Wooden glasses: 15 stylish designs to try
A little less ordinary yet no less comfortable (and perhaps even more so), wooden glasses are gaining in popularity and brands have started competing to bring out designs each more surprising than the last. From models made from raw wood to more refined designs, check out 15 of our favorites.
Why wear wooden glasses?
Wood has a special charm: authentic and warm, it looks original without being ostentatious. Wooden glasses are also very comfortable to wear and don’t have the chilly feeling that metal can.
Designs are also getting more and more inventive and come in a range of colors. Some mix in materials like acetate or titanium to lighten the wood and give it finessed edge, and each is entirely unique due to the natural variations in the wood’s grain. Often made by hand, wooden glasses are artisanal pieces with a price tag to match, and their slight fragility means they need to be handled a bit more carefully than more classic pairs.
Are wooden glasses really more eco-responsible?
It’s easy to think that making glasses from wood makes them better for the environment because wood is a natural material. It is of course biodegradable and is one of the materials that needs the least amount of energy in its production. But not all wooden frames are equal when it comes to their environmental impact. If your top priority for your glasses is to be eco-conscious, there are several things to think about. Ask your optician about how different glasses brands work to protect the environment. Check where the wood came from: the best is from sustainably managed forests. And when it comes to protecting frames from breaking down over time, some brands use vegetable oil-based varnishes over chemical products. If you like to buy French-made, look out for Shelter from the Haute-Savoie, In’Bô in Vosges, Wave of Wood in Loire-Atlantique, Sébastien Geslin in Vendée and VuDuSud in Occitan.
1/ K2/Ebony – Waiting For The Sun – 150 €
A trendy design that proves it is possible to create light, refined glasses from wood.
2/ Donat Panther – Sébastien Geslin
Crafted from 2000-year-old bog-wood, Donat Panther is an exceptional piece of design. Created by Sébastien Geslin in Vendée, these top-line frames are a highly-limited edition.
3/ Oly – Rezin – 190€
The beauty of the wood’s natural grain is celebrated in these oak frames.
4/ Phoenix – Brevno – 500€
With a rough and ready look, the Phoenix model is made from flame-worked wood that gives it its exceptional finish. They might look heavy, but they’re surprisingly light.
5/ Agathe – Clément Lunetier
Made in Strasbourg, the kingwood and gold stainless steel Agathe design stands out for its understated elegance.
6/ Thomas – Shelter
Spectacles that pair the beauty of wood with the style of steel for a delicate result.
7/ Nashi – Wave of Wood
When the classic aviator meets wood, the Nashi is what you get.
8/ Yoko – Rezin – 199€
Deliciously retro, it’s the touches of wooden details that make all the difference in the Yoko model.
9/ Goby – Zylo Eyewear – 193€
The Greek brand puts a twist on classic round glasses with simple efficiency.
10/ Timber – Moken – 165€
Wood, granite and slate come together in one single design inspired by the 1960s.
11/ Ansostyle – Nina Mûr
If you are all about eye-catching frames, Spanish brand Nina Mûr’s designs are full of daring energy.
12/ Duo/Pear – Waiting For The Sun
Designed by Waiting For The Sun, these wooden sunglasses mix materials and motifs for a very wild look.
13/ Woody – Moken – 64€
The Woody model stands out for its use of cork. As well as its aesthetic value, the material is particularly ecological, taken directly from the bark without having to cut down the tree.
14/ Amaryllis – Ozed
These stylish sandalwood glasses are full of confidence.
15/ Dounoux – In’Bô
In’Bô has a new take on wood with the Dounoux model, made from wooden chunks frozen in a transparent resin.
Written by Josh Arnold