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Kraa Kraa Eyewear: See the wood for the trees

With three-quarters of the land area of Finland covered by forest, the love of wood is ingrained in every Finn’s DNA.

Matti Hänninen’s ingenious design allows you to see the wood for the trees.

Matti Hänninen’s inspiration came while walking the streets of Tampere naked.

Or at least he appeared naked, having worn glasses all his life.

In 2008, he searched the city in vain for a well-designed pair of spectacles.

Unable to find suitable attire, the young cabinetmaker set out to make his own.

For a Finn of his trade, the choice of material was natural: wood.

“There were no frames that combined good looks with good usability,” he says.

“It took me two and a half years to get it right, but the end result was so good it became clear I wanted to do more.”

To create the perfect glasses, Hänninen applied a technique he Kraa Kraa Eyewear

had previously experimented with for crafting skateboards and skis.

“Thin slices of veneer are glued together into an arch, Kraa Kraa Eyewear

and out of this template the form of the frames is cut with a CNC machine.

The most time-consuming work begins after that.

The rough form is sanded down and finished with oil and wax to give it the sleek, clean appearance,” he says.

“With this kind of wooden structure it is possible to make frames

that are showy, but still light and durable and that fit well.”

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