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2015 Upcycled Lobster TRAPS Eyewear collection designed by Eric Strebel of Botzen Design

Sunglasses made from wood, that’s fairly common these days. Designing with locally sourced East Coast material from the state of Maine, now that’s uncommon!  Meet the Up cycled eye-wear from Traps that are made of decommissioned Lobster traps.

Industrial designer Eric Strebel of Botzen Design in Detroit began design work on the first pair of glasses for Traps Eyewear in February of 2014. The first pair, The “Ulysses” is a classic interpretation of a unisex oversize pair of sunglasses. Traps wanted to create a product that was effortlessly stylish, using re-purposed Atlantic ocean aged oak lobster traps and sustainable materials. Using recycled materials was the obvious choice to attract the “Y” generation to a new pair of sunglasses. You can watch the video here of Eric designing and prototyping the glasses.

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The second pair is inspired by John F. Kennedy. These are called the “Jack”. Both pairs use acetate for the frames. It is a non-petroleum based plastic that is made from natural cotton and wood fibers. Cellulose acetate is made from renewable materials, and that is great for everyone on the planet.

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The design process followed a proven path of getting a solid design brief from the customer and sketching on the clients direction. Initial concepts were refined and sifted down to produce stylish eco-friendly glasses that are simple yet recognizable.

The front frames are hand crafted in hypoallergenic Italian Acetate, lightweight and quite strong. The frames are made from cutting, heat forming and polishing flat sheets of the material into the desired form. Cellulose acetate is considered the gold standard in eye wear and were an obvious choice for these sunglasses. The Bio Lenses are made from a castor oil as well. The product is quite environmentally conscious.

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The glasses are available directly from the Traps web site.  There is a special edition available from Friedrich’s in their Manhattan location as well are their Palm Beach locations, using horn frames and a multi grain temple combing birds eye maple and walnut.

Eric Strebel is an Industrial designer with 25+ years of experience. He graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn NY in 1990 and has been designing products for clients all around the globe, ranging from sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, entry level luxury vehicles for Ford, wireless charging PowerMat for Homedics, to toys for Guidecraft. He specializes in tabletop and hand held products.

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“LIT” Shutter Shades

World first Wireless Electroluminescent shutter shade glasses designed by Botzen Design for Lift Audio

Botzen Design announce the “LIT” shutter shades, the first in a series of wireless sunglasses designed for Lift Audio. Born in the explosion of the electronic music scene, LIT glasses by Lift are stylish and fun illuminated glasses that help bring the party to life. Debuting at the 2013 Electric Daisy Carnival in Las Vegas……Previous  “EL” sunglasses required a hard wire to a hand held battery power pack. The new redesigned Lit shutter shades incorporates the battery, USB charger and electronics in the sunglasses themselves, an industry first!

The sunglasses were designed from sketch concept to prototype over a period of about 4 months in collaboration with Lift Audio culminating with “A” side 3D data for the customer to take to engineering manufacturing with

Eric Strebel who runs an Industrial Design studio, Botzen Design with inhouse 3D printing capabilities called Botzen Design in Detroit, MI.  He has worked on designing the Powermat wireless charging hubs for Homedics, sunglasses for Bauch & Lomb, vehicles for Ford Motors, monsters for Clive Barker and most recently a drink and water bottle refill station for HAWS Co. Currently he consults for various companies around the globe and previously taught Industrial Design at Wayne State University in Detroit.

Botzen Design, Inc., Detroit Michigan

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