Michael Webb
writes on modern architecture, design, and travel. He is the author of 26 books, most recently Modernist Paradise: Niemeyer House, Boyd Collection (Rizzoli) and Venice CA: Art +Architecture in a Maverick Community (Abrams). He travels widely in search of new and classic modern architecture and contributes to magazines around the world. Michael lives in the Neutra apartment that Charles and Ray Eames once called home.

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Eyes Up

Frank Gehry, move over. Berlin architect Juergen Mayer, who recently completed the Parasol urban canopy in Seville, has branched out into sunglasses. And the news is that they are asymmetrical, thus identifying the brand with no need of a flashy logo. Mayer has applied his mastery of curvilinear geometry and innovative structures to the architecture of the human face. Better, yet, each pair can be customized—or, in archspeak “Scanning, measuring and decoding a face will give coordinates to mutate and deform a given proto-frame to the individual asymmetries, either to enhance or rebalance the composition of the face.” Calvin Klein was never that cool, and fashionistas no longer need to pay to be a walking billboard. Mayer’s glasses are made by IC! Berlin–check for local stockists.

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