Glens Backup Reading Glasses Reading Glasses by Andrei Astapenko

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DESIGN DETAILS
DESIGN NAME:
Glens Backup Reading Glasses

PRIMARY FUNCTION:
Reading Glasses

INSPIRATION:
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.

UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
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.

OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
Grip Glens glasses with three fingers using three special points on the bridge. Place them on your nose as you feel comfortable. The closer to the eyes, the lager is the field of view.

PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project strated in May of 2014 and finished in May 2016 In Estonia.

PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
Reading glasses are making by injection or hot-moulding from copolyester

SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The size of glasses is: 78mm x 21 mm x 1 mm The package is credit-card sized

TAGS:
glens, glasses, reading glasses, backup reading glasses

RESEARCH ABSTRACT:
There was made a special device to set the shape for the prototype of designed item. Then was made a research of the bridge radius. For that was collected the data from people with different nose types and then was found the average number.

CHALLENGE:
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.

ADDED DATE:
2017-08-11 12:49:59

TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
second designer who made 3-d visualisation Karl Annus

IMAGE CREDITS:
Image #1: Glens private limited company, Reading Glasses, 2017.
Image #2: Photographer Liisi Leht, Reading Glasses, 2017.
Image #3: Glens private limited company, Reading Glasses, 2017.
Image #4: Glens private limited company, Reading Glasses, 2017.
Image #5: Glens private limited company, Reading Glasses, 2017.
Video Credits: SK Production/Sofja Kostenkova

PATENTS/COPYRIGHTS:
Patent No. EE01399U1

Visit the following page to learn more: https://glens.com/
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CLIENT/STUDIO/BRAND DETAILS
NAME:
Glens OÜ

PROFILE:
Glens is an Estonian eyewear producer that make prefabricated spare pair of glasses for near sight. They are manufactured from high-quality Copolyester and weigh less than one gram. Their dimensions are less than those of a credit card and therefore they can be carried in a supplied case e.g. inside the card compartment of a wallet. Thanks to the inventive elastic arch design, the frame can fit any nose shape, without squeezing too hard, causing pressure or leaving a mark. They lie well on the nose in almost any position, special pads protect from unpleasant pressure or slipping. Three small knobs on the bridge of the nose assure good grip and provide easy position adjustment. The unisex Glens glasses are available in three dioptric values: +1.5 dpt, +2.0 dpt, and +2.5 dpt. The ideas of glens reading glasses were born out of personal need. Company founder Andrei Astapenko found himself often needing a backup pair of glasses, thanks to this active lifestyle. He wasn't looking for an exact replacement of his day to day pair, just a simple set that he could use at short notice, store in his wallet or even use as a bookmark. Astapenko shared his idea with well-known Estonian wooden glass frame designer Karl Annus, who then sketched the prototype of the product. The partnership resulted in glens reading glasses, a pair of glasses so small that the package is the same size as a credit card, and inexpensive enough that users wouldn't need to stress about breakages.

NOMINATION DETAILS

Glens Backup Reading Glasses Reading Glasses by Andrei Astapenko is a Nominee in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category.

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AWARD DETAILS

Glens Backup Reading Glasses Reading Glasses by Andrei Astapenko is Winner in Jewelry, Eyewear and Watch Design Category, 2017 - 2018.

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