Any vintage piece of Futura eyewear is highly collectible and can cost thousands of pounds. Produced by the Austrian company Silhouette in the mid Seventies, this range of futuristic frames and lenses, with their references to visors and space suits, epitomise the Space Age and a wonderfully optimistic, very Seventies idea that in the future all will be different and better. Futurism had played a part in eyewear design from the Fifties onwards, but in Futura this reaching for the future finds itself ‘sitting in a tin can, far above the world’ as David Bowie once sang. Futura’s rocket fuel was imagination and optimism, faith in technology, in design itself. In 2014, the range was relaunched but not successfully. Current trends in eyewear are nostalgic and retrospective, so maybe we’re not optimistic enough to gaze into infinity in a pair of Space Age Futuras now.