CORBS is a family of frames that has a very strong look, but the look is only a small part of the story. The main story of CORBS is a new hinge idea.
We wanted to make a hinge that worked differently to the usual pin and socket hinge because sometimes the pins come loose and get lost. We thought that a one-piece frame gave us the chance to have no pin at all
So we spent some time looking at the vertebrae in animals and we created a hinge idea that was flat on the inside but slatted on the outside so that the arms could bend inwards without bending outwards.
When you have an innovation like this, it is important that you let it be the main innovation so that is why it felt right to put it on a frame shape that was a little less new and a little more generic.
We chose the Corbs shape, from Le Corbusier, although of course we could not resist paraphrasing a little, and tweaking it a little. The lenses are actually at the back of the frame, drawing more attention to the substantial single piece form.
The CORBS are produced in three versions.
A bi-injected model with a hard nylon exterior and soft rubber interior skin
A special edition acetate version sculpted from laminated and solid blocks.
The effect is that the coloured layers run vertically down arms of the frames, as if they are deliberately marking out the slats of the vertebrae.
The frame called Angel is the first in the line created to take advantage of one of today’s most advanced production processes. It is a one-piece, one-material, monolithic creature, with gill-like sides which allow the arms to hinge inwards freely but restrict them from opening outwards beyond the perfect width and perfect pressure for the head.