VAVA Teamed Up with Kengo Kuma, Architect of Tokyo Olympic Stadium to Develop Eyewear Capsule Collection

Eyewear will never be the same again after the announcement of an exciting and innovative collaboration between the minimalist eyewear brand, VAVA, and the renowned Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma. VAVA x KENGO KUMA is a capsule eyewear collection designed by Kengo Kuma, incorporating sustainable, organic materials and the latest in 3D-printing technology.

“When you enter architecture, you enter another world.” VAVA agrees wholeheartedly with the words of Kengo Kuma, the Japanese architect renowned for his holistic built masterpieces that perfectly coexist with the natural environment. VAVA’s passion and Kuma’s vision fuse perfectly together in a dynamic collaboration for VAVA’s newest capsule collection, VAVA x KENGO KUMA. Framed as buildings, our eyewear uses the face as a landscape.

The VAVA x KENGO KUMA collection manifests many of Kuma’s architectural imaginings, especially the architect’s tendency of recovering and reinterpreting the traditions of Japanese architecture to fit seamlessly into the 21st century world.

Kengo Kuma is a globally acclaimed Japanese architect whose design vision expresses the emotional content of materials, linked to intrinsic characteristics in construction and the teachings of Japanese traditions.
Tokyo Olympic National Stadium is designed by Kengo Kuma.
Tokyo’s Olympic stadium is constructed around an unusual set of wooden lattices.

Kengo Kuma and VAVA have teamed up to develop a capsule collection of eyewear inspired by Kengo Kuma’s works, blending architecture and design into an iconic collection of sustainable 3D printed eyewear.

▲ Model CL0013 is a tribute to the traditional Japanese wooden building techniques. These approaches have been explored by Kengo Kuma for his wooden (or mixed) structures, which arise from a simple pattern of assembly, building on different intersections and angles to generate a complex whole.

▲ Model CL0015 is inspired by the notion that the production of architecture is fundamentally a process of weaving. Many of Kuma lab’s design projects can be understood as a pursuit of different types of weaving of diverse materials and scales.