Sources of Inspiration
Published on October 7, 2016
In 1978 vanguard and visionary Alain Mikli opened his design studio in Paris. His illustrious career and innovative eyewear creations have inspired generations of devotees. Few have dared to produce imitations, but many collaborations, with the likes of Philip Stark, Claude Montana, Jill Sanders and Delfina Delettrez, have occurred over the decades. Josephson Opticians has had a long relationship with the designer and we have had the privilege to facilitated rare personal appearances on occasion. Alain Mikli's recent designs incorporate unconventional combinations of colours and complex laminations of patterned acetates. Full of volume, these sculptural forms have a luminous quality and are remarkably exuberant. As influential as his own creations are, it is worth noting that Mikli's engagement with art is a source of his inspiration. The intense visual stimulation of the work of minimalist artist Sol Lewitt and post modernist designer Ettore Sottsas have had an effect on Mikli. [caption id="attachment_2938" align="aligncenter" width="479"] Jim Lambie's Metal Box (Dancing Orchid) 2014[/caption] James "Jim" Lambie is a contemporary visual artist, and was shortlisted for the 2005 Turner Prize. His sculptures and instillations explore the psychology of space and colour. Lambie's work, and that of Sonia Delaunay, who cofounded the Orphism art movement c. 1912, inspired Mikli's latest offerings. Their design principals and concepts have been masterfully applied to the creation of his impressive eyewear. [caption id="attachment_2936" align="aligncenter" width="620"] Delauney was the first living female artist to have a retrospective exhibition at the Louvre.[/caption] We invite you to view Alain Mikli's unique collection at Josephson Opticians locations throughout Toronto.