Welcoming visionarie!

An overview of the highlights not to be missed throughout

The strength and appeal of trade fairs are still just as great they promise encounters with clients and prospects, growth in turnover, and broader business horizons They also offer the opportunity to take stock of the state of the sector, the reality of the market, and the new trends in terms of innovation and creation. An undeniable international business hub and a remarkable platform for envisioning the future of the optical and eyewear industry, SILMO Paris is its most tangible reflection Far from just a marketing slogan, its message “Welcoming Visionaries”, is a rallying cry convening new ideas, concepts, technological developments, and trends.

An undeniable international business hub and a remarkable platform for envisioning the future of the optical and eyewear industry

At the heart of the event, professionals cannot overlook the interdisciplinary discussion space SILMO Next. This showcase for creation and innovation hinges around various complementary focuses lectures workshops exploring new technologies (the Metaverse, intelligent glasses, and so on), and talks not to mention the digital village where companies gather to promote and sell their high tech products.

But what would technology be without tradition and savoir faire?
That’s why the Meilleurs Ouvriers de France (ΜΟF) will also be highlighted on SILMO Next This expression of eyewear crafting heritage will demonstrate that the present and future intermingle in creativity and tradition. In this echo chamber of imagination, conception and design, don’t miss the Trends Forum With its selection of the best optical and sunglasses frames of all the exhibitors attending the trade fair, it reflects the TRENDS by SILMO digital magazine. The much sought after, much awaited SILMO d’OR awards will also occupy a place of choice Like a living showcase for innovation, the products nominated for the 2022 edition and the winners will be revealed to the entire profession.
And, new in 2022 the SILMO Next will exhibit the winning creations of the first OPTICAL DESIGN CONTEST A prize deserving of the challenge will be awarded to the winner of the competition at the next SILMO Paris.
In keeping with this approach, and to accompany ophthalmic optical professionals in their pursuit of excellence, SILMO Paris will, once again, support research in the Vision and Optical Sciences with SILMO Academy.
Join us from 23 to 26 September 2022 at Paris Nord Villepinte. Welcoming visionaries!

The nominees!

Aimed at stimulating creativity and providing a platform for the future generation of designers, SILMO Paris launched the Optical Design Contest at the beginning of the year.

For this first edition, the competition is chaired by Emmanuel Gallina, a designer known for his creative ethic, his sense of coherency and his authenticity. A graduate of E.N.A.D (Limoges) and I.A.V (Orléans), he went on to further his knowledge at the Politecnico di Milano, where he earned a Master’s degree in design & management.
Exercising his art between Bordeaux and Milan, Emmanuel Gallina designs furniture and objects for major brands and furnishes locations and interiors all over the world.
At the beginning of July, members of the jury gathered to evaluate the projects received and retain the most relevant among them.
As a reminder, the Optical Design Contest was open to all students enrolled in a design course at a level equivalent or above third year post-baccalauréat. The brief outlining the projects was precise and without creative restriction, they needed to integrate an ethical design approach for an optical object, be it lenses, frames, connected objects, low vision or equipment for opticians or manufacturers, etc.
The jury members examined the applications with close attention and a particular focus on the creative and innovative design aspect, the use and function of the proposed object and the intrinsic feasibility of the project. The 7 projects selected will have the honour of producing a prototype and of being unveiled at SILMO Paris to name the winner for 2022:

SI / Look to the future

from Alessandro Battaini (NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan):
a pre-mounted glasses concept, interchangeable and versatile

KNOT / Inclusive Eyewear

from Diego Sparta (Politecnico di Milano – Bovisa Durando Campus – Design School):
a frame designed for disabled people.


from Silvana Migliozzi (Politecnico di Milano):
smart glasses intended for readers, whose principal application is the ability to annotate text and save quotes…
at a glance.


from Sessa Martina (NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan):
glasses fitted with sensors to avoid headaches, limit back problems and correct bad posture.


from Jocelyne Boisson (Design School of Landes, Mont-de-Marsan):
a moulded aquatic mask that questions the role of vision, to be seen without necessarily seeing.


from Vincenzo Panico (NABA – New Academy of Fine Arts, Milan):
a modern reinvention of the nose clip and the monocle that plays on geometric shapes


from Adi Abramov (Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Ramat Gan, Israel):
glasses made from recycled material in a brutalist aesthetic, with profiled X-hinge stems.

Share with your friends
Previous Post

Amélie Morel

Next Post

CircumEye #4