Peter Coombs

Designer Jeweller Metalsmith


In 1985 I made my first pair of spectacles whilst studying for a Bachelor of Design (majoring in Jewellery and Metalsmithing) at The University of South Australia. They were reminiscent of 'Jules-Verne-under-the-sea-the-Apocalypse-is-coming' which was very much about what was going on in the '80s - clunky but funky.  

From there evolved a 30 year journey exploring alternative, innovative ways to form and colour a variety of precious and refractive metals. A back-to-basics approach along with a good understanding and respect for mechanical construction has driven a fascination with a frame’s hinge design element. This is a constant and defining feature in the evolution of my eyewear. Similarly with my bespoke jewellery, I enjoy the ongoing challenge of resolving designs that deliver longevity, comfort and functionality for the wearer.

Inspiration for my work is found in everyday life and most importantly in the people that I meet and the ideas and interactions that ensue.

My mission is to deliver unique art, lively expression and a subtle confidence to those who choose to enhance their own personality with the Peter Coombs flavour. I don’t believe that my art is for everyone which is why it is so rewarding to connect with those who subscribe to my vision.

I think of Peter Coombs eyewear as ‘Jewellery for the Face’. All pieces are limited and rare if not one-off designs and many have been the result of private commissions over the years. Some I have just made because I needed to prove that I could.

This is my art. All frame design and construction starts and finishes with me - at my bench - in my studio - in Adelaide, South Australia.