Lucas de Staël - 30 steps to the purest form of eyewear
In 2006, Lucas de Staël, designer, started Undostrial before launching his eponymous brand in 2012.
The workshop then set up in an old printing factory located in the 19th precinct of Paris, turning this new location into an experimental laboratory, genuine hub for creation and production.
Lucas’ goal is to transform matter into art, to experiment without restraints, in order to materialize the wildest dreams into reality. By combining traditional French know-how with an innovative mindset, the workshop is perpetually redefining, by-passing and pushing the limits and rules of eyewear manufacturing. The mineral, vegetal and animal are reinterpreted and magnified within the workshop. Every single spectacle is structured around high quality surgical stainless steel, covered with a thin layer of titanium. An average of thirty steps is required to produce one frame. Each of the skilled workers can produce three frames a day.
The Hugues met Lucas for a macaron in Paris and discover more about his eyewear production:
H. Who is Lucas de Staël?
I was born in the South of France, in the family castle. At 17 I started my studies at ENSCI Les Ateliers, a school specialized in industrial design located in Paris. Back then, I was already interested in environmental questions and natural materials. However, I didn’t step into three eyewear industry until after my studies; indeed I completed a formative internship at Eye’DC and more importantly, I worked a full year at Face à Face as an industrial designer.
H. How would you define your style?
For the frame I design, I always go with an elegant and refined style, coupled with precious and unique materials such as cow and goat leather, stone, wood and even snake and crocodile skin.
H. Who or what inspires your collections?
Everything around me! For example, the gilded collection was inspired by the gilded cover of a book; For the Nemus and Vivarium collection, that consist of tropical wood essence and exotic skins, my principal inspiration were my travel abroad. I also believe in crossovers between disciplines; so that’s why we’ve been focusing on collaboration lately. We’ve put out the first tattoo frame with the Parisian artist Easy Sacha. We’ve also collaborated with Christine Phung, a Parisian based fashion designer and head of the “Leonard house”.
Of course, the driving force behind my creations, it’s to perpetually look for new materials and to couple those materials with our French know-how and innovative spirit.
H. How important is to choose the right pair of glasses and what are the tricks?
Utterly important; indeed it’s an object that you wear on your face! It’s going to be with you daily for a good part of your life. More than an object, It’s an ornament that will enhance your looks, adding charisma if the frame is well chosen.
H. Materials, quality and design. What else makes a perfect pair of glasses?
I’ll add that to be the perfect spectacle, you got to offer something light, comfortable and unique.
H. Who would you like see wearing your glasses?
H. What comes next for Lucas de Stael?
H. The corner (bar or restaurant) of your city you like most, your favorite holiday destination
I really enjoy le Comptoir General, near the Paris docks. It’s a fantastic place, with a half French, half African atmosphere.
It looks like a cozy botanical garden, spacious, eclectic and self-defined as a “Ghetto Museum”. The décor is always changing, makes me want to travel. You might find curiosity cabinets depending on the day, the furniture has an old school flavour, and the walls are lined with posters of old African movies. The cocktails are awesome, and there’s also a cantina that serves Yassa as well as Bissap.
Brasil would be next holiday destination!
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