Stone Blind and Qanah by Sruli Recht


Stone Blind by Sriuli Recht

Reykjavik fashion designer Sruli Recht has designed a limited-edition white larch cane and hand-cut Carrara marble eyeshades for the blind.

Stone Blind by Sriuli Recht

The cane is bleached in the sun, hand-carved and tipped with rubber, while the eyeshade frames are made of hand-carved cherry wood.

Stone Blind by Sriuli Recht

Each accessory is made in an edition of five pieces as part of Recht's Spring/Summer 2011 collection called Cast By Shadows.

Stone Blind by Sriuli Recht

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Stone Blind by Sriuli Recht

Photographs are by Marinó Thorlacius.

Here is some more information and a poem from Recht:

Limited Non-Products from the new collection of Sruli Recht for Spring and Summer 2011, Cast By Shadows.


SR302 - Qanah - Beam of Balance: is an aerodynamic hand carved white cane for the visualy impaired, shapped as the wing struts of the early aircrafts. Made from Larch, the cane is sun bleached, rubbed down with black horse hide, and tipped with rubber.
Edition of 5

Stone Blind by Sriuli Recht

SR303 - Stone Blind: is a pair of frames for the visually impaired, hand carved and bent from Cherry wood with hand cut Carera marble lenses.
Edition of 5

Stone Blind by Sriuli Recht

The man who heard it all, everything... when it happened

He knew the sound of anything hitting the floor

He could tell you exactly what had fallen
from anywhere, and to the ground.
With his ears, he could hear the specific sound of every object in the world, and the impact it made, in its termal dance with gravity and the Earth
A pen, a coin, or your heart. If it could fall, he could tell you what it was.

And he would always find something in that exact moment it was lost… but never in the minutes there after, nor the second before.

For everyone has lost something they once had.
Once held in regard, and now supported by a surface

He swore:
“what I hear, is what I heard.
Always after, and never before.

Photographer: Marinó Thorlacius
Model: Helgi Hjörvar
Stylist: Megan Herbert

  • Adarsha

    Though the cane looks fine, the shades look sarcastic. Do you plan to design, earphones for the deaf and microphones for the dumb, after this??

    • Vanessa

      I don't see anything sarchastic about this.

    • gareth

      So cynical.

  • anjali

    Great to see something beautiful made for the blind, instead of the same utilitarian bulky plastic objects.
    This isnt sarcastic at all.

  • How much do the eyeshades weigh?? They might be too uncomfortable, specially since the final users would be wearing them all the time :-/

  • Jon K

    Beautiful to the touch and ambiguous to the eye. These are like objects from a world without light; nicely played.

  • felix

    This design poses an interesting question; what fashion opportunities do blind people have since they can cover their eyes?

    But it's answer is stupid: their glasses can be opaque!

    Yes, but so much more.

    Makes me think of Aimee Mullins

  • Tom Ford

    The cane design has nothing to do with the needs of the blind – they don't need an "aerodynamic" cane to look good as the photo so naively suggests but as an important mobility tool or for physical support. The rubber tip is useless for surface feel as rubber increases friction and there is no ergonomic handle for support. The goggles do nothing for double-light shadow vision and would get dirty after a few days.
    Dieter Rams would be appalled at this pretentious fashion accessory that does not address any of the real needs of blind people.

    • jeff K

      Well Tom Ford, you are making the assumption that everything for blind people has to be practical/logical. People without disabilities buy fun fashion items every day that defy all logic becuase they want to have fun. How many times do see people wearing sunglasses in clubs?
      There is a tyrannical assumption that design for the disabled has to be so driven by practicality. People with disabilities also need the choice to have fun sometimes. It is unfair to assume that blind people wouldn't want the option of a 'pretentious fashion accessory'. To look cool even if it isn't completely practical. Why not? People with sight do all the time!
      Having choice is the most important thing, and this type of design at least brings more of that.

      • ddss

        i do totally agree. design for blind people should be pleasurable for the other senses and not just functional. I loved this project for the blinds some years ago:

      • Tom Ford

        Dear jeff K – while your attitude towards design is driven purely by the aesthetics of advertising-induced irrational consumerist choices (sunglasses at night), my concern here is for the end-user.

        For someone with a permanent disability "fun" is secondary to their day-to-day functioning – the notion of fun comes after one achieves a basic level of comfort, mobility or relief from pain. A person without disabilities is not conscious of this until there is something temporarily wrong (eg. it's pretty hard to have fun with a severe headache, no?).

        There are many types of "blindness" with various degrees of disability and discomfort from such things as bright light sources. Not all blind people require dark glasses or a cane. For those who do, two lumps of marble on their face or an ergonomically useless (yet stylish) cane is not fun but a problem. Try to give someone needing a prosthetic limb a fashionable but otherwise useless stump and see how much "fun" they get from it.

        Good design takes such basic functions into consideration. Without it, there is just an empty fashion statement that only works on a model in a carefully staged photo shoot.

    • felix

      Good comment.

      What is 'double-light shadow vision'?

  • Hercule Poirot

    The beautiful pictures remind me of a painting by Pieter Brueghel the Elder : the Parable of the Blind leading the blind (1568). Even the cane looks like if it was designed by the artist. Check it out !

  • kant

    Why a "limited" production? World has so much blind human beings…

  • Michael Swanson

    Screw Iceland, what’s coming out of Greenland?