Earlier this year, as a response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New York City-based designer Joe Doucet conceptualised a fashionable and protective face shield known as the Vue Shield. Following the success of his conceptual design, he is now set to launch the product in the market. The Vue Shield is a curved, transparent polycarbonate protector that can be worn like a pair of sunglasses. Unlike other face shields, this lightweight visor has a sleek and futuristic design and also features integrated, dark sunglass lenses and a sun protection coating.
Fashion Meets Functionality
“Studies have shown that face shields or visors are much more effective than surgical style face masks, but in their current, basic format they are uncomfortable and awkward. To try and create a face shield that people would actually want to wear rather than simply put up with, Joe Doucet has designed a shield with integrated sunglass lenses and arms that make them more practical and feel less alien and intrusive on the wearer,” says a spokesperson from Joe Doucet’s studio, Joe Doucet X Partners.
A Design for All
The Vue Shield is currently available for preorder on vueshield.com and its release date is set for 16, November 2020. It is offered in three varieties—Women’s Vue Shield, Men’s Vue Shield and Clear Vue Shield. These chic shields are reusable and easy to clean and disinfect. They are also designed to accommodate a face mask for those desiring additional safety.
Comfortable and Chic
Doucet designed the Vue Shield in such a way so as to encourage people to wear it. “I felt the most important thing was to create a form of PPE that people would actually want to wear, rather than wear begrudgingly or merely out of fear, so creating a shield that is comfortable and with features that improve our day-to-day lives seemed the best way to encourage mass adoption. I hope Vue Shield demonstrates that good design serves a purpose and can improve lives beyond mere aesthetics,” states Doucet.
In addition to providing protection against viruses, the Vue Shield also has a number of other features. It is equipped with a SPF 50 to provide an all-over UVA and UVB protection. Additionally, each shield has an anti-fog coating to minimise the nuisance of fogging and make it disappear quickly. Finally, the Clear Vue Shield is perfect to wear indoors and at workplaces as it comes with a blue light safeguard, protecting eyes from screen stress.
All varieties of the Vue Shield are priced at $39 (INR 2,858) and Joe Doucet X Partners has announced that they are also working on a children’s version, which will be launched soon.
Via :Architectural Digest