It is very unlikely that you have not heard of Mykita, the young and very successful glasses brand from Berlin. You might have seen their glasses in the last Moncler show, on Bryanboy or Lady Gaga, or recognized their beautiful store. Mykita is also known for their numerous collaborations with the most interesting designers like Bernhard Wilhelm, Damir Doma (see their show-piece for the latest collection here) and Alexandre Herchcovitch.
Nevertheless, you might not have known that all (!) their glasses are actually hand-made in the middle of Berlin, at Mykita House in Brunnenstraße. I was invited to see their space, take a look at the production and learn about the complex way their glasses are made.
Pictured above are three of the four founders, Philipp and Daniel Haffman and Moritz Krüger in the design department of Mykita House. See more pictures of the manufactory after the click:
At Mykita, the opticians and precision mechanics come from all over the world working together on the umpteen necessary production steps .
Printing the name on the earpieces. I’ve tried this precision printing machine myself and looked excited.
Pressing the acetate frames into form. Mykita produces their own acetate frames in a factory south-east of Berlin, which they have acquired and thus saved from close-down.
This happy guy is Frank Möllerfeld, he’s responsible for the production of prototypes; to realize the ideas of the design team for further testing and adjusting.
Mykita’s newest endeavor is called Mylon, a new way of designing and producing glasses suitable for sports being extremely light but very resilient. And looking good, of course.
One of many production steps in assembling the very light metal frames.
The last picture actually shows the first step of production, the metal frames are pressed into form after excavating them from the metal sheet. Mykita has been working on developing their own machines and tools, building up a massive knowledge during the years by combining traditional opticians craft with new designs. It was a pleasure to see this artisanry kept alive in the middle of Berlin.