Theo eye-witness, a brainteaser!

eye-witness, a brainteaser!

theo likes to look at things from a different perspective. That’s how to spark creativity and keep your outlook fresh. In their everyday work, designers, architects and artists are constantly in contact with the literal version of ‘perspective’ or ‘representing depth in a painting or drawing’. By drawing an object on paper in perspective, you can create an illusion of volume. theo interpreted a drawing of a pair of glasses quite literally, added a whiff of magic, and voilà, the latest eye-witness collection was born. An optical illusion like nothing you’ve ever seen before.

Eye-witness is theo’s playground. For both designer and wearer. Anything goes, no rules, no preconceived notions. That’s why they are not always the easiest frames to make, or to wear. It often starts with a long design process followed by an even longer production process. But that’s the whole challenge: defining and pushing the boundaries. And that’s exactly what the 5 new eye-witness models do.

3D in 2D
Our brains can be tricked to perceive a 2D drawing as a volume. We’re doing the same thing in this eye-witness series. Instead of giving the frames a certain thickness, the volume is created by simply outlining the front and back of the frames in lines, without ‘colouring it in’. Just like in a perspective drawing.


The 2 contour lines are always in different colours. theo combines a basic colour with its shadow colour. This results in a usually subtle, but occasionally intense contrast. Each model is available in  8 colour combos.


‘Sight’ happens automatically, but ‘insight’ takes effort. Eye-witness should never be too straightforward.  After all, eye-witness wearers don’t exactly live their lives on automatic pilot.

The Ropes by Theo


Being a bargee’s child, theo designer Serge Bracké found his inspiration in his youth, on his parents’ boat where there’s never a shortage of ropes. Serge took two pieces of rope and formed a pair of glasses. The 2 pieces hold 2 lenses together. And by means of chemical engraving and laser cutting we made it happen. The frames are made of stainless steel, in order to offer the perfect balance between strength and flexibility.

Theo Cable

Theo Cord

theo LIne

Theo Nawa

Theo Rope

Theo String

theo Tow

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Theo By James

James surprises once again with one wire James Van Vossel is not a designer that your invariably see sitting at a computer working on all kinds of complicated programmes. He is a doer. He prefers to retreat into his atelier where he spends hours experimenting with shapes and materials. He departs from a basic idea and he tries to give this idea shape in his atelier, without making extensive drawings in advance and calculating whether it is possible. No, according to James that only stifles his creativity. The result is never obvious and always surprising. This can also be said of the second collection that he devised for theo.

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One wire Does one metal wire suffice to give shape to glasses? This was the challenge James gave himself. After numerous experiments he went to theo. The idea was appreciated, but the execution needed improving. That’s why theo took control of the design and made the glasses comfortable too by adding nose pads. James 3 and James 4 The round titanium wire runs along the top of the glasses and crosses over the bridge of the nose. James 3 has square lenses with rounded off corners and James 4 has round lenses. Both models are available in six colours.

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