Eisuke Tachikawa and the ultimate eyewear

As seen in Wallpaper*, Photography: Jan Lehner, Video: Laurence Lennard

My glasses are for driving,’ says Japanese-based architect and designer Eisuke Tachikawa. ‘And sometimes for stargazing.’ As dually specialised ocular prerequisites go, this is quite an obscure request… but, it turns out, nothing that spectacle maker Silhouette’s Rimless Bespoke programme can’t handle.

We are in the design department at Silhouette’s HQ in Linz, Austria. Creative director Roland Keplinger is talking about Dieter Rams’ (via American architect Louis Sullivan) notion of form following function and how it relates to spectacle design. He tackles the intricacies, trickiness and applications of titanium, guiding Tachikawa through the Rimless process, advising on face fit, lens shape and colour.