VAVA x CIANI COLLAB

COLLABORATION WITH SUZANNE CIANI 

“It’s not about the sound, It’s about the way the sound moves.”

Suzanne Ciani and VAVA have teamed up to develop a capsule collection of eyewear, inspired by Suzanne’s passion for the Buchla and quadraphonic soundscape exploration.

The collaboration with the musician, pioneer of the 70’s electronic genre, is born to highlight the link between cultured electronic music and design.

The collection, made in Germany, and crafted using sustainable, bio-based 3D printing techniques, features bold geometric elements that draw inspiration from Buchla’s intricate design and layout.
Colors used in Buchla cords and connectors are incorporated in the design, and like in Buchla, they become eye-drawn elements connecting everything. The eyewear seamlessly blends sound and movement into its design, representing how Suzanne approaches music-making.

Another key aspect of this collaboration is the use of mineral crystal lenses in the sunglasses. This reinforces the unique nature of the brand. VAVA believes that only the natural purity of the glass can ensure the best optical precision of a lens and the inalterability of its characteristics in time, along with its typical and unique transparency.

VAVA uses exclusively Barberini lenses across all models in the acetate series. For many years, Barberini has been synonym of excellence in the optical glass sun lenses segment. Barberini was among the first companies in the field to achieve the UNI EN ISO 14001 Environmental Certification, meaning that all its manufacturing plants have zero-waste status.

As an artist, Ciani has always pushed boundaries and defied expectations, and this collaboration with VAVA is no exception. The capsule collection represents the intersection of design and technology and how both can be used to express individuality and creativity.
The collection is a celebration of the Buchla and how it has shaped Ciani’s artistic vision, but it is also a tribute to the power of the music coming of this sound machine. By combining their unique perspectives and talents, VAVA and Ciani have created a truly unique and innovative collection of eyewear that is sure to inspire both fashion and music lovers alike.

SUZANNE CIANI

Born in Indiana, United States, with roots from Italy, Suzanne Ciani is a five-time grammy award-nominated composer, a neo-classical recording artist, and an electronic music pioneer who found early success in the ‘70s by creating various special electronic effects on the Buchla, a modular synthesiser, like platinum-selling Meco’s Star Wars, sounds for the Xenon Pinball machine, becoming the first human female voice in a game. Suzanne also provided voice and sounds for Coca-Cola’s pop-and-pour sound and a lot of more famous sounds that we hear in day-to-day life. Giving her the title: “Diva of the Diode”.

Having released over 20 solo albums, Suzanne Ciani has a creative career full of movement and respect for sound, making her one of the most creatively successful female composers in the world and receiving the Independent Icon Award from A2IM and is the first woman to receive the Moog Innovation Award, that recognizes artists who have contributed to the exploration of sound in popular music and beyond.

DISCOGRAPHY

YOUTUBE

LIVE PERFORMANCE AT ACNE FASHION SHOW, PARIS 

SUZANNE CIANI AND METROPOLE ORKEST AT ADE

SUZANNE CIANI AT THE LETTERMAN SHOW, 1980

CHLOÉ FRAGRANCE, SOUND DESIGN

"HAVE A COKE HAVE A SMILE" COMERCIAL, SOUND DESIGN

ATARI VIDEO GAME SUMMER BY SUZANNE CIANI

BUCHLA

Suzanne Ciani’s relationship with the Buchla synthesizer is a unique and profound one. The Buchla, designed by Don Buchla in the 1960s, is known for its unconventional approach to sound synthesis and its distinctive, otherworldly sound. Ciani was one of the earliest and most prominent musicians to embrace the Buchla, using it to create groundbreaking electronic music that pushed the boundaries of what was possible with sound.

Ciani’s mastery of the Buchla is a testament to her creativity and skill as a musician, as well as to the unique properties of the instrument itself. Unlike other synthesizers of the time, the Buchla was not designed to replicate traditional acoustic instruments, but instead to create entirely new sounds and textures. This approach appealed to Ciani’s experimental and adventurous spirit, and her use of the Buchla helped to define the sound of electronic music in the 1970s and beyond.

The collaboration with the musician, pioneer of the 70’s electronic genre, is born to highlight the link between cultured electronic music and design.

Born in Indiana, United States, with roots from Italy, Suzanne Ciani is a five-time grammy award-nominated composer, a neo-classical recording artist, and an electronic music pioneer who found early success in the ‘70s by creating various special electronic effects on the Buchla, a modular synthesiser, like platinum-selling Meco’s Star Wars, sounds for the Xenon Pinball machine, becoming the first human female voice in a game. Suzanne also provided voice and sounds for Coca-Cola’s pop-and-pour sound and a lot of more famous sounds that we hear in day-to-day life. Giving her the title: “Diva of the Diode”.

Inspired by Suzanne’s passion for the Buchla modular synthesizer, CL0018 perfectly captures the retro-futuristic aesthetic of the iconic electronic instrument. The clean lines, sharp angles, and bold design of this model all draw inspiration from the intricate and innovative soundscapes that Suzanne has created with the Buchla over the years.

CL0020 is a sibling to the CL0018, sharing its retro-futuristic aesthetic. The clean lines, sharp angles, and bold design of this model all draw inspiration from the intricate and innovative soundscapes that Suzanne has created with the Buchla over the years.

CL0022 is a celebration of creativity, innovation, and a shared passion for the beauty of intricate design. It is a testament to the power of collaboration between two creative forces and represents the spirit of excellence that defines both VAVA and Suzanne Ciani.

Inspired by Suzanne’s fascination with the intricate and colorful cable connections of the Buchla modular synthesizer, CL0022 perfectly captures the mesmerizing beauty of the instrument’s design.

PRESENTATION AT PARIS FASHION WEEK

SOUND INSTALLATION IN PARIS

quadraphonic analog surround-sound

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CREDITS

Campaign Photography André Brito | andrebrito.com

Model . Suzanne Ciani
Fashion Stylist Nelson Vieira | nelson-vieira.com
Make-up & Hair Stylist . Joan Laqui | @joanlaquibeauty

Still-Life Photography Helder Bento | [email protected]

Creative Direction by VAVA

Special Thanks
THE Design | thedesign.pt
WrongWeather | wrongweather.net

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