Like Jekyll And Hyde

Prescription lenses are expensive so it’s not often we can afford more than a single pair. Unfortunately that means being tethered to one frame style. Switch Glasses gives you at least two options to fit your mood and lifestyle. The design adds pivots and hinges to the arms and lens of a pair of glasses. By flipping them around, you can take advantage of two different frame colors. Maybe one for work and a funkier one for a night out.

Designer: Hyo-Jong Kim


  • Nicolas says:

    I really wonder how this could possibly work … Being nearsighted, I know that lenses are not flat, and therefore cannot be flipped ….

  • shane says:

    it looks like you reverse both the arms and the lens, so this would actually work. clever idea. i’m not sure how many people would go for it though… kinda like the reversible jacket. it was popular for a bout a year then you wouldn’t be caught dead in one.

  • Freshome says:

    This is really innovative, and I love it.

  • Matze says:

    This only works if the users eyes are equally “bad”. Otherwise the lenses would be swaped…
    Basic logical abilities are the basis for design… it’s not only about making nice pictures…

    Somehow the quality of the published designs on this blog gets worse… sad. 🙁

    • Marvin says:

      Matze… you haven’t been looking at the design properly. Your comment is invalid.

      1. I personally wouldn’t care about the lens shape…. and from all the people I know I’ve never seen someone pick glasses based on the lens shape… people couldn’t care less.
      2. how much extra weight are we talking about…? Neglectable I think.
      3. could be valid don’t know.
      4. I think that’s just an aesthetic thing not a necessity of the design…

      • Matze says:

        marvin… you haven’t been reading my comment properly. Your reply is invalid.

        most of the people with poor eyesight don’t have equally bad eyes. That means that one eye can “see better” that the other one. And that means that aswell that lenses aren’t the same. So if you swap the “Jekyll And Hyde”-glasses form black to white the lenses are getting swapped aswell. The right lens becomes the left lens and vice versa. The result: weird optics….

        considering you reply to nln:
        1. Why do you think that there are about different kind of glasses and shapes of lenses?! Because the people don’t care about lens shape?!?!
        4. It is an aesthetic thing if the glasses aren’t fixed proberly to your head?!!?!

        I’m stunned…

        • Marvin says:

          The lenses don’t get swapped….:O

          The legs swivel…. then you turn the lens around in the frame…. they don’t switch. aka that’s why you weren’t looking properly. so you don’t need to have equally bad eyes.

          1. ok that’s probably true. but it doesn’t rule out other symmetrical forms… only asymmetrical lens shapes. And you can probably get away with several asymmetrical shapes as well. :O again
          4. it’s an aesthetic thing that they chose for the legs to be this way in the current design I don’t think it can’t be changed to accomodate other designs. Ahw my gawd get out of here…

          be stunned… >

          • Jason says:

            if the lenses are turned around, that’s not gonna work…cuz the lenses are concave mirror, if it rotates 180 degrees it becomes convex mirror which is not the same

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  • nln says:

    Very interesting idea.
    But there are drawbacks
    1. the lens shape has to be symmetrical along its center and become
    lack of variety in terms of shape. not appealing to many people.
    2. the extra hinges, outer frame, and inner frame design that allow
    you to switch left to right/up and down will add extra weight on frame
    3. lack of “face tilt”. the distance between the bottom of lens and
    your cheek should be a little smaller than the distance between the
    top of lens and your eyebrow, so you achieve the best optics.
    Otherwise, it will give you distortion on the peripheral vision.
    4. since the temples (arms of frame) are straight back design in order to allow
    flipping, they wouldn’t hold on to the back of your ears very tight.
    blah blah blah…
    so if I’m the buyer, I wouldn’t order frames like this, not very
    practical for real life. probably yes in sci fi.
    Maybe the designer can reconsider the design to make it more practical

  • Adam Z says:

    There are certainly some issues to address with these glasses. But hey, it is at least an interesting study in design, right? Right?

  • that_guy says:

    It’s an awesome idea, but sadly I don’t think it would work for most people who use glasses that is unless they’re eyes take the same ‘script… mine do not

  • Coolguy says:

    Interesting idea! But i dont think the concept will work

  • Denis Loubet says:

    The glasses would work better if you could flip them top to bottom. You flip the glasses to get the other color, flip each lens in its frame top to bottom to maintain the proper orientation to the eye to account for possible astigmatism. Flip the legs around to expose the other color and catch your ears, and you’re done.

  • Denis Loubet says:

    You’d have to be able to flip the nosepiece too.

  • Ardeshir says:

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  • Eyewear Specialist says:

    The concept is good, graphic is cool.

    But the designer has no basic knowledge of spectacle.

    It totally doesn’t work in practical.

    1. Lens front and back surface can be flat if no prescription, but created lot of reflection even it apply Multicoated.

    2,mechanism on the hinge part (joint at the fordable temple are) was totally wrong too. It should lock at 180 degree.

  • paul sandip says:

    why all this?

  • AndyL says:

    The premise is wrong.

    Prescription lenses are dirt cheap. The only things that are expensive are 1) designer frames, and 2) the huge markup at “one hour glasses” places.

    Go online to a place called Zenni Optical or one of its many competitors and get ten pairs for the price of a single pair at the mall. Problem solved.

    As for this design, it really only works with very basic prescriptions.

  • Jimmy C says:

    Being a wearer of glasses, I’m not sure if this is practical. The biggest problem is that the eyes normally do not have equal prescriptions. So somehow, you have to make it so that flipping over the left side turns it to the prescription of the right eye, and vice versa.
    But if this were possible, I would love to try a pair. Good luck!

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