IC! BERLIN

Unbelievably light, incomprehensibly flexible and built to last a lifetime, ic! berlin eyewear is cut by laser and crafted by hand in the Backfabrik - a former East German industrial bakery in the heart of Berlin. Everything happens under one roof: from initial sketch to finished product, ic! berlin makes, markets and distributes luxury designer eyewear from 0.5mm spring stainless steel, premium acetate and 3D printed polyamide for men, women and everyone in between.

ic! berlin revolutionised eyewear with their very first frame - a screwless, sheetmetal frame. How does screwless eyewear work? With an ingenious removable clip that holds frame and temple together.
Every ic! berlin frame features this remarkable interlocking hinge, so every frame can be broken down into its individual parts and reassembled in seconds, without any extra tools. No screws. No glues. No welds. No witchcraft. Just award-winning designs for every day and extraordinary showpieces for once in a lifetime.

ic! berlin and the Austrian Space Forum test the limits of screwless eyewear

Back in the 70s David Bowie asked if there was life on Mars. In February 2018 the Austrian Space Forum (OeWF) is paving the way to answer that question with a series of field simulations and experiments in the Omani desert, in eyewear supplied by ic! berlin.

The AMADEE-18 Mars Analogue Mission will study equipment, procedures and work flows under the extreme Martian-like conditions of the deserts of Dhofar, the largest governorate in the Sultanate of Oman. As pioneers of the eyewear industry ic! berlin knows all about breaking new ground and exploring new territories. Their feather-light, resilient, screwless glasses redefined what eyewear could be over twenty years ago and today they are the perfect choice for the analogue astronauts to shield their eyes from everything the Earth’s atmosphere can throw at them.

During the simulations the analogue astronauts from the OeWF will be wearing 45-kilogram robotic spacesuits equipped with its own power supply, communication systems and all manner of sensors. In choosing sunglasses to protect their eyes from the desert sun it was vital they not be weighed down any further. With an average weight of around 20 grams, ic! berlin’s rubberized sunglasses are the only frames that can withstand the harsh conditions of the Omani desert.

The next step is to see how they fare on Mars. To find out more visit ic! berlin