The Kompas Collection is inspired by the simplicity and brilliance of a compass. The extra-thin but powerful embedded magnets do not only create a floating hinge based on magnetic attraction, they also allow you to unfold the frame one-handed with just one simple gesture, using the magnetic orientation the same way a compass needle always points North.

Imagine slipping on your sunglasses without taking your attention off the road or fumbling with your shopping bags.

This magnetic hinge delivers long-term durability: the temples of the frame will never become loose over time as the magnet system replaces the reliance on screws to hold the rim and the temples together. The collection is made with top-of-the-line materials such as lightweight and hypo-allergenic titanium and handmade acetate.

The Kompas Collection consists of a total of 15 optical styles and 8 sunglasses styles, divided into the Tesla Series and the Flux Series.

Growing up in Brussels, I have always loved its stunning architectural splendor, richly dotted with its Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings. And even though heavily spoiled by so much beauty, one day, I almost created a traffic accident as a stunning building totally threw me off. Later I found out it was the Stoclet palace designed by the then only 35-year old Josef Hoffmann. Little did I know back then that I was looking at one of the masterpieces of the man who was standing at the cradle of industrial design as we know it today. Therefore, I would like to use this project to pay tribute to this great architect and his incredible contribution.

Growing up in Brussels, I have always loved its stunning architectural splendor, richly dotted with its Art Nouveau and Art Deco buildings. And even though heavily spoiled by so much beauty, one day, I almost created a traffic accident as a stunning building totally threw me off. Later I found out it was the Stoclet palace designed by the then only 35-year old Josef Hoffmann. Little did I know back then that I was looking at one of the masterpieces of the man who was standing at the cradle of industrial design as we know it today.

Therefore, I would like to use this project to pay tribute to this great architect and his incredible contribution.

Photographer: A. Ruffini / A. Casinovi, © 2013