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Stylish Spectacles

Five stylish architects give us the scoop on the best frames for fall and insight into their design philosophies.

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JOYCE CHEN

Escobedo Construction

  • What is your design philosophy? 
  • I believe in a multi-sensory approach to architecture and love to explore the different qualities and potentials of materials and spaces. I aim to create designs which are not only visually appealing but engage the other senses. Research and experimentation are an important phase of my process and I try to assess each design problem without any preconceived notions, since there are usually many unique factors at play. Responding to the site, climate, program, and client needs and desires are just some of the crucial elements that should be balanced in order to achieve thoughtful and appropriate solutions. Ultimately, I want to create spaces that users will enjoy!
  • What kind of frames do you usually like to wear? 
  • As far as eyeglass frames go, I typically prefer classic rectangular frames. I have a pair in black metal and also the Warby Parker Wilkie in Sugar Maple.
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  • What is your design philosophy? 
  • Designing homes is truly my passion. There is no client-designer relationship more intimate. I have been fortunate enough to work with some amazing clients and consider myself merely a conduit through which they channel their personality, lifestyle, and desires. The goal at the end of the process is to arrive at a home that is a reflection of the client, beautiful, and will endure for generations.  
  • What kind of frames do you usually like to wear?
  • Persol eyeglasses and American Optical sunglasses.
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MATT FAJKUS, AIA

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  • What is your design philosophy? 
  • Though it may sound contradictory, I believe in design based in the “modern tradition” that form should follow function. Having said that, architecture which is rooted in utility and performance can also be poetic and transcend the materials from which it is constructed. I aim to solve problems creatively in order to increase efficiency and optimize intangible experience, particularly by using natural and artificial light as key design elements. I define sustainable design as the holistic choreography of various complex components in order create effective, high quality, meaningful spaces.
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SARAH JOHNSON

Architectural Designer, Matt Fajkus Architecture

  • What is your design philosophy? 
  • I believe that architecture is most powerful when it directly and simply responds to the needs of the client and the site. Each project presents a unique opportunity to answer a new set of questions and respond to a particular set of needs. For me, the exciting and fulfilling part of being a designer is in generating a concept that yields a broad overall expression which also reveals that original thought in a variety of nuanced moments. The highly collaborative environment at MF Architecture greatly influences and fosters this philosophy in my work and continues to provide a fertile ground for testing ideas and methods of design.
  • What kind of frames do you usually like to wear? 
  • Warby Parker Tenley in Burgandy Fade; I also like to wear my Wiloughbys in Striped Chestnut.
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CLAY SHORTALL

Clay Shortall Design + Lecturer, University of Texas

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  • What is your design philosophy? 
  • I believe in clean, uncomplicated design that meets the client’s needs fully, and that makes a real contribution to the built environment. My process is firmly rooted in research. I do not believe in simply placing buildings on sites; rather, I take a context-based approach, drawing inspiration from site, program, art, mathematics, and nature. In my ideal project, the client is engaged and excited to work with me to achieve a vision that defies conventional expectations, and pushes design, materials, and quality of execution. And of course, built work is only successful if the user can interact seamlessly with it.
  • What kind of frames do you usually like to wear? 
  • TOMS—I like simple, clean, and bold lines. Living in London, I definitely got a bit of the German eyewear thing in my blood. My wife is Director of Sight Giving for TOMS, so I hacked a pair of TOMS sunglasses and had my prescription lenses put in. They’ve evolved their design a lot in the two years since they launched their eyewear line, and I really believe in what they are doing to promote sustainable, local eye care solutions in the countries where they give.

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Photography by Andrew Chan

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