Bijan Azami and Ap Verheggen model Uummannaq year 2003 to 2011
Bijan Azami and Ap Verheggen mod Uummannaq 2003 to 2011 sunglassespreservation
Sunglassespreservation is happy to include the Uummannaq shades into our archive. This model has been a collaborative effort of Bijan Azami and Ap Verheggen and is inspired by and dedicated to the inuits. After showcasing the development of all the COURRÈGES inuit shades, the Uummannaq model finalizes our excursion into the eskimo inspired world where sunglass design very seldomly veers to.
First and foremost, we were told that the Uummannaq sunglasses were made to resemble a special person’s eyes and the profits of the sales would benefit the Children’s Home in Uummannaq.
We were very happy to have Ap Verheggen answer a couple of our questions. Here the transcript of Mr. Verheggen’s letter, where he personally explains more details about the development and story behind the Uummannaq model:
“The Shades…..from http://www.nrgsociety.com/”
“The idea of making the glasses was born ten years ago in Northern Canada, Nunavut, while filming a kind of authentic Inuit. The temperatures dropped to -50C low, and I noticed that even walking outside became a struggle for survival. I asked myself: ‘How did they do that in the prehistoric times?’
From April the sun doesn’t disappear anymore behind the horizon and in the early times Inuit used to carve a small slice in a piece of bone to protect their eyes for the sun. They showed me some old ‘designs’ and inspired me to make new ones.
I contacted Bijan Azami in The Hague and he was enthusiastic to make new shades and together we started a new series: PositiveNRG.
I found the inspiration in the the old bonecut sliced shades, and copied the eyes of my Inuit guide in Nunavut onto the new pairs. The white colour of the Uummannaq model refers to the old bone shades, and is also a copy in resemblance of snow.
Many people, royals and other famous personalities helped us to promote the Uummannaq shades.
Bijan and I decided that the profit of the project had to return to the Inuit and I selected the Children’s Home in Uummannaq as it is a good place to make donations. ( for further information, please click here: http://www.bhjumq.com/UK/
It was the start of a great friendship of many years and we also organised the following art project together:www.coolemotion.org
Later we shot a film about this project. The title is: ‘IceBerg Riders’, released in 2012 and currently playing around the world.”
The model we have in our archives has the “Uummannaq” inscription printed on the inside of the right temple but we have also seen other models with another inscription. The other inscription states: “international polar year 2007-2009”.
The color varies slightly from model to model so each pair is made to be unique. The shades fit very comfortably on the nose and the shape of the lenses create a fascinating, almost alienating, transformation of the wearer’s face. We believe the material used to make the Uummannaq model to be acetate.
The protective box that comes with the Uummannaq sunglasses is very well executed and not only protects the shades from braking but also looks sleek and elegant, evoking the same color of the shades.
Sunglassespreservation is very happy to be able to photograph, showcase and archive these beautiful shades for future design reference and study. To see that there are people out there using sunglasses to help others really merits all our attention.