The Spectacled

Get to Know: Veronika Wildgruber

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What do you do when you’ve been immersed in product design and fashion for most of your life and you’re looking to push the envelope of your creativity? If you’re Veronika Wildgruber, you channel your artistic spirit into eyewear!

With a background in interior design, and collaborations with everyone from Ligne Roset to Hermes (where she designs their silk scarves), the German-born Wildgruber has a keen eye for fresh, joyful and unique pieces – attributes that were on full display for her first eyewear collection in 2010. That collection received critical acclaim, with Wildgruber being awarded with the prestigious SILMO d`Or.

Her latest collection is titled “INTERSPACES,” and is characterised by colour and material combinations, changing surfaces and double interpretations. Metal and acetate push and pull in new and novel ways, while the shading of colours and transparency add another interplay of moods and juxtaposition.

Veronika Wildgruber - "EMPTY"

Veronika Wildgruber – “EMPTY”

We love the “EMPTY,” a circular, cut-out frame made from metal, and released in a beautiful mauve tone. The shape is futuristic yet strangely warm and bookish at the same time. The rich hues add a touch of flair and femininity to the overall look. Wildgruber says she wanted to use metal in an unexpected way. “The empty space is defining the shape,” she says, “and also makes the glasses filigree and lightweight.”

Veronika Wildgruber - "MOBY"

Veronika Wildgruber – “MOBY”

The “MOBY” frame, meantime, features contrasting colours and materials at the temples, offering up a new design that we haven’t seen before. Incorporating retro elements and perhaps paying homage to the cat-eye shape, Wildgruber keeps the silhouette simple, allowing the mix of materials to speak for itself. These are glasses for the strong and sophisticated woman; a modern-day superhero who can act subtle but also isn’t afraid to take control.

Veronika Wildgruber - "TOPAS"

Veronika Wildgruber – “TOPAS”

Our favourite though, is the “TOPAS.” We literally gasped when we saw the “TOPAS” frame up close. Made from a hand-crafted acetate, the glasses are strong and passionate, with a beautiful swept tortoiseshell paired with a fiery red colour. Thick bars along the brow line are combined with thin circles, creating harmonic contrasts. This is a bold look that’s truly inspired. It’s designed for eyewear enthusiasts who want to wear something that makes a statement not only because of size, but because of its artistic properties as well.

Wildrguber describes her work as “simple and surprising,” two words that are contrasts in and of themselves. With an eye for glamourously cool and edgy styles, we can’t wait to see what Wildgruber brings to the table next.

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