Framed gold and platinum records used to be common on the walls of music business executives until black vinyl LPs gave way to CDs. But not only were classic LPs hanging on the wall of Budapest eyewear manufacturer Vinylize’s Vision Expo exhibitor’s booth at the Javits Center, they were being used this time to make frames—eyeglass frames.
“Everything is made out of the records,” said Zack Milaskey, founder of Vinylize—a division of Tipton Eyeworks. “I had been making frames out of metal and wanted plastic, and found a stack of vinyl records in our workshop and decided to make them out of that.”
At first Milaskey recycled his father’s album collection, then salvaged Eastern European vinyl from flea markets. While the albums themselves may have worn out from being played, they now wear well in their new incarnation, aided by a proprietary treatment enabling them to withstand heat–with the original musical microgrooves still intact.