Vinylize inspires people to think differently about the world they live in. Vinylize was conceived in the garage when founder Zachary Tipton was searching for a material to make eyewear frames from. He noticed his fathers old record collection and a concept was born.
The ease of securing vinyl records has allowed Vinylize to treat it as a new raw material and develop technologies work with it.
Because of mass production, up-cycling is now a possibility. In Toney's case, we use vinyl records, handwork and proprietary technology to create all aspects of the experience, from packaging to display as well as the product.
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Vinylize Toney is an optical frame up-cycled from unwanted vinyl records. The frame was designed for maximum comfort. The frame front is made by fusing a vinyl record with cellulose acetate. This makes it possible for opticians to insert prescription lenses and also lends the frame its unique black look. The temples are made from hypoallergenic cellulose acetate and house a metal core which makes them easily adjustable.
The use of old records gives Toney a distinctive look. The frame is big, thick and rugged and the grooves are an integral part of the design. The modern angular geometric shape was conceived to compliment the now popular beard.
It was designed to last for years. The hinges are riveted for durability and ease of repair. The lenses can be exchanged. All the materials are of European origin.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Vinylize provides superior comfort and durability and does this in an environmentally friendly fashion.
The fusion of vinyl to cellulose acetate creates a tension in the material. As the two different plastics age and shrink at a different rate over time, the frame becomes more concave. Contrary to traditional materials used in eyewear production which loose their shape, vinylize becomes more comfortable over time.
The fusion of vinyl with acetate makes Vinylize extremely durable because the frames sit tight on the head even after years of wear.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project started in 2002 in Budapest.
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Vinylize developed a method to laminate, form and machine vinyl records. We now use it as our primary raw material to create new objects.
For Toney we chose to fuse vinyl to a classic ivory coloured celllose acetate and matched the colour of the temples to the vinyl record.
The use of rivets ensures the durability of our design and also communicates a sense of old world quality.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
170mm x 65mm x 30mm. Hypoallergenic cellulose acetate, nickel silver, vinyl record. Riveted hinges.
eyewear, glasses, vinyl records, recycling, upcycling, produced in-house, handmade in Hungary, expressive design.
The objective of Vinylize is to create collection of eyewear made from vinyl records.
Two questions arose: what would it look like and how would we make it?
Through trial and error we settled on classic design and construction. The colour scheme is predominantly black (even though colour vinyl exists, most people assume vinyl records to be black). A key element is the use of quality materials and workmanship.
We chose to modify existing technologies to manufacture Vinylize. This was because it was available and also because we had settled on a classic look.
The challenge was to develop a way to recycle old vinyl records into eyewear. We had to build our own machines and invent methods to create our designs.
We designed all the frames fo show off the grooves and also developed the technology to protect the grooves during production.
We also came to the realization that not all vinyl is created equal. We now sort the vinyl according to age, country and thickness. Each category is used to make a different product.
It is still a challenge to educate the public. Each frame turns out differently: some have deep grooves, some have shallow grooves, some are made from classical records and others from pop music. This is a problem when people reorder.
TEAM MEMBERS (2) :
Zachary Tipton and Andras Markus