The dominance of oversized shapes on the sunglasses market of recent years appears to be shifting, but there's always a retro element for designers to look to. This pair of Green Wendy Sunglasses from Fred Flare offer an immediate vintage look without opting for clichés.
Been looking out for a new coffee table tome? Both those with 20:20 vision, and those needing a bit more of a helping hand are sure to delight in the new book Cult Eyewear by Neil Handley.
The range includes trays, plates and tumblers, all decorated with stylised fishes that have depicted in various stages of blue. Like all of Jonathan Adler's design, there's a definite retro feel to the design – in this case, it looks towards the 1950s. Just compare and contrast Marianne Nilsson's Herring Design (or even the fish in our recently featured Picknick design). This range offers an easy way to pick up a serving of style.
Prices start at £5 for the glasses, with this salad plate costing £6.
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For most of us sunglasses are the last things on our minds (and shopping lists) right now, but that's never stopped the fashion industry. Determined to show off their Summer 2011 fodder already, there's some pieces worth buying ahead for, like these Lace Livey Sunglasses by Theirry Lasry.
Sold as womenswear, this pair's appeal goes beyond that to a unisex pair with effortless style. The rounded frames avoid the often clichéd oversized sixties look, instead opting for a smoothly rounded mid size. The tortoiseshell frame, complete with slimmed down arms, are the ideal finishes to a timeless pair of frames.
Get them online from Matches Fashion now for £288.
We're big fans of the work of Joe Colombo, but here's something a little less obvious, although every bit as eye-catching as his mopper obvious work – the Arnolfo Di Cambio Smoke glassware.
It was described as 'the interpretation of cultivated society's new shape', as seen by Joe Colombo back in 1964. Made from blown crystal, the glasses feature a particular shape that allows them to be held in one hand along with a cigarette – ergonomically designed to be gripped from the base with a single thumb, keeping the other fingers free.
In these days of smoking being less socially acceptable, Smoke is still a great example of 60s space age design, from a man forever associated with it. Not cheap, as you might have guessed, £109 for two glasses.
If you want to recreate a 1970s bar in the corner of your lounge, then Bar Era is the place to go for vintage barware.
Their website stocks a vast array of glasses, trays, ice buckets, ashtrays and signs. The stock is arranged by theme according to which part of a bar it belongs to, such as the cocktail lounge, public bar, smoking or games room, but you can also browse by era or by brand. If you are based in London or the south east of England, Bar Era also offer a hire service should you wish to borrow some vintage pieces for a special event.
To see their current stock, visit the Bar Era website.