim thickness. The design of the glasses partly stays true to the sporty character of the first MYKITA MYLON collection, but at the same time the model is created to link classic and modern design. BASKY interprets the traditional round and oval-round panto shape for the present, making a cutting-edge, contemporary frame out of their historical predecessors from the thirties in combination with the material MYLON.

ADDED DATE:
2013-06-26 02:34:58

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Moritz Krüger, Daniel Haffmans, Philipp Haffmans

IMAGE CREDITS:
MYKITA , 2013.

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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
MYKITA GmbH

PROFILE:
About Mykita MYKITA’s in-house workshop in Berlin has been supplying handcrafted eyewear for the high-end segment since 2003. A clear design signature coupled with excellent product quality and a huge potential for innovation have helped make MYKITA a major name on the international eyewear market. MYKITA’s patented hinge concept has given the brand a unique identity. The frame designs are avantgarde, perfectly crafted, individual and unmistakable thanks to their clear handwriting. A key factor in the company’s success is its integrated business philosophy, which is lived and fostered in all areas. All steps are united under a single roof at the MYKITA HQ in the heart of Berlin: from original design to production and marketing. The dedicated workshop combines cutting-edge materials with high-tech component production and traditional hand assembly. The name MYKITA is derived from “Kita” (a common abbreviation for Kindertagesstätte) and is a reference to the firm’s first premises in a former day nursery. MYKITA made its debut on the eyewear market in 2004 with COLLECTION NO1. This metal frame collection boasts not only innovative and functional design, but also MYKITA’s patented hinge that removes the need for awkward screws and soldering. The individual frame elements are cut out of thin stainless sheet steel before being manually shaped in a series of separate steps. Ultra light weight and an array of configuration options enabling adaptation to individual face forms ensure a superior standard of comfort and wearability. For lovers of classic retro forms there followed the DECADES collection. The LITE collection comprises MYKITA’s lightest models to date. The extremely refined design of this series adds an extra touch of class to the MYKITA product family. COLLECTION NO2 is a collection made from voluminous acetate with a newly developed and patented hinge concept based on the innovative Metal Injection Moulding process. The sophisticated look resulting from this new technique comprises the signature identity of MYKITA: a symbiosis of perfected form and functionality. After years of experience in pioneering product design, technical innovation and research MYKITA introduced its MYLON line in 2010. The new, patented material involves a polyamide that can be moulded into any shape desired. A technique known as Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) enables the realisation of three-dimensional structures without the form-related limitations of conventional injection moulding tools. MYLON as such boasts unlimited design options, its remarkable lightness translating into unmatched wearability – however large the frame. In addition, the material’s thermal adaptability means the frames are fully adjustable. Collaborative ventures with avant-garde designers such as Bernhard Willhelm, Romain Kremer, Marios Schwab and Alexandre Herchcovitch have seen MYKITA appearing on international catwalks in Paris, New York, Sao Paulo and London – and become an established feature of the fashion world. The firm’s design philosophy is also reflected in the shop concept, designed in-house. A key feature shared by the six stores worldwide – Berlin, Vienna, Zurich, Paris, Monterrey and (since 2010) Tokyo – is the “MYKITA Wall”, a white, backlit presentation surface for the frames. It consists of an assembly of perforated steel angle beads that are normally used to support heavy-duty shelving. Individual little shelf elements can be attached at any position desired along the wall, thus providing each frame with its own stage. MYKITA is available in 60 countries worldwide – at high-end opticians, department stores and selected fashion shops.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Mykita Mylon, Basky Spectacles by Mykita is a Nominee in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Mykita Mylon, Basky Spectacles by Mykita is Winner in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category, 2013 - 2014.



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