PARIS—Silmo Paris has announced the nominees for its Optical Design Contest. Silmo launched the contest earlier this year, as reported by VMAIL. The contest was open to all students enrolled in a design course at a level or above third year post-baccalauréat. Designers were required to “integrate an ethical design approach for an optical object, be it lenses, frames, connected objects, low vision or equipment for opticians or manufacturers,” according to an announcement from Silmo.

The first edition of the Silmo Optical Design Contest will be chaired by designer Emmanuel Gallina. Members of the jury gathered in early July to evaluate the submissions. The seven selected projects will produce a prototype that will be unveiled at Silmo Paris 2022, where the winner will also be announced.
● SI/Look to the future from Alessandro Battaini (NABA - New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan): a pre-mounted glasses concept, interchangeable and versatile.
● KNOT/Inclusive Eyewear from Diego Sparta (Politecnico di Milano - Bovisa Durando Campus -Design School): a frame designed for disabled people.
● OORA from Silvana Migliozzi (Politecnico di Milano): smart glasses intended for readers, whose principal application is the ability to annotate text and save quotes at a glance.
● SONDER from Sessa Martina (NABA - New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan): glasses fitted with sensors to avoid headaches, limit back problems and correct bad posture.
● PERCY from Jocelyne Boisson (Design School of Landes, Mont-de-Marsan): a molded aquatic mask that questions the role of vision, to be seen without necessarily seeing.
● GOOGLESS from Vincenzo Panico (NABA - New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan): a modern reinvention of the nose clip and the monocle that plays on geometric shapes.
● UNFOLDABLE from Adi Abramov (Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel): glasses made from recycled material in a brutalist aesthetic, with profiled X-hinge stems.