This is how Matteo Ragni and Doriano Mattellone met. And this is how W-Eye was born, a brand that is extraordinary in many ways.
Extraordinary for the concentration of friendships, relationships, lasting and solid relationships, made of esteem and projects.
Extraordinary because of the professional quality of the people who made W-Eye, including Antonio Stella, an optician from Milan (ASPESI 1910), who explains in a few words what is missing in a pair of glasses to make them really special.
Lastly, it is extraordinary for the upheaval that W-Eye has brought to the production landscape of the north-east, which in just a few years has been populated by alternatives full of life and future, by companies capable of facing the new without fear, questioning themselves, embracing the idea of a revolution in manufacturing that has solid foundations in the knowledge of the material and the experience of working it.
Doriano Mattellone confidently perceives the potential of bonded materials.
New, strong, flexible materials that improve nature and bring out its best.
This is what wood and aluminium are for: to create a material that is strong and light. Understanding what to do with it is a further step, which requires the ability to think about form in a freer way. And so Matteo Ragni entered the scene and, finally, in 2010 W-Eye arrived at Mido.
In 2011 the W-eye® frame has been nominated for the Silmo d’Or, the world’s most prestigious prize in the eyewear branch.
In 2013 a second nomination follows with the frame King Eider, made of mother of pearl superlativa® and designed by Matteo Ragni.
In the meantime W-eye® receives the National Prize for Innovation from the President of the Italian Republic.
In the same year W-eye® is listed in the ADI Design Index 2011.
In 2012 W-eye® is exhibited at the Triennale Museum of Milan, which collects the best products of Italian design.
In 2013 it is time for the Prize for Innovation of the ADI Design Index.