by Jamie Bartlett 4 min read

Amber spectacles resting on wooden glasses holder

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Warm. Tactile. Organic.

All the things we love about wooden homewares.

Since the beginning of human-kind, we’ve always had a fondness for timber artefacts. It’s no coincidence, especially when trees cover about 30% of our earth.

But get this…

Spectacles made from colourful acetate are actually made from wood pulp too. This is because tree-bark contains this organic compound called cellulose, at high levels of 50%.

For spectacle makers like us, wood plays a pretty large role in our lives. Especially since the introduction of our minimal wooden glasses holder.

Wooden glasses holder with grey spectacle frame

 

The details

  • £45
  • FSC certified
  • 12mm birch laminate
  • Compostable vacuum packaging
  • Flat pack, self-assembly
  • Made in Glasgow

 

Two grey glasses on two wooden glasses holders

 

The benefits of birch

To make our minimal upright spectacle holder, we wanted to create an understated form which could integrate with a contemporary environment.

Furthermore, we wanted to create simple components which could be easily shipped without the fear of breaking or being overly bulky or heavy.

Which is why we opted for a high-quality, FSC, 12mm birch laminate. It was the best option to avoid warping or splintering thanks to the cross-laminate construction. Furthermore, birch has a fine, pale grain which makes it very consistent in terms of surface finish.

Properties

  • Strong & stable
  • Consistent grain
  • Unlikely to warp
  • Won’t scratch spectacles
  • Furniture friendly (soft)
  • Sustainable

 

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Black circle glasses on wooden glasses holder

 

Why not just use a glasses case?

Using a hard-case for your glasses is one of the best ways of protecting your glasses.

Even better, you could have several cases to always have somewhere to keep your glasses frame when you aren’t wearing them.

However…

Taking them in and out can get a little tedious, especially if you aren’t moving around all that much. Working at your desk or on top of your nightstand, a handy podium for your glasses frame is a nice balance between protection and convenience.

In order to achieve this, the wooden glasses holder has a 70mm square base-plate which makes it stable and bottom-heavy. Perfect for bleary-eyed mornings as your reach for your glasses to start your day.

And thanks to the soft birch laminate, it won’t scratch your frame front, bridge or nose pads. Ideal for everyday use, on and off.

Once you decide where you’d like to put your glasses holder, it’ll be there to keep your spectacles away from any clutter, grit or spilt drinks.

8 reasons to use a spectacle holder 

 

Amber eyeglasses resting on wooden glasses holder

 

Protecting your glasses

Your glasses are a crucial part of your life.

Besides helping your vision, they’re integral to your identity. So, it’s pretty important you take good care of them.

Right?

Trouble is, spectacles are one of the most easily misplaced items, not to mention one of the most expensive. According to the data below, the average UK cost for a glasses frame (minus lenses) is £215.

Data collected Sept 2019

Source

Cost range

Average cost

Superdrug

£40 / £70

£55

Specsavers

£25 / £149

£89

Glasses Direct

£20 / £249

£134.50

Vision Express

£39 / £260

£149.50

Boots

£50 / £390

£220

Mister Spex

£39 / £409

£224

Glasses Station

£29 / £605

£317

Frames Direct

£33 / £694

£363.50

Select Specs

£10 / £762

£386

UK average glasses cost

£215

 

After all the consideration and expense, you’ll likely want to keep your glasses in good working condition. Which isn’t easy when you wear them for up to 16 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Depending on your prescription, whether you’re a full time or a part time glasses wearer, your spectacles ideally need to last you until at least your next eye examination.

To do so, there’s various measures you can take to prolong and protect your glasses from daily wear and tear.

  • Use a hard-case/s
  • Regularly clean the lenses with a microfibre cloth
  • Don’t wear them on top of your head
  • Avoid cleaning them with your clothing.
  • Keep them away from hair-spray/cosmetics
  • Avoid hanging them from your clothing
  • Store them on a glasses holder

 

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Brown spectacles in wooden glasses stand on round grey table

 

The back story

Wearing glasses. It’s a full-time job.

And whether you like it or not, once you start wearing them, they become an integral part of your life. They have to work so efficiently but also make you look and feel…like you.

Which is why we felt there a large dis-junction between sophisticated spectacles wearers (that’s you) and the novelty spectacle stands you see online. Looking around, there’s an abundance of nose-shaped or animal-shaped solutions.

Not that refined.

Not particularly minimal.

Instead we wanted to create a simpler, sleeker method of storing your glasses. A wooden glasses holder that you could happily place on your office desk or on your kitchen counter at home.

A way of resting your glasses that doesn’t look like a nose or a moustache...

 

Brown kraft paper vacuum pouch on pink background

 

The packaging

Boy this was fun.

Mainly for two reasons.

Environmentally, the packaging needed to be low-impact. At the same time, it needed to give a great experience when you open it. No easy task when we were adamant to reduce the amount of packaging components to protect the birch-parts within.

Which got us thinking.

How could we use less to gain more?

After several months of research, we were investigating different types of compostable bags. Ones that could eventually decompose in landfill. Looking through the swathes of sizes and options, we found it. There it was.

Compostable ✓

Easy-open ✓

Vacuum-seal ✓

By sending our glasses holder flat-pack, we could use this amazing little bag to keep the components separate from each other but also inside the same space. Pretty exciting, especially after all those months of searching.

Samples were swiftly ordered. We needed to know it could work.

Using the vacuum pump in our workshop, we decompressed the air from the bag to see if it could hold the birch base-plate and the upright in place. Eureka.

 

Packaging & components

  • A4 oxo-degradable bag
  • Vacuum sealed, in-house
  • Adhesive felt pad (for base plate)
  • Birch base-plate
  • Birch upright
  • A4 mailer

 

 

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