Moo Piyasombatkul pushes the boundaries of sunglasses design with architecturally inspired frames.
"I like combining contemporary and antique ideas for unexpected results," says Thai designer Moo Piyasombatkulm who creates eye-brow-raising sunglasses with a flamboyant baroque feel. Working with a lexicon of classic shapes-aviators, Wayfarers, and John Lennon styles-sourced from flea markets in London and Bangkok (she lives in both cities), the 23-year-old embellishes each pair with opulent porcelain motifs inspired by tea-parlor crockery and Marcel Wander's "New Antique" versions of seventeenth-century furnishings.
Necessity really is the mother of invention. "It started accidentally," says Piyasombatkul, a graduate of London's Central Saint Martins, who once spontaneously fixed her favorite broken sunglasses with clay and now positions elaborately hand-crafted moldings to resemble eye-brows-or unibrows-in a variety of expressions from desire to surprise. It's an inventiveness that moves beyond functionality and comes down to how Piyasombatkul believes sunglasses should be worn today: "whatever the body relates to is jewelry," she says. "And statement pieces can change a look entirely." Merging preppy America with lavish Versailles, these characterful pieces are for those who don't follow trends and refuse to be left in the shade.
(article: Vogue magazine/images: brownsfashion.com)
Such an interesting and creative take on the "classics."