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Arthur Arbesser Interview with a visionary designer.

Arthur Arbesser, born in Vienna in 1984, studied at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design in London. He worked for prestigious design firms including Giorgio Armani before founding his own label in Milan in 2013. Three years later he created a Special Edition consisting of four pairs of sunglasses centered around minimalism and bold color contrasts. We marked our anniversary by meeting up with him for an interview.

Arthur Arbesser for Silhouette
The Special Edition in Dark Green Gradient

What surprises you in everyday life? And how do you translate discoveries into your creative process?

Nature is the thing that surprises me most and, above all, never disappoints. It could be anything from a special combination of colors when cutting into a piece of fruit to cloud formations, the shape of a leaf, or the sound of the wind. I always soak up everything around me and translate that into colors, patterns, shapes, and ideas.

Your designs are both innovative and timeless. How do you manage to create designs with lasting relevance while staying in touch with the latest trends?

For me, being relevant simply means being authentic. Following your instincts is the only way to be free and creative. As soon as you make something that aims to please or sell in large quantities, you lose your relevance.

In 2016, you developed a Titan Minimal Art sunglasses collection for Silhouette featuring a lens-in-lens look. What idea did you base the collection on?

My idea at the time was really very similar to my design process in general – a combination of things that have stood the test of time, mixed with something totally unexpected that, in fact, shouldn’t be there. For our collaboration, I started by looking at the shape of the glasses worn by author Arthur Miller and used this as the starting point for a pair of rimless glasses that looks like it has a frame but actually just has different colored lenses.

In your view, what significance does design have given the digital transformation and the constant state of flux in the world?

For me, design is always about culture, history, craftsmanship, and especially imagination—but also about coincidences and mistakes. All these aspects are analog and are something a purely digital approach can never provide me. In this sense, good design will always be valid and occupy an important position.

What thoughts and associations does the concept of “lightness” bring to mind for you?

It makes me think of my autonomous, very free way of working and what a luxury it is to design a new collection every six months while constantly staying curious and keeping my mind hungry.

"I think it’s always good to study the past, question it, and keep looking for new interpretations."
Arthur Arbesser