“THE LIGHTNESS OF WEIGHT” BUDRI PRESENTS THE REVOLUTIONARY COLLECTION OF MARBLE EYEWEAR
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September 2016 – Budri, the acclaimed Italian company renowned the world over for its original marble craftsmanship, launches its first eyewear line. A tribute to lightness and a pioneering development in the use of marble: this rare, exquisite material becomes a wafer-thin surface, shaped by skilled craftsmanship and fine technologies to form luxury eyewear with a perfect fit. The original, unorthodox idea came about, almost by magic, in August 2011 in the Budri workshops during the production of Nat|f|Use - the collection created in collaboration with the designer Patricia Urquiola. A piece of marble was dropped by accident and the shape of the resulting fragment resembled a pair of glasses. This heralded the start of an increasingly ambitious, bold and sensational challenge: to forge marble into a wearable accessory and to make it technically suited to accommodating plano and corrective lenses. Budri presented the first prototypes early in 2014, making it the precursor of a trend in the eyewear industry, which is increasingly turning its attention to the potential use of unusual, innovative materials. In the same year a devastating earthquake struck the entire district to the north of Modena, delaying the project that had been enthusiastically promoted and supported by Gianmarco Budri. In the months that followed he therefore devoted his energy to rebuilding the company and getting the eyewear project back on track, combining Budri’s outstanding workmanship with the know-how and genius of designer Valerio Cometti, as well as the expertise of some of the biggest names in the eyewear industry. After two years of painstaking research, culminating in the in-house development of a specific production technology, Budri launches the exclusive and revolutionary collection of prescription and sun eyewear created in marble, onyx and semi-precious stones. Each frame is made from a single slab of stone, meticulously selected in the quarry and analysed with the aid of a next-generation scanner in the Budri workshop. The selected portion of marble undergoes a sophisticated milling-cutting process to produce a solid convex piece, from which the shape of the glasses frame is cut. The next phase is the shaping of the front and the temples, which are both assembled on a specially developed carbon fibre core. Once the lens housing has been created and optimised, the production process is completed with a logo applied to temples complete with resin coating, then assembly with high-precision torx screws, traditionally used in high-end watchmaking, and finally a special nanotechnology coating that makes the surface antibacterial and oleophobic. The Budri Eyewear Collection comprises five models whose names are a clear tribute to the art of Italian sculpture and its greatest exponents: Donatello, Bernini, Michelangelo, Canova and Palladio. Proposed in nine varieties of marble from the world’s finest quarries, including Amazonite from Patagonia, Portoro from the gulf of La Spezia and precious Lapis Lazuli from South Africa, the five shapes are available in a sunglasses model and two are also available in a prescription version.
The creations take inspiration from classic, iconic eyewear models: the aviator style, the cat’s-eye model immortalised by ’50s divas, the square model with keyhole bridge, the round shape and the mask model are all creatively reinterpreted in marble. Each model can be uniquely personalised thanks to a range of exclusive finishes – Brillante for a glossy effect, Seta for a matt version and Tempo for an intriguing textured effect – coupled with the Luxury small hardware made in the four nuances of matte black (black PVD), yellow gold, rose gold and platinum.
The sunglasses offering is completed with a distinctive range of lenses of superior optical quality which guarantee outstanding performance, like NXT photochromics and ultra-trendy lenses in multicoloured nylon which pair beautifully with the different shades of marble.
Every Budri Eyewear model encapsulates Italian manufacturing excellence, the precision of the company’s masters of inlay and technological innovation, which characterise production procedures and finishing. A designer object that represents know-how, an age-old art and skill that are so significant as to transcend fashion and trends.