Custom Spectacles Craftsman From Chicago Re-Invents The Frame With Light-Reflecting Eyewear

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Since 2005, Scott Urban has been creating bespoke wooden eyeglasses for clients all over the world. Now, his latest mission is to make eyewear shine — literally. He is calling them Reflectacles and they work by borrowing the same highly reflective technology used on road signs. Reflectacles improve night visibility for bicyclists and pedestrians, while they also provide facial-privacy from the highly invasive camera-phone culture. If his past work is any indication, Reflectacles will be made with the highest attention to detail. I would know; I own a pair of Scott’s expertly crafted wood spectacles.

I first met Scott back in 2006 at a DIY craft fair in Chicago. While most of the vendors had a tented space with neat little displays, Scott showcased his beautifully hand carved wooden specs on a suspended bicycle which he had converted into a table. And he wasn’t selling anything; he was just spreading the word on his newest creations. I took a liking to the kid (at the time) and I have been following his work ever since. Throughout the years, Scott has always maintained his Do-Everything-Yourself mentality, and he is bringing this same approach to Reflectacles.

More Info: Reflectacles, Urban Spectacles (h/t: Boingboing)


“People in eight cities have stopped me on the street to ask where they could get their own pair, and they were the hit of the playa at Burning Man this year — they turned out especially great in the dark, catching the ambient light of the art cars and the flashes on peoples’ cameras.” – Cory Doctorow (via BoingBoing)


I first reached out to Scott Urban four years ago to have my own pair of his custom work. He invited me into his workshop where he lives with his dog and has amassed a large collection of well designed objects from thrift stores and garage sales. I mean, he had stacks of Eames chairs that it seemed he preferred to study rather than sit in. He pulled out calipers to measure my facial features, showed me many different wood options and he wanted to feel me out over a beer to assess my personal style. After many rounds of design options and a few months later, I was wearing his impeccably crafted eyewear and still do to the day.

“Afnan”, Hand Carved Ebony Macassar, 2014

“Amber”, Applied Baltic Amber to Verawood, 2015.

“Dots”, Ebony Gaboon with Olivewood insets. 2013.

“Snake Mills”, Snakewood, 2013. (The specs I wear)

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The Borough Table

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The Borough Table by TDD combines the self supporting functionality of a traditional saw horse with interlocking joinery and premium hand picked hardwoods.












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Jungle Custom Hand Engraved Lighters by Rocco Malatesta

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Whether out in the jungle or starting a camp fire, it’s no secret that lighters are a good companion. Rocco Malatesta hand engraved Zippo lighters are designed and engraved by hand and limited to one piece.





SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/09/jungle-custom-hand-engraved-lighters-by-rocco-malatesta/

The Rigel Noir Bow tie

Plastic modern fashion solid Black bow tie accessory with perfume for men and women customize your lip balm


Boring is so yesterday. Actually, it was ten minutes ago in that office meeting about paper recycling, but let’s not split hairs.


The point is, you need a little excitement in your day, and what better place to start than with your wardrobe?


This plastic piece of neckwear from Tiemension, is modeled after the classic bowtie but has been modernized with lasting durability and an easy attachment.


The entire bow tie is, even customizable, re -usable and refillable, even the lip balm, perfume and cologne inside, that you choose making this Bow tie a true statement of eco luxury.

SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/the-rigel-noir-bow-tie/

A Modern Mirror Neck Tie

A modern mirror neck tie, with a glassy surface that clips on to your shirt


This Tiemension Mirror Neck tie is Pure Beauty. Run your finger along this smooth mirror like surface with it’s seductive looks, no one is immune to its attraction.


It’s called the Mirage, and for good reason, just imagine walking down the street and your world is reflected in this classic accessory.



SOURCE: http://designyoutrust.com/2015/08/a-modern-mirror-neck-tie/