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20 EIGHT Design launches retail version of its award-winning concrete sunglasses


20 EIGHT is launching their first commercially available pair of concrete sunglasses. The production run on the current design will be limited to 1,000 units each handcrafted and individually numbered. Each pair can be customised to reflect the wearers’ individual needs (i.e.: prescription lenses, frame colour and frame material).

Background on project

The CS project is the latest concept design for 20 EIGHT by architect Handre de la Rey. The piece explores the possibility of creating a pair of ultra-thin sunglasses that push the perceived boundaries of cement-based products.

Handre de la Rey's proof of concept was entered into the 2017 PPC Imaginarium Awards and won first place in the Industrial Design Category.

Inspiration for the design comes from the work of Japanese architect Tadao Ando. His use of bold geometry, clean proportions and concrete informed the design process.

PPC Imaginarium

About the studio

Design principles in the 20 EIGHT studio is an illicit relationship of fundamental thoughts driven by a collaborative force of functionalism, idealism and passion. As an architect duo, their core prerogative is to manipulate the norm into the impossible; exposing the boundaries of design as the essence of our creative catalysts.

The international success of the team's introductory product range accelerated their prime vision sanctioning them to promote 20 EIGHT as a multifaceted design studio cultivated in fields of architecture, industrial design and product design.

The expanding desire of integrated design morphed them into a new chapter, allowing them to pursue finer contests; enticing their vision; leaving their mark; and above all promoting the power of design.

Image by: Merwelene Van Der Merwe 

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