Eye eye – Kings Cross estates are new designer icon

beaconsfield_buildings_1969Gentrification, love it or loathe it does all sorts of odd things to change how people perceive a neighbourhood. The estates and streets of ‘London’s trendy Kings Cross’ seem to have transcended edgy in the designer pantheon and are now genteel enough to name traditional designer products. Artisan designer types ‘Cubitts’ have gone Kings Cross-tastic with their glasses range. ‘

‘The materials employed were done so for function, but through use and wear, developed a rich patina and unintentional beauty.

As Michael Palin stated, ‘King’s Cross was not concerned with dazzle and decoration. It was built for purpose’.

Cubitts give us ‘The Bingfield

‘Introducing Bingfield.

With a classic panto round oval (PRO) lens shape, Bingfield is our modern interpretation of a timeless shape, which most recently had a renaissance in the early 90s.
Constructed from high grade stainless steel, Bingfield features custom titanium nosepads.  It is available in brushed gold and silver with traditional Windsor Rims (in Matte Black, Dark Turtle, Blonde and Amber), and in two sizes. Bingfield is named after Bingfield Street and Bingfield Park in northern King’s Cross. This now residential area, sandwiched between the railways lands and Caledonian Road, was once home to the notorious Beaconsfield Building. These were built by the Victoria Dwellings Association and housed at least 1,000 people in five storied walk-ups with external balconies.

and also: The Argyle with custom pin drilled rivets, The Ossulton, with acetate temples tips with custom cubitts detailing and the Pembroke with millimetre precision hand drilled acetate.  There is also a fetching cleaning cloth with an an original picture of Kings Cross, a steal at £3.50

‘The Cubitts cleaning cloth, oversized and extra thick. The cloth features an illustration by designer Lucy Dalzell. Her cityscape includes a building from each of the King’s Cross streets (from which our first frames were named), the Cubitt brothers and butterfly rivet (bottom left) and a small Harry Potter reference.”

Not a burning moped or dog turd in sight.

About William Perrin

Active in Kings Cross London and South Oxfordshire, founder of Talk About Local, helping people find a voice online and a trustee of The Indigo Trust and Tinder Foundation.
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