In 2014 after two years of working with the kaleidoscope glasses invention we had an idea to make a wearable kaleidoscope monocle in the shape of an eye with a series of crystals set in them. These new monocles would be specifically for photography and made as optical instruments.
Our first design was a collaboration with furniture designer and artist Matthew Morgan in Topanga CA. It was carved from one solid piece of walnut. Here is an image.
Because of the difficulty in shaping a single piece of wood by hand and setting the crystal this design was unfortunately not viable so we continued developing other manufacturing techniques. The next design was much easier and used a laser machine to cut two pieces that would be sealed together holding the crystal in place.
This design was much easier to produce in LA and so we started.
Here is an image of this design:
Since this design came out we have experimented quite a lot with various other shapes and materials including hearts and diamonds, metals and acrylic.
Our latest design was with Crosstown Rebels and the Day Zero festival in Tulum, Mexico.
We made a custom kaleidoscope monocle for this festival!
There are three styles: Silver, Matte Black, and Walnut.
Day Zero Eyes <3
We gave a way 400 of these to their special guests.