I often find myself repeating that 3D printing technologies are, not made to replicate what exists, but rather to make things that don’t exist yet. Which things? That is for the designers to figure out. One thing, though, is for sure: often times, when designers create things that do not exist, those things look strange to us. That is definitely the case for the Biz Eyes line of 3D printed eyewear by Iranian-born designer Nasim Sehat.
I covered Nasim’s collection when it first went from a Bechance concept to an actual product through the “magic” of 3D printing, which gives any creative mind the possibility to turn their creation, as unique and “far out” as it may be, into a commercial product.
With the new collections, Cream on Chrome and Genesis, Nasim has pushed her imagination even farther along her path “designing with an abstract notion of fashion. A notion derived from popular culture, from music and comic books, from villains and superheroes.” The goal of her designs is to enable those who wear them to fully express their own individuality in a “daring and cosmopolitan way”.
Each 3D printed design can be replaced simply by turning them 25 degrees and screwing another pair onto the base Biz Eye 3D printed frame, which is made of transparent, photopolymer resin. All designs are dyed, assembled, and hand-finished in Nasim’s Shanghai studio.
The base frame is available for $95, while the spectacles go from $35 for the black and white resin prints, in the Cream on Chrome collection, to $120 for the most complex, coloured prints, in the Genesis collection. They seem ideal for a rave of even a night in an underground club in a global capital like London, New York or Nasim’s own Shanghai. Club clothing has always been expensive, as is anything that aims to be truly unique. I don’t think 3D printing is likely to ever change that, it will just make it even more unique.