W-eye by Matteo Ragni for MAWOOD


W-eye by Matteo Ragni for MAWOOD

These wooden spectacle frames have been created by Milan designer Matteo Ragni.

Called W-eye, the reading glasses are made from layers of wood laminated with aluminium.

W-eye by Matteo Ragni for MAWOOD

Intended for use at home when reading or watching television, the design is without hinges.

W-eye by Matteo Ragni for MAWOOD

Ragni developed the product range with Doriano Mattellone of wood research laboratory MAWOOD.

W-eye by Matteo Ragni for MAWOOD

The spectacles are produced in ebony, zebrano, mohagany, cherry, ash and walnut.

W-eye by Matteo Ragni for MAWOOD

The information that follows is from MAWOOD:

Wood to wear

W-eye represents more than just well designed spectacles, it reflects a tale of encounter. Wood, passion, craftsmanship, attention, research and integrity.

W-eye is born from the expert hands of Doriano Mattellone in the MA-wood laboratory, surrounded by the luscious green forests of Friuli, and from the pencil of industrial designer and researcher Matteo Ragni, winner of the prestigious prize “Compasso d’Oro”. This encounter between those who touch, transform and craft the material and those who pursue innovation, each pushing the boundaries in order to transcend convention, has given birth to a collection of indoor spectacles.

Technique and research are crucial characteristics of all aspects of the collection: two thin, but resistant aluminium foils, together with multi-layered wood in 6 different forms, represent the soul of these spectacles, giving them flexibility, strength and lightness. Every W-eye pair of spectacles is hand crafted with care and passion, giving them seamless sensibility at the touch. Being hinge free, with high malleability of the arms, a technical choice is reflected that contributes to the even assimilation of the weight of the spectacles and their even redistribution between the nose and the sides of the face. All this guarantees perfect vision and makes them a pleasure to wear.

Designed as a response to the demands of ‘close reading’, the collection explores the use of indoor spectacles in the private environment and the relationship to outdoor spectacles for everyday and varying daily scenarios.
Although wood and aluminium are intrinsically contrasting materials with distinctive souls, like the creators of W-eye, they reflect an encounter between two different souls with di- verse visions who work together to generate an entirely new perspective.

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Posted on Thursday September 30th 2010 at 5:46 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • absolute perfection. My latest passion has been wood rings and earrings. I have always wanted glasses… think they are sexy on women. I do believe it is time to get my eyes checked. Love them.

  • Tom

    Pleaseeee… for what? Who is gonna wear those glasses, shop window dummies?
    And what about the design, these are just copies of absolutely "normal" existing glasses… no way

  • lizzy

    Don't understand the meaning of this…why design has to be so useless? How can u carry them if they are not foldable?!?

    • White

      I do not think that the quality of a design proyect nowadays has to be related only with form and function parameters

      • manu

        If it can't be related to form and function, then what else?

  • Walter M.

    umm…is the lence hot glued to the back after purchase?

  • Wolf

    i like the link-less frame, but they don’t come close to the wooden Rolf spectacles


  • Andrea JVLT

    I WOOD like to have one pair. Great!

  • Chris

    Rolf Spectacles…the one and only real wood spectacles!! http://www.rolf-spectacles.com/

  • yuri

    Can you use a hotbox to adjust these and keep the temples in adjusted position? Since no human face is perfectly symmetrical this design seems a bit impractical …

    • Wumi

      I completely agree with you Yuri. I love the idea of wooden spectacles, wood is a beautiful medium.
      It would be more practical is the specs were designed and produced specifically for the person purchasing them. Then there wouldn't be any need for adjustments to fit the face.

      • white

        The aluminium inside the spectacles enable them to be malleable adjust to the face of the person who wear them. They are a perfect balance between lightness and resistant. Without a first hand experience is difficult to explain the sensation the produce touching them

        • yuri

          i see, so these are essentially metal frames with decorative wood laminates. lack of nose pads on the frame also means it won't fit the typical asian face. Wood frames are the big trend right now, but plastics and tortoise shells are still the best, imho :)

  • joe berlin

    did this guy even google up "wooden glasses" before designing one?

  • Luke James

    Yeah timber is a great finish, but at point of purchase the product has to be functional.

  • Eric

    Where do we buy?

  • juki

    I have been wearing glasses for 30 years –> do the designers actually consider how wood would hold up against dirt/grease from a human face, wear-n-tear/accidentally dropping the frame on the floor, all the basic due deligence of product manufacturing 101? cannot imagine wood would be comforatble sitting on a human face or how wood will hold up against all the elements and abuses. I tried out some rolf wood spectacles in hk, while they seem cool, they seem very fragile and won't stad up to any minor abuse. worst of all, you cannot really adjust them. you are just buying it for fashion purposes. Like on of the earlier commenters said, the design is 'useless' imho. too much fad and too littke practicality unless i am proven wrong :)

  • lind

    Great insight Juki. I have been wearing glasses for 30+ years as well, the 1st thing that comes to mind when I see these frames are: how do they stand up against facial grease & dirt + what happens when they are dropped.
    A year ago I saw some other wooden frames in a hk spectacle store, when I revisited the store just last month they told me they don't carry wood frames anymore due to 'quality issues'.
    Good design effort but falls short on practicality, definitely a 'fashion' item.