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ROLF Spectacles are a small, family-run business situated in the heart of the Tyrolean Alps who produce hand-made, light-weight wooden, bamboo and woodstone eyeglass frames. Each frame is made of several layers of wood, each layer being from one single piece of wood. One of ROLF Spectacles’ company goals is to set new trends in design and to realize new ideas. ROLF’s research and development team has created an innovative hinge for its eyewear made of wood and a specialized ROLF lens-glazing system. The ROLF wooden eyewear is produced completely without any metal parts or screws, and it is very easy-care thanks to its special surface treatment. Each ROLF frame is produced by hand requiring many work steps at the plant in Tyrol / Austria.
Between the blank stages to completed set of frames there are 78 working steps. Crafting a pair of ROLF glasses requires several hours of work and a high degree of craftsmanship. The rasping stages require lots of concentration and precision, which we leave to experienced hands.
The glasses are unique in terms of the materials used and the production techniques implemented. Almost all machinery needs to be built or retrofitted specifically. In the early stages, moped brakes, old actuators and other items were used provisionally because they lacked the money to outfit machines for production. In order to be able to bend the first parts into shape, the first pieces of wood were pressed from a living room table with the mechanical milker from a neighbour, who had retired from farming. The press is still in use. Even the stone frames had their start this way. Nowadays, precise machines are used until the point where the frames are passed on to highly sensitive additional processing that is done by hand.
With loving attention to detail and bold use of innovative techniques, ROLF makes each frame a unique, one-of-a-kind, piece of eyewear. The natural wood material is not an obstacle for design, but a starting point to develop innovative techniques. This is coupled with ROLF’s demands for high standards in workmanship and design.
ROLF Spectacles :: Unique, light, high comfort, expressionistic, sustainable, screw-less, maintenance-free, authentic, lively, innovative technology, high-end quality, anti-static, anti-allergenic, produced in-house, handmade in Tyrol.
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