THE MONC BLOG

Welcome to The MONC Blog, our Journal on all things that are happening and inspiring us in the MONC studio.

THE CALEY BROTHERS ON THE POWER OF FUNGI

THE CALEY BROTHERS ON THE POWER OF FUNGI

On the journey of designing our new mycelium packaging, we’ve been exposed to the wonderful world of fungi, and it has been truly fascinating. One of the best parts of working with mycelium has been the people this material has led us to, including Lorraine and Jodie from the Caley Brothers, the talented duo behind our living fungi wreath.

GROW - Transforming communities with urban farming

GROW - Transforming communities with urban farming

A farm is not what you might tend to associate with eyewear, but sharing the same key values, MONC found its way to GROW. Last week we had the pleasure of visiting GROW, our new Charity Partner via 1% for the Planet.
Inside the Magical Mushroom Factory

Inside the Magical Mushroom Factory

We visited the Magical Mushroom company's Esher factory to see how this industry disrupting material is replacing plastics in the packaging industry.

 

Grow from Mycelium: Our new packaging is a bio-contributor

Grow from Mycelium: Our new packaging is a bio-contributor

Our new packaging harnesses the potential of agricultural waste and fungi, one of the world’s oldest natural recycling systems. Grown from mycelium, the root-like system of fungi, it is home-compostable within 45 days.
MONC X Monocle - A Collaboration born on Chiltern Street

MONC X Monocle - A Collaboration born on Chiltern Street

Introducing the MONC X Monocle reedition Chiltern frame. A collaboration by Chiltern street neighbours, this redesign of our iconic Chiltern frames celebrates subtle sophistication with a powerful silhouette.
The reality of retail design

The reality of retail design

In response to the rapid succession of eyewear brands appearing and disappearing, we wanted to touch on sustainable retail design and low impact visual merchandising that we believe should be the norm.
Altina Schinasi Miranda & The Harlequin Frame

Altina Schinasi Miranda & The Harlequin Frame

When designing Södermalm, we poured ourselves over an archive of eyewear inspiration, and in doing so, we came across the story of a remarkable woman with a story worth celebrating.

Spark by Studio Roosegaarde - A Sustainable Firework Alternative

Spark by Studio Roosegaarde - A Sustainable Firework Alternative

The 5th of November marks the anniversary of the 1605 Gunpowder plot. With firework displays and festivities, it’s a celebration loved by children and many adults alike, but what often gets over looked is the environmental impact of these displays.

In the Frame: Sam Binstead

In the Frame: Sam Binstead

Welcome to ‘In The Frame’ - our recurring feature in which we chat to inspiring individuals, and find out what makes...

What to see at London Design Festival 2023

What to see at London Design Festival 2023

One of our favourite things about September has to be the London Design festival.

There’s tonnes to explore, but we decided to round up the key events at the top of our ‘must see’ list.

Why We Reintroduced Mineral Glass Lenses to Our Sunglasses

Why We Reintroduced Mineral Glass Lenses to Our Sunglasses

In use since the birth of optics, mineral glass lenses have undergone several hundred years of innovation. It might seem...

In The Frame With Siôbhan Corbin

In The Frame With Siôbhan Corbin

From her journey towards becoming a sustainability advisor, to five people dead or alive that she’d invite to her ideal dinner party - we got chatting to Siôbhan Corbin while shooting our new Frame Leith.