We recently visited award-winning eyewear designer Lucas de Staël’s very first eyewear boutique, which he opened in the Marais district of Paris in January of this year, and we just had to share the experience with you! In collaboration with architect Nicolas Omet, de Staël created a space in the where oak, steel and leather – Staël’s trademark frame material — play off each other and interact with the eyewear on display.
The modular wall on the right features 900 magnets – evoking the design of de Staël’s famous “Le Trinocle” accessory that uses a magnet to allow for different combinations of a binocle, a mirror and a magnifying glass. Arrayed in an industrial monochrome pattern, the magnets allow for an infinite variety of arrangements of the metal shelves that showcase some of the eyewear.
In other portions of the shop, eyeglasses are suspended on netting affixed to a brick wall and seem to be suspended in mid-air (thanks to invisible plastic holders) against a backlit white wall. A plant conservatory adds a natural aura of soft beauty and relaxation to the experience.
Pendant lamps with cow-leather shades, made in de Staël’s workshop, provide soft, focused illumination and are available for sale. Likewise, his sleek oak and steel storage drawer cabinets and “schoolboy chairs” are available for purchase.
Providence Optical has proudly carried de Staël’s Undostrial and LDS lines since their inception. Come try on some of this century’s finest innovation in eyewear!