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Tornado by Derapage rethinks its chassis. The new Super Light Chassis Tornado revises the traditional structure of DERAPAGE’s biggest award-winner in the history of eyewear. The outcome is a characterful, boldly engineered frame that sits lightly on the wearer.
Dérapage –with an acute é- is a French term mainly used in car racing (though also in skiing). It describes a rapid way of negotiating a bend for a racing car or motorbike – calling for a mixture of driver panache and maximum reliance on machine performance.
Some skilfully coordinated manoeuvres are required:
• Power transmission, via the accelerator, initiating a controlled drift; this presupposes vehicle power.
• Swerve, a firm flick of the wheel/handlebars.
• Braking, using the front brake without locking the wheel(s), which reduces the grip of the back wheel(s) and causes dérapage.
• A quick change-down as one brakes.
A daring operation even for an expert. Like the Derapage of eyewear: “The look is for those who dare”.
The year is 1929: Mr. Giovanni Vitaloni takes the plunge and founds an automobile parts and accessories factory in Turin.
A passion for all things lovingly crafted: for taste, for a style that will last.
1988: 50 years on a new-generation Vitaloni sets up a new company: NICO enters the world of eyewear just as a change of mentality is coming in: glasses no longer what the doctor ordered, but a matter of fashion.
It takes NICO a mere 20 years to make it to the top in the subtle market of eyewear design. NICO goes all out for supreme quality and sends its collections worldwide.
In 2004 NICO becomes Nico-design. A change in the name to express the blend of name and passion, tradition to the third generation and vocation, behind company thinking and policy.
Today Nico-design has grown, playing the winning card of innovation: more than 100 new models every year, pure original products of Torinese finesse.
Research into materials and a sixth sense for trends in the evolution of style, design and colour taste. Dedication to painstaking craftsmanship. Attention to fine detail. The rule of quality and a deliberate penchant for experiment and innovation with materials, production techniques and shapes. The goal is to satisfy the customer and go on surprising. These are the choices Nico-design has favoured in asserting itself on the home and international market as an Italian eyewear designer. This means manufacturing and marketing glasses of top quality, unique products stamped with their own creativity, the logical expression of perfected Italian style.
There are umpteen ways, materials, techniques of making a pair of glasses. One has but to choose. DERAPAGE has always entailed a choice, an ambitious one, the same today as twenty five years ago: to create hi-tech eyewear to an exclusive design. A slice of future glimpsed at a preview.
Our DERAPAGE line was sparked off by an entrepreneurial success in the automobile world to which it pays tribute. DERAPAGE describes a way of negotiating a bend in a car race: a mixture of driver control and car performance pushed to the limit. DERAPAGE glasses are the result of sophisticated engineering even before design allure. Over the years the collection has given a technologically subtle gloss on the novelties of eyewear, and taken on board some quite unusual models. The materials used are often first-ever choices.
DERAPAGE MoleCube brings to the eyewear world a first-ever hinge system, patented, and all Made in Italy: as simple in its conception as it is technological in the making. The DERAPAGE MoleCube hinge is formed of three strips of steel held together by a square pivot which vanishes into the temple structure, joining it to the front by a ‘pop-in’ system that has never been tried before.
The frame front is fashioned from a single shell (or monocoque) made from one sheet of chemically cut steel.
A revolution in the world of eyewear. A completely new unwelded multilayer frame: three different ultrathin steel layers, secured by an innovative system of micro-riveting. Tornado is a patented, totally Italian product in its style, workmanship and assembly. Featherweight indestructibility.
Honey Comb has its roots in mechanics and car design: it refers to the pattern etched and pierced into the front. Light good looks anda striking 3D effect.
Birth of Spoiler, the magical fruit of long research. The lenses hang suspended inside their frames by a micro-support in steel.
The Racing collection features a metal/plastic combination frame and icelite is introduced for the first time.
The sun collection celebrates the new millenium, “Shopping” and “Olympic” or the reinterpretation of the sports and casual goggle in pure Derapage style.
The revolutionary interchangeable front system through mechanic levers.
Front in grilamid, contrasting frames in tortoiseshell acetate and a natty system of changeable lenses. One step ahead of fashion: the trail-blazing spirit will be a feature of collections from the 80s to the present day.
Tornado is nominated in 2009 for the DesignPreis in Germany.
Tornado won the "Good Design" in Chicago.
Eyewear of the Year in Tokyo for Tornado.
In 2005 Spoiler won the Eyewear of the Year in Tokyo.
2004 - Silmo d'or for technological innovation - Model Racing