Recycling may be expected, but that doesn't mean the results can't be exceptional. CustomEyes by Nadar Zadi crafts contemporary frames from a collection of antique eyewear in white and yellow gold, spanning 200 years. Zadi rejects contemporary mass eyeglass manufacturing methods. His showroom is based in Manhattan's Upper East Side, and is helmed by Zadi, himself, who employs old-world techniques to turn out custom-made specs on par with a piece of jewelry, fitted to your personal tastes. With frames so smart-looking, you'll swear you missed your calling in nuclear fusion.

Story by Nicole Zerillo. This article originally appeared in Plenty in August 2008. This story was added to

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