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10 Years – 10 Projects

The MYKITA Shop Berlin Mitte celebrates its ten-year anniversary with a retrospective of ten significant design collaborations from the last decade. Join the party and nominate your personal favourite – vote and enter a prize draw to take home the ultimate winning design.
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    “DD01”, 2013, stainless steel, buffalo horn

    Distinguished by a progressive combination of contrasting materials and an openly displayed construction, DD01 is the frame that launched the on-going partnership with fashion designer Damir Doma. Round, millimetre-thin rings of buffalo horn are shaped in a meticulous process and then fitted inside the gold-plated stainless steel rims. The construction of the glasses is deliberately laid bare, creating a radical, futuristic look.

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    “MMDUAL001”, 2014, acetate

    MYKITA launched its first collaboration with the French fashion house in 2014 – a creative partnership that carries on to this day. With the shared objective of redefining eyewear design in a radical fashion, the collaboration models all reflect the shared design approach of the two houses. One form, divided and deconstructed, the panto-shaped MMDUAL001 melds two acetate frames into one. The dual colourway accentuates the concept of two identities.

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    “FRANZ”, 2009, stainless steel

    MYKITA and long-term collaborator Bernhard Willhelm have been making striking eyewear creations together since 2009. With an expansive front and monochrome gold colour concept, sunglass model FRANZ is a reference to downhill skiing and the Austrian gold medallist, Franz Klammer. An ironic take on pop culture is a recurring theme in Willhelm’s designs. How fitting then that FRANZ, discovered by stylist Patricia Field, found global fame perched on the nose of Sarah Jessica Parker in the Sex and The City 2 film.

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    “BETH”, 2012, stainless steel

    BETH is directly inspired from the spontaneous and instinctive sketch delivered by Beth Ditto in her search for the perfect sunglasses. Keeping to the paper cut-like design, MYKITA created a cat-eye model with extravagantly pointed corners customised to the singer’s facial contours.

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    “HAMILTON”, 2010, stainless steel

    Developed with the London-based designer, HAMILTON combines small, round lenses with a strong, straight upper bridge to create a geometric expression. The frame is fashioned entirely from a flat steel sheet, which is given an intricate, three-dimensional shape in multi-step, manual process. The aesthetic blends raw industrialism with a touch of eccentricity.

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    “YURI”, 2010, MYLON

    More headdress than glasses, YURI appears like a piece of eyewear couture from the future. The model was created in collaboration with French fashion designer Romain Kremer, known for his affinity to modern materials and avant-garde design. Made of MYKITA’s proprietary polyamide material MYLON, YURI demonstrates the freedom of eyewear design made possible with 3D technology. In Neon Red, the biomechanical look of YURI takes on a vibrant expression.

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    “ANAI”, 2011, stainless steel

    The original Le Corbusier glasses served as inspiration for ANAI, a unisex model developed with the Brazilian fashion designer. With a dynamic top line, interrupted lower rim, and rounded, subtly elliptic lenses in a monochromatic colour concept, ANAI leaves the historical context to achieve a modern and graphic appearance.

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    “ELEKTRA”, 2012, stainless steel

    An experimental approach to materials, colours and innovative surfaces provides the basis for the collaboration with the Berlin fashion designer. In reference to the textiles and structures of his women’s collection, ELEKTRA features a fine, web-like structure on the stainless steel surface. A strong top line and the teardrop-shaped lenses enclosed in an ultra fine lower rim make the model timeless and modern at once.

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    “CYRUS”, 2011, stainless steel

    In connection with the exhibition “All Access World” at the Deutsche Guggenheim Museum, MYKITA collaborated with NYC-based artist Agathe Snow. The stainless steel concept by MYKITA gives new, modern expression to a retro sunglass shape. Agathe Snow uses the inside of the lenses as a canvas to depict the horizon line made by the pyramids of Giza. The motif, which is only revealed when the glasses are taken off, ensures every frame is a unique piece.

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    “BOB”, 2011, stainless steel

    BOB and the Jet Set were developed with Berlin-based cosmetic brand Uslu Airlines. With a striking double bridge and a Neon Yellow lacquering job, BOB sends strong signals. Part of an uplifting travel combo, BOB is paired with a nail polish in the same shade – SXF is also the airport code for Berlin Schönefeld.

*The prize comprises one frame from the MYKITA Shop Berlin 10 Years Anniversary selection, including shipping to the winner’s address. By entering the promotion, participants agree to be added to MYKITA’s newsletter database. The winner will be selected at random from the registered participants that voted for the winning frame and will be notified via email on 27 June 2017. See extended terms and conditions.

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