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Notes | September 27, 2017

The search of essence 

A clean and uncluttered style: a spherical component for a new hidden hinge

words Editorial Staff

Which is the better way to celebrate a special anniversary? For Ørgreen is to innovate. For its 20th anniversary the brand introduced the Quantum Collection. The Latin word for “amount”, Quantum has its roots in physics and refers to the smallest possible discrete entity of any physical property. The creative minds behind Ørgreen have invented their own version of the smallest discrete entity. Determined to eliminate the extraneous in search of the essence, they devised a spherical component for a new hinge that’s hidden, in keeping with their clean, uncluttered style.

For Ørgreen’s Head of Design, Tobias Wandrup, the sphere was a breakthrough. “With eyewear, the fewer the parts, the better. But the more you want to simplify a frame, the more dif cult it is to achieve. In the process of re-thinking the hinge mechanism, we came up with the idea of using a sphere. The sphere allowed us to design the hinge so it’s hidden in plain sight. It’s inserted in the front of the frame and has the same colour as the temple. So we show a hint of something, but not everything. The sphere keeps the frame light and makes it easy to adjust the frame inclination for the optimal fit. It also stays true to our brand. Simple shapes, subtle details and discrete functionality.”