Theo Sculpting Out the Perfect Frame

The Constant Collection

Just like a designer of eyewear, a sculptor’s goal is to generate a three-dimensional artistic creation. The beauty of a sculpture is that you can walk around it and from every point of view you see a different artwork. The Theo sculptors are also well worth looking at from different viewpoints. They combine metal with acetate, layer above layer, in order to create depth and volume. But above all to provide the wearer with a luminous pair of glasses that is not afraid to show its true colors.

Theo Loves Desserts

Layer of love (sounds a lot like Labour of love, right?) 

A slice of Mille-Feuille? A helping of Trifle? A heaping spoonful of Tiramisu? Whatever your pleasure, it’s bound to be Parfait. Just dig in…

What makes these sweet indulgences so addictive? It’s the layers. A sure-fire recipe for success. Each one individually is good, but together they create a complexity of flavors that could probably be best described as ‘personality’. And personality is what Theo is all about. Layers are always unexpected, often complex, even erotic, but always oh so human, because after all, is anyone ever really one-dimensional? That’s why you’ll also find layers in our new ‘Desserts’ collection. They reflect the different facets of your individuality and give it a face. From every different angle, they offer a fresh insight and add color to your character.

In this acetate collection, we make the most of the layers and the play of light and color to capture the blending and contrast that make up a character in all its facets.

Aligning Outlines, Theo Loves Eye- Tracing

Outlines and the rise of the glass shape


Let’s go back to the beginning for a moment. Most designers who create eyewear start from their own inspiration and create a frame shape that expresses what they want to get across. The lenses that are necessary for the functionality of the glasses are often an afterthought. They are forced to passively work in the service of whatever the frame shape allows. But at Theo, we see things a little differently. Time for some provocation and intrigued by James Van Vossel, our firebrand agitator.

‘No glasses without glass’. For his latest line ‘Outlines’, James is taking the radical and revolutionary step of starting with the shape of the lens, allowing it to determine the further design of the glasses. He extends the existing vocabulary of the lenses and allows them to continue into the frame. In a natural way, the frame is then shaped and molded around it as an outline, as a shadow image around the essence – the glass; thus creating an original tension between the frame and the shadow image. A new age, a new vision.

Compositions For When it’s Sunny

The sun shines … on Belgian Constructivism

Theo’s new Tim Van Steenbergen collab goes arty-farty. Correction! Call that arty only. The gorgeous new collection of sunglasses is based on the work of Belgian constructivist painter Guy Van Den Branden, an artist deeply admired by Tim (he owns some of his work) who made quite a name for himself in the art world with his focus on compositionrhythmformand colour. (Sounds familiar? Tim and theo thought so too.)  Each model is an inventive combination of titanium (very rare for sunglasses) and acetate shaped in such a way that the different planes create distinctive effects. The colours seem to have been drawn straight from the paintings and vary from bright and sunny to shadowy and subdued. The glasses were named after the paintings they were inspired by as an homage to the artist.


Theo’s Train Station

Theo’s Spotting Trains

“Admittedly, we ‘Antwerpenaren’ are not exactly known for our modesty. But that’s only because we happen to have a lot of things of which we can be justifiably proud. Take, for example, our train station ‘Antwerpen Centraal’. And since the Theo crew does a lot of traveling, we decided it was time to pay homage to the Queen of railway stations and her peers.” -Theo

Each frame has a unique style with bold lines and colors that come together to create this stunning collection.


Round Shapes on Parade

The biggest sporting event on the planet is in sight and Theo is ready. More than 10,000 athletes from

over 5 continents will be competing. The 5 round rings of the logo inspired Theo to launch 5 round frames

in sparkling colours.





Europe, Africa, Asia, Oceania, and America bring you instant happiness.

The titanium unicolor frames come in all kinds of hues! The round shapes are

also great for many prescriptions.



theo gold


The same models are also available in gold (24 karats) and palladium.

An icon returns

An icon returns

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Over the years, the piena luna or ‘full moon’ has grown into a true classic. These distinctive frames have remained cutting edge. As an ode to this enduring success, theo decided to take a fresh look at this nostalgic design, giving it an upgrade. The result is a beautiful pair of glasses with the same ‘wow-factor’, but now even more comfortable: the luna piena. Two pairs of glasses, each with a different prescription. Ideal for people who simply can’t get used to multifocal lenses and are tired of the accompanying vertigo.

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Millenials United

The frames are young, well-balanced and super comfortable. By hollowing out the ultra-strong acetate on the inside, the frames have bold lines, yet remain light. And the thinness of the acetate also encourages the play of light, creating depth in the transparent areas. The beauty of this collection is not just in the form. The acetate and the colours add an extra dimension. The frames combine matte and shiny acetate, different colours and even unexpected textures, such as wood grain. It’s up to the wearer to pick the look that feels just right.

Theo Mille 47

Theo Mile 49

Theo Mille 48

Potatoes acetate – A delicious feast for the eyes

A new twist, an innovative effect. Now the spotlight is on theo’s unique flex-hinge. This time it’s combined with a front piece in acetate. The result: comfortable, well styled frames with a bit of body, that are unexpectedly lightweight, too. The names in this ‘potatoes acetate’ collection have been given an international touch. The models are references to local food cultures from Friesland to Spain. But just like the humble potato, this collection is bound to be a universally popular treat.

THEO Brambor 8
Brambor 8
Irpel 10
Irpel 10
Theo Patatas 14
Patatas 14

“the theo is strong with this one”

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.

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