Design isn't just about grand gesture, it can also be about the little things that we touch and use everyday. These things can help us and give pleasure too.
Having spent the last few years knuckling down to build our design portfolio, this year is set to be no different, but we are determined to look after ourselves better. Cue bold new glasses brand, Kite stage left. They got in touch with us to try out their bespoke designer glasses.
As you can imagine, we spend lots of time in front of the computer and our eyes are our money makers so we thought why not give them an MOT with the added bonus of a beautiful new pair of accessories - should we need them.
Thinking about it, had we not been prompted, we probably wouldn't have gone for an eye test and hadn't been for one in the last ten years. Oops. You?
Founded in 2014, with an ambition to wipe the slate clean on eye health with a selection of fresh glasses that they describe as 'playful works of engineering'. Kite is all about redefining how we look after our eyes and the way we look as we do it. With all their designs priced at £150 there is a focus on good design for all and every style is catered to, with a vast amount of options in finest acetate or aluminium. Handcrafted in Italy, with German lenses of the highest quality and endless customisable options. You really can have a lot of fun trying them all out.
Our 'eye guru', Nathan was a particular treat. So helpful and relaxed, it felt as if he truly cared and loved what he did. A rarity it seems in so many showrooms nowadays. In truth, we were both a little nervous of the tests, since it had been so long, but Nathan put us at ease and made the whole experience a great laugh.
We ended up opting for 'his and his' Dean (the name of the shape) in Blue Havana and Matt Camo. And we love them. They are a pleasure to wear. We feel set up to face the year ahead.
You've got to love a young start-up business with such an inquisitive nature and open, approachable manner. They are pushing boundaries but never boastful or aloof. They want to bring good science, eye health and design together.
Sometimes good design is about delivering something that you didn't even know you needed and doing it in style – Kite do this effortlessly.