Hugues Stories : Xavier Christin, « créateur lunetier » and founder of the Ecole des M.O.F. Lunetiers.
Xavier Christin, designer himself, is the master mind behind the school « Ecole des M.O.F. Lunetiers » in France where he teaches to young designers the shaping of natural materials into frames, shades and any optical devices.
The Hugues is absolutely in love with this academy for talented designers willing to start a career in eyewear fashion. We met Xavier to discover more about the concept of the school he founded.
H. Xavier what is required to become a "lunetier"?
To become a good « lunetier » (eyewear designer), you have to be creative, technical and innovative at the same time. It is necessary to be attentive to the requests of the customers and to solve the difficulties related to the equipment taking into account the particular morphologies of a face.
H. What is the school typical path for a student ?
Each student comes with a different background and for a different reason. To quote a few: we had a Lebanese monk specialized in art stained-glass windows, a shoe designer, a lunetière production manager interested in the production of frames in natural materials... But most often they are mainly opticians, preferring a tailor-made approach to clients, and who have the concern to enhance their profession by offering the creative service directly to the final customers.
H. What does the school offer to the students ?
Our teachers have all obtained the prestigious title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France in eyewear. We all come from different backgrounds. Some come from the design industry, others from mechanics or eyewear optics. We have been all practicing our passion as designer, creators, prototypists in major brands of French eyewear or as optician lunetier.
To learn more about each of the trainers, we invite you to consult their presentation on our website.
We also organize sessions entirely translated into English by Andrew Rynne, a professional translator passionate about the bezel and its history.
H. And to close our usual question: the corner of your city you love most
During school days, we usually have lunch with the trainees. As we only have one hour, we enjoy spending some time at the bar / brasserie Le Kiosque in Morez. It's right next door, the service is fast and it's good. It is a bit the cafe / bar / restaurant of the artisans lunetiers of Morez!
H. Your favourite holiday destination
In France, it's skiing !! It is my second passion after the glasses, the mountain helps me to escape and the snow to instill me new ideas. If I were to quote a country, it would be Norway for its great wild spaces between sea and mountains, plains and glaciers...
H. And the Book everyone should read
I have a great respect for Monsieur Marly who before being a collector was a renowned creator. I had a few years ago the chance to correspond with him when he was already very old. I keep his letters as reference documents. In life, our peers are important to know where we come from, to orient ourselves and progress.
Xavier Christin is wearing a zebu horn frame of his creation.
All photos by Vincent Muller (portraits) and M.O.F. Lunetiers. (school photos)