Herrlicht Wood Glasses

German craftsmanship meets Japanese technique for the most impeccable wooden glasses yet

Shedding the chrome-cast cliché of futuristic style, many designers have turned to creating modern products from natural materials. A mix of high-tech techniques with artisan hand-craft has resulted in creative twists ranging from leather iPhone backs to flax bicycles. Always a medium for innovation, eyeglass frames have seen an explosion of materials both simple and complex. There’s something wonderfully tactile with wood frames, and recent …

Oji & Design

Form and function meet in a Japanese architect's beautifully understated housewares

Japanese designer Oji Masanori makes everyday living more comfortable, designing a range of objects in various materials that are as refined as they are functional. Graduating with degree in architecture, Masanori seemingly applies those tactics to building small objects, starting with the foundation and allowing the beauty of its shape to lead the design. His studio, Oji & Design, works with Japan’s preeminent manufacturers to …