In the dimly lit basement atelier of bespoke eyewear firm Maison Bonnet, Franck Bonnet deftly bends a tortoiseshell spectacle frame into shape over an open flame. His apprentice Arnaud Falce eagerly watches the procedure. This is just one of more than 36 steps involved in crafting a pair of handmade Maison Bonnet glasses. Each pair requires up to six hours of manual labour for acetate, eight hours for horn and up to 30 hours for tortoiseshell. The company’s haute lunetterie approach has found fans in clients including Le Corbusier, Yves Saint…
Arnaud Falce (Apprentice) and Franck Bonnet (Master)
Tracing a frame onto a plastic pattern
Neatly stacked boxes of frames
The basement atelier
Frames to be polished
Each pair of Maison Bonnet glasses uses around 12g of tortoiseshell
Frames in the ground floor showroom
Master and apprentice at work
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