Haffmans & Neumeister debuts with Line collection: Deliberate limitations to what is essential creates a characterful interplay with the personality of the wearer.
German brand Haffmans & Neumeister launches a collection reverberating with historical allusions. This inaugural collection follows a strict design concept that tracks the evolution of glasses back to the Mitochondrial Eve of Eyewear—the simple round lens in its round frame. Designers Philipp Haffmans and Stefan Becker retrace these evolutionary steps forward, pinpointing the metamorphosis of each iconic shape.
What makes an iconic shape?
Is an iconic shape a lens shape or a frame shape? And what if the two are not the same? “Shapes morph and dance in and out of each other throughout the decades,” explains Haffmans, “influenced by technology, fads, or socio-economic upheavals. We settled on six pillars of eyewear: round, oval, aviator, cat-eye, and square. Like primary colours, all other shapes are born from these, whether in slight modification or as hybrids.”
With frame designs that nod to their past incarnations, the Line collection has a cheeky quality of disguisement, a way of leaning into those characteristics that define each foundational shape. The goal is to play with these identities, reinterpreting the old for the now. At the same time, working strictly with flat stainless steel, these iconic shapes—transformed from sculptural 3D to the refined lines of 2D—become understated, even elegant. They are the iterations of eyewear in its most stripped down and essential elements.
The concept is about playing dress-up in the most sophisticated way possible. The Line collection is Haffmans & Neumeister’s foundation collection; it is the first step in a curated anthology of eyewear history. The name, Line, stands for the line or thread that connects all eyewear shapes together, like a family tree. At the same time it represents the simple act of drawing the shape of a lens, of a frame, of the beginning of the design process itself.
Frames are made from 0.5mm thin sheets of stain- less steel, laser cut into three pieces: one frame front and two temples. Frames are then coated with PVD and precious metals, hand bent, assembled, and finished in Berlin, Germany.
Twenty-three models representing the six foundational shapes will be presented in five frame colours. Frames are available both with finishings and without. Models with finishings feature acetate nose pads and temple tips in accenting colours such as dark green, brown, or havana. The ultimate in refinement, pure metal models are distinguished with their unadulterated lines.