Back to Best of Britannia and I hope that you enjoyed our previous post about Jessica de Lotz, and here’s another British creative innovator that we think you should be looking out for (no pun intended…). Allow us to introduce you to Fan Optics, the passion project of design duo, Sarah Coburn (graphic designer) and Guillaume Furminger (product designer).
Fan was founded in 2010. Sarah and Guillaume discovered an almost abandoned British glasses manufacturer and set about reviving it’s fortunes, embracing the hand-making skills of the remaining few staff, hand in hand with Sarah and Guillaume’s aesthetic sensibilities and desire to create frames that are both well designed, relevant yet also instilled with a certain longevity that comes when products are made with care and attention to every detail. Fan use high quality Italian acetate to create their frames, but from vintage or ‘end-of-line’ stocks which ensures that each colour or finish of frame is only one of a limited edition run.
It was a delight to meet Sarah and Guillaume, and gain a brief insight into the passion they have for well designed, considerately produced, functional yet aesthetically pleasing glasses, especially as a proud specs wearer myself. If you’d like to have a try on yourself, here’s a list of their stockists.