My name is Ondřej Bek and I would like to share with you my story.
The idea for making glasses was concieved of when I bought a first pair of wooden glasses that were made in china, out of solid bamboo. After a short period of time of wearing them the temple part broke off and I decided to repair the glasses and with the use of angle gridner to improve them. At that point I got an idea for designing and manufacturing high quality wooden glasses in Czech republic.
With enthusiasm and zeal I set out to find a space suitable for housing a workshop. First idea was to find a place in a popular area of town in the center of Pilsen, that connects creative and culturally aware community of people. I could not have dreamt of a better place… welcome to the pilsen paper mill.
Purchasing the basic equipment and materials for production started off the process that lasted over two years from the initial steps. First thing to do was to come up with and build functional workshop that could provide for effective manufactoring environment in a limited space. Entire manufactoring process consists of more tha 70 different procedures. The bulk of time was spent designing special press, molds and picking the appropriate wood for quality product. I drew inspiration from the internet, youtube and from books. Building the first prototyoe took over 20 hours of work. Tenths of other prototypes that still didn’t satisfy my expectations from a quality product then followed. Most problems, that gradually presented themselves, were tied to finding suitable materials suppliers, quality optics or custom tools that had to be made according to my specifications.
In our showroom you can try out all of our designs of dioptric eyewear and sunglasses. We are also focusing on custom production and unique eyewear that are made to measure according to wishes of a customer.
Bekwood eyewear harvested other fruits. On April 17, 2018, we won the first place in the regional round of starting entrepreneurs in the T-Mobile Start-up awards.
PRAGUE DESIGN WEEK 2018
Following is a series of design shows. At Prague Design Weeku We won 2nd place in the best exposure category and best product nomination. 70 designers from the Czech and Slovak Republics participated in the selection events.
FOR OPTIK 2018
At the For Optik trade fair we won the prestigious GRAND PRIX Award for the design / technical parameters / functionality.
Bekwood is becoming more and more popular. Top fashion or design magazines started writing about our products and story.
Vision and future plans
Effort, determination and new visions are what propels Bekwood brand forwards. Working with natural materials is what always takes us step further and so you can experience with us our continuing story full of development and building of the brand from the first steps to the dream goals.