Journal

22.06.2017 • Cubitts , Bespoke , Cubitts Bespoke , King's Cross

Objects by. The Consultation Chair.

In need of a seating area for bespoke consultations at our King’s Cross practice, we commissioned David Ross of Superdreich to create a pair of consultation chairs. 

Based on a mid-century design, the chairs are constructed in Bethnal Green using an oak frame and slender steel arm rests. 

The linen cushions were upholstered by Ainsworth Broughton of Calvert Avenue, Hackney - London's traditional home of furniture making. 

 

08.06.2017 • Cubitts , Sunglasses , Spectacles , Spectacle Design

IN PRAISE OF GEOMETRY.

Introducing a quadrych of frames featuring bold geometric details. Joining Cromer and Wilmington, we welcome Wharfdale and Penryn. Each with faceted browlines, chamfered edges, and filleted contours - effortlessly catching the summer sun, but with a neoteric edge.

We invited artist Lydia Kasumi to create a series of paper installations celebrating geometry through colour - referencing flowing surfaces, parabolic lines, and Euclidean curves. These intricate paper structures are on display at each of our stores throughout June.

IN PRAISE OF GEOMETRY. IN PRAISE OF GEOMETRY. IN PRAISE OF GEOMETRY. IN PRAISE OF GEOMETRY.
08.06.2017 • Cubitts , Design , Videos

Objects By. Paper Sculptures.

We continue our series of eight short stories about objects at Cubitts and the makers behind them.

A series of paper installations.  By Lydia Kasumi Shirreff.

We invited Lydia Shirreff, who creates unique and diverse paper sculptures to work on a series of display installations to celebrate our new quadrych of frames - Cromer, Wilmington, Penryn and Wharfdale. 

Each piece has been delicately constructed from foam board and G F Smith paper in contrasting textures and tones to highlight the complex geometry of each piece.

Lydia's sculptures reflect the construction of the frame it has been made to compliment, with sweeping curves butted against straight edges to create juxtaposed objects of intrigue.

These intricate paper structures are on display at each of our stores throughout June.

 

01.06.2017 • Spectacles , Spectacle Craft , Videos

London and spectacles, a brief history

Following our spectacle-making workshops in May, our short documentary chronicles three centuries of spectacle making. 

Thanks to our friends Claire GoldsmithJason Kirk, Lawrence Jenkin, Charles Duffy and Neil Handley who made it possible. 

25.05.2017 • Sunglasses

Penton and Taviton

To mark the heliacal rising of Sirius and the coming of warmer climes, we have a brace of sunglasses to introduce.

Both inspired by shapes from the Seventies and early Eighties, Penton and Taviton feature the usual Cubitts details - pinned hinges, mitred joins, custom hardware.

They are fitted with Zeiss lenses, available in a range of colours (including low base mirrors). All offering full UV400 protection against our radiant master.

Penton is a bold aviator featuring a double bridge and paddle temples, inspired by oversized 'pilot' shapes from the Seventies. 

Penton is named after Penton Rise, on land that was comprised Henry Penton's fields. Formerly called Penton Place, it was home to a number a number of artistic residents, including the clown Joseph Grimaldi, the watercolourist and engraver John Boyne, and the artist and wood-engraver Luke Clennell. Today it is home to the Weston Rise Estate, a testimony to the brutalist phase of English architecture, built for the Greater London Council between 1965 - 1968 to the designs of Howell, Killick, Patridge & Amis.

Taviton is a butterfly shape with a deeply faceted rim, shapely sides, and narrow double dot rivet to the front (to conceal the temple construction). An homage to oversized sunglasses of the Seventies.

Taviton is named after Taviton Street, which cuts south from King's Cross into elegant Bloomsbury. The street was initially developed by Thomas Cubitt in the early 19th century, but not finished until after his death. It was named after the Taviton Estate in Devon, and in the latter part of the century was 'popular with actresses and clergymen'. Together at last.

The dog days are approaching, friends.

Penton and Taviton Penton and Taviton Penton and Taviton Penton and Taviton Penton and Taviton Penton and Taviton
18.05.2017 • King's Cross , Spectacle Craft , Design

Spectacle making.

Last week we held our first spectacle making workshops, as part of London Craft Week.

The workshops gave an introduction to the craftsmanship that goes into designing and hand making a pair of spectacles, using traditional methods from plotting facial measurements on paper to hand sawing and filing their frame. 

Thank you to all the wonderful budding spectacle makers who participated.

We'll be holding our next series of spectacle workshops in August 2017.

To express an interest, please email info@cubitts.co.uk with the subject line 'Spectacle Making Workshops'.

11.05.2017 • Cubitts , Spectacle Design , Spectales , Design

INTRODUCING OUR NEW FRAME, CROMER.

Continuing our reinterpretation of silhouettes from mid century France, Cromer has a sharp faceted brow, and oversized keyhole bridge.

Cromer comes in 9 glorious colours. 

Cromer takes it name from Cromer Street in southern King's Cross. 

Originally the land was a small 'public-house, tea-house and skittle ground', known as the Golden Boot. Later renamed to the Boot Tavern, it was the headquarters of the Gordon rioters and later was mentioned in Charles Dickens' book, Barnaby Rudge.

It the 1840s, during the pomp of the Cubitt brothers in the adjoining Gray's Inn Road, Cromer Street was occupied by a class of 'small tradesmen and artisan lodgers' in densely crowded lodgings. 

It was previously called Lucas Street, after Joseph Lucas, variously described as 'a tin-man and tin-plate worker, of Long Acre, Covent Garden'.

For more information see here and here.

INTRODUCING OUR NEW FRAME, CROMER. INTRODUCING OUR NEW FRAME, CROMER. INTRODUCING OUR NEW FRAME, CROMER. INTRODUCING OUR NEW FRAME, CROMER.
27.04.2017 • Design

Objects by. The Mug.

Objects by.

A series of eight short stories about objects at Cubitts and the makers behind them. Captured by George Baxter.

The Mug. By Charles Wu.

In need of mugs for our patients to imbibe, we commissioned Charles Wu of Polysmiths - architect, ceramicist and one of our first ever customers way back in 2013.

Each mug is meticulously glazed at Charles’ studio in Dalston to reflect the colour and patina of each store.

 

 

13.04.2017 • Cubitts , Sunglasses

Cubitts x Sunspel

Our first sunglasses collaboration with fellow British brand, Sunspel. 

Available in five styles across three silhouettes, each frame has been named after a building that has played an important part in Sunspel’s manufacturing history.

Our Cubitts x Sunspel campaign features the quintuplet of sunglasses against a summertime palette, shot by Gary Didsbury.

See the collection here.

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06.04.2017 • Cubitts , Sunglasses , Accessories , Design

NEW CLIP ONS

Turning your spectacles into sunglasses, like water into wine.

The perfect Spring accoutrement to Ampton, Bingfield, Cartwright, Crestfield, Herbrand and Gifford spectacles.

Each clip features a delicate filiegree detail, and hooks onto the frame with an elegant loop construction.

Available in Silver or Gold.

All clip ons come fitted with UV400 Zeiss lenses, in grey, green or brown.

NEW CLIP ONS NEW CLIP ONS NEW CLIP ONS NEW CLIP ONS NEW CLIP ONS NEW CLIP ONS NEW CLIP ONS NEW CLIP ONS