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Shwood treated the reconstituted material like a type of veneer, layering it onto the temples of its signature “Canby” model—in both wooden and cellulose-acetate versions—to give it the structural integrity it needed.
Shwood also produced a limited-edition—and currently sold-out—run of the glasses with newspaper plastered onto the entirety of the frames.
What makes the collection special isn’t just Shwood’s sense of accomplishment, but what the project represents for the firm. “It’s the manifestation of an idea that was willed into existence,” the company says. “And it made for some pretty cool looking glasses, too.”