Thursday, May 19, 2011

Seeing Baroque

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:

Such an interesting and creative take on the "classics."

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