4 o’clock, the inspiration for this eyewear range, is drinks time at the Peter Coombs studio. It is the time of the day when a moment is set aside to reflect on the day, to consider the path travelled and to acknowledge small wins with partners. Sometimes the chosen drink is Champagne and other times it is Gin, Tequila, Shiraz or Malt. Each frame in this collection has been named after these savoured tipples. Marrying classic styles with classic drinks brings old favourites forward into a new time.
4 O'Clock takes frame construction design in a unique and intriguing direction. An evolution of my signature Sterling Silver hinges are again a core element of the frame designs while the faces and temples are cut from a single piece of flat Titanium with folds and twists applied in ways that are relatively unseen in eyewear production.
My mission is and has always been to surprise, delight and connect with people through their journey of discovering remarkable eyewear. Put on these frames and they will make you happy, just like when it’s 4 o'clock drinks.
In 1985 I made my first pair of spectacles whilst studying for a Bachelor of Design (majoring in Jewellery and Metalsmithing) at The University of South Australia. They were reminiscent of 'Jules-Verne-under-the-sea-the-Apocalypse-is-coming' which was very much about what was going on in the '80s - clunky but funky.
From there evolved a 30 year journey exploring alternative, innovative ways to form and colour a variety of precious and refractive metals. A back-to-basics approach along with a good understanding and respect for mechanical construction has driven a fascination with a frame’s hinge design element. This is a constant and defining feature in the evolution of my eyewear. Similarly with my bespoke jewellery, I enjoy the ongoing challenge of resolving designs that deliver longevity, comfort and functionality for the wearer.
Inspiration for my work is found in everyday life and most importantly in the people that I meet and the ideas and interactions that ensue.
My mission is to deliver unique art, lively expression and a subtle confidence to those who choose to enhance their own personality with the Peter Coombs flavour. I don’t believe that my art is for everyone which is why it is so rewarding to connect with those who subscribe to my vision.
I think of Peter Coombs eyewear as ‘Jewellery for the Face’. All pieces are limited and rare if not one-off designs and many have been the result of private commissions over the years. Some I have just made because I needed to prove that I could.
This is my art. All frame design and construction starts and finishes with me - at my bench - in my studio - in Adelaide, South Australia.