Projects | LARKE x DARKROOM Eyewear Series May 23, 2014

LARKE optics and DARKROOM present a debut collaborative collection of unisex sunglasses for summer 2014. The series marries LARKE’s handcrafted approach and fastidious finishing with Darkroom’s singularly bold, graphic aesthetic.

A strict monochrome palette has been chosen to emphasise Darkroom’s fascination with materials, surfaces and finishes used in architecture and furniture design. Audaciously patterned Italian acetates have been hand-selected to cleverly mimic the look of marble, terrazzo, mosaic and resin. These formidable materials are playfully reappropriated and condensed into two signature LARKE shapes: Veda, a bold circular frame, and Gill, a thick-rimmed frame with a distinctive keyhole shape.

Emerging from a shared ethos that foregrounds design experimentation, artisanship and attention to detail, this limited edition eyewear series boasts angled hand milling techniques. The use of premium Zeiss solar protection lenses and exclusive Italian materials has resulted in a refined edit of graphic, handmade eyewear.

LARKE x DARKROOM present their limited edition eyewear collaboration as part of a specially designed window installation at Darkroom’s central London boutique from Thursday 22 May 2014.

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Press | Vogue.co.uk May 8, 2014
Larke Optics Eyewear Elton John Bespoke Sunglasses

Sir Elton John featured on Vogue.co.uk wearing bespoke handmade frames designed by LARKE’s creative director, especially for his highly anticipated private performance at London’s iconic Battersea Power Station.

Press | Elle Denmark May 2, 2014
Larke Optics Elle Denmark Press Feature Editorial

Elle Denmark selected Matt Safari GILL sunglasses [top right] for their May issue edit of must have ‘Cool Shades’ for the upcoming summer 2014 season.