MYKITA MYLON 3-D PRINTED EYEWEAR RELEASE at Optik PDX
Thursday September 12th 1pm-7pm
Optik PDX is taking eyewear in Oregon to the next level by introducing the wildly innovative and cool new MYLON collection by MYKITA.
MYKITA MYLON isn't just a new brand, it's a completely new way of making eyeglasses. Marking the first evolution in plastic eyewear manufacturing in over five decades, MYKITA MYLON is made with a 3D printing technology called Selective Laser Sintering (SLS). The process involves a CO² laser fusing ultra-fine polyamide powder layer by layer to build the eyeglasses in three-dimensions. The result is a material that is one-third of the weight and more than ten times stronger than traditional eyewear materials. MYLON also looks like nothing else that came before it - textural and matted, the material is deeply saturated in rich colors using dying techniques inspired by the garment industry.
3D printing has also made it possible for MYKITA to design a range of MYLON styles that aren't limited by the typical restraints of eyewear manufacturing, resulting in elegant, dimensional styles that play with the ideas of proportion and tradition. From fresh, reductive takes on classic and retro eyeglasses, to lightweight sunglasses inspired by nineteen-forties aviators and nineteen-seventies ski goggles, to chic shields that look to the future, the MYKITA MYLON collection melds form and function, tradition and innovation, simplicity and luxury.
The development of MYKITA MYLON began in 2007 when MYKITA started experimenting with the polyamide material, aiming to pioneer it in the production of eyewear. Polyamide is a surgical-grade plastic that is also used to make everything from artificial hearts to detail components for luxury car brands. Several years of research resulted in the complex, internationally patented process through which the raw surface of the material is prepared and rendered wearable in a series of stages, giving the frames a unique visual and tactile feel. The manufacturing process for MYLON has since won MYKITA recognition in the form of the 2011 iF international material design award.
All MYKITA MYLON frames are designed and hand assembled at MYKITA HAUS in Berlin, Germany.
Thursday, September 12th, from 1-7pm,
Optik PDX will throwing a party for the release of MYKITA MYLON collection.
BEER by Widmer Brewing, ART by Doug Rhodes, PHOTOBOOTH from Stumptown Photobooth, and check out our #instagramphotocontest to win a free pair of MYKITA MYLON!