Art Center Summit 2010: Projects & Partnerships in Sustainable Design

Abraham Peters

Product Design 2011

Abraham Peters was born in Mexico and immigrated to the US when he was 7 years old. He grew up playing the trombone and in a marching band throughout high school. He recently graduated from Art Center, where his emphasis was on designing on consumer electronics.


Saggassa Sunglasses


Art Center Student Gallery

Product Description

With a more sustainable system, minimal components and packaging, carefully chosen materials, and a design for disassembly, Saggassa sunglasses will set the standard in sustainable eyewear. Saggassa features stainless steel profile side bands that are easily removed and customized by the user. The frame is made with kebony wood, a new type of impregnated wood using no harmful chemicals and processed like untreated wood at the end of its life. Kebony lasts up to three times longer than chemically impregnated wood, and as it ages, changes color from brown to a beautiful grey with a silver patina.

Saggassa sunglasses are only sold online and shipped directly from the manufacturer to the consumer, minimizing fuel waste and electricity during the packaging and delivery phase.

Sustainable Goals & Strategies

The main goal of the design was to reduce the use of valuable raw materials while maintaining exceptional product quality. The design of Saggassa not only utilizes alternative materials and more efficient manufacturing processes, but also minimizes the number of components, limiting waste. The life of the product is maximized beyond the existing product life cycle to set the standard for future sunglass design. To improve the overall life cycle, the product was designed for ease of disassembly and recycling. The impacts generated by the distribution of the sunglasses were minimized through creation of just-in-time, direct delivery system.