Artist Collaboration Series: Tim Lahan x Classic Specs
“I generally aim to make things as simple as possible. Sometimes they come out funny.” – Tim Lahan, artist & illustrator
From editorial illustrations in The New York Times to his album artwork for the band CLPPNG, there’s a good chance that you’ve seen Tim Lahan‘s work before. The Philadelphia-based artist is known for his minimalist and often tongue-in-cheek illustrations, picking up on the visual cues in his everyday surroundings. We collaborated with Tim to reimagine one of our classic styles – the Amherst – in a bold-yet-understated clear frame, aptly named Three Way for the subtly different shade of clear blue in each piece of the frame.
Tim Lahan on the creation of the Three Way frames:
“I wanted to focus on the construction of the frames. The fact that it’s three separate color pieces held together gives each piece its own vibe, without coming off as garish or unwearable. I love translucent materials. Instead of focusing on an opaque color, you’re creating a sort of ‘lens’ that allows you to see through the object rather than wonder what’s behind it.”
Framework Magazine is a digital arts magazine that explores the stories behind the creative people and the beautiful things they create that inspire us at Classic Specs. Founded in 2015, Framework Magazine explores everything from the stories of artists, photographers, designers, and other creative professionals working in Brooklyn, New York to the vintage styles of the mid to late twentieth century that inspired the styles and shapes of the glasses and sunglasses we create at Classic Specs. Whether you’re an artist or an art enthusiast, we’re focused on helping you live a creative life, every single day. If you’re looking to the next art gallery to check out in your city, we curate a guide to art galleries and openings in New York City, San Francisco, and Los Angeles every week to make sure that you’re up-to-date with the art scene happening around you. Love a pair of Classic Specs but aren’t sure how to style them? Check out our Instagram style guides, which show you how bloggers and influencers on social media style our glasses and sunglasses. If you’re going for more of a retro inspired look, read our vintage style guides to learn how to choose and style your glasses and sunglasses like fashion icons Marilyn Monroe, Andy Warhol, and Audrey Hepburn. We’ve also got plenty of interior design inspiration in our What’s On Your Wall? series, where we invite artists from all over the world to show us what their art walls look like at home. We’re inspired by the lives of artists and creatives at Classic Specs, and we want to inspire you to live creatively, every day.