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Affordable Frames from Seneca Eyewear

Unisex styles, including sunglasses with Carl Zeiss lens, starting at $100

by Nara Shin in Style on 30 October 2014

Affordable, Eyewear, Frames, Glasses, Sunglasses, Carl Zeiss, Optical

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While Warby Parker has been the indisputable leader of the affordable designer eyewear movement, a new wave of like-minded brands (David Kind, for example) have quickly caught on—resulting in even more choices for the discerning customer. Seneca Eyewear, which launched this past summer, is one that's offering quality unisex frames, including sunglasses with Carl Zeiss Vision lens—which can normally retail for $300 to $400. By operating direct to consumer, Seneca Eyewear can offer frames and prescription lenses from $100. "The goal was to deliver a better price-to-quality ratio than traditional designer houses, while not giving up our principles for being a true premium product," the brand tells CH.

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Each frame comes in a variety of colors, and those interested in the sunglasses with polarized lenses can select green, yellow, ruby or pink tints, for a feeling of customization. Inspired by the frames James Dean donned in the '50s, Seneca's Plato model would flatter most face shapes, while those wanting a more distinguished look may consider the rounded Theodor. If the traditional frames are a little too minimalist for your taste, the Seneca the Younger capsule collection offers some more adventurous styles, like frames wrapped in lambskin leather.

The brand hinted to CH of what's next to come, revealing that they are currently developing a Japanese titanium featherweight collection for "a new range of products unheard of in the affordable market."

Seneca Eyewear frames are available online starting at $100, which includes prescription lenses.

Images by Cool Hunting

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ØDD.Lights Interactive CCTV Installation

The NYC retail space uses motion sensors and LED strips for a mesmerizing night show after business hours

by David Graver in Design on 30 October 2014

Brick and Mortar, Judson Harmon, LES, Light Art, Light Design, NYC, Retail Spaces, ØDD

Fashion label ØDD recognizes the close-knit connectivity between art and style. This awareness infuses founder and designer Judson Harmon's signature line, as well as the other labels he houses within his Lower East Side storefront. His highly visual pieces, all produced in New York, carry drama and chaos and a unique brand of beauty. Taking it one step further, Harmon has partnered with digital design agency ANTARCTIC and artist and interactive designer Jonathan Chomko to create a striking arrangement of motion-responsive lights triggered by passers-by after business hours.

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The installation, dubbed "ØDD.Lights," engages with individuals passing along the Ludlow Street location. A live street view—captured through existing CCTVs—is processed through proprietary, custom software. Both the location of the outside visitor and their intensity of movement translates to the action of the low-profile LED lights within, all through a multi-Arduino hook up. The ØDD team wanted to embed a long-standing interactive public artwork into the store environment that would be available to everyone on the street, and this was the result. The hypnotic, thoughtful piece offers a commentary on the proliferation of surveillance in society today, while managing to be both brand affirming and a nice after hours touch as well.

The ØDD.Lights display is on view at 164 Ludlow Street in NYC, where the installation will run throughout the winter, beginning at 8PM each night.

Video and images courtesy of ØDD

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Cool Hunting Video: The Sidecar Bar Cart

Famed bartender Jim Meehan introduces his interpretation of the best bar cart ever

by Cool Hunting Video in Food + Drink on 30 October 2014

Wooden Furniture, Video, PDT, Leather, Jim Meehan, Design, Cocktails, CHV, Bartending, Bar Cart

For his latest collaboration with Moore and Giles, expert bartender Jim Meehan—of PDT fame—decided to take a stab at creating the ultimate bar cart. Going above and beyond, Meehan focused on creating a super-durable and highly functional cart that would also serve as an elegant piece of furniture. The cart has been aptly named The Sidecar. Featuring a stainless steel frame and Virginia black walnut and birch wood finishes, the cart is eye-catching and can stand up to the abuse that comes with slinging cocktails. Meehan brought the stunning cart by the CH office for an exclusive first look.

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