Custom Shadowbox for Delicate Paper Cutting

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For this delicate paper cut piece, we built a custom shadow box and lined it with cream colored satin fabric.  The frame moulding is Italian crafted with a walnut veneer and beeswax finish.  The art is suspended to give a “floating” appearance.  This allows light and shadows to flow through and highlight the intricate paper cuts within the art.  This piece is finished with museum glass which is non-glare, UV protected, and offers perfect clarity.

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Beautiful Vintage Inspired Black Frame

This is one of our favorite projects from last week.  Though we offer the same pre-mounted  fabric mats you may see at other frame shops, we also craft our own hand-wrapped fabric mats from scratch, which allows our clients nearly limitless choices in fabric colors and textures.  We hand-wrapped this mat with a heavy textured linen and finished the edges with a simple black fillet.  With the help of one of our frame designers, our client chose a beautiful vintage inspired italian frame moulding to pair with her art.  The project is finished with museum glass which offers 99% UV protection and perfect clarity.


Framed Vintage Passport Photos

These passports once belonged to the mother and father of one of our clients.  After her parents passed away, she wanted to display their old passports side-by-side to honor the journeys they made together.  We used a special order Nurre Caxton frame, and mounted each passport so they appear to be floating on fabric.  They are also set back slightly from the glass, to both preserve them, and allow the passport to fold slightly, as it would if one were holding it.

Framed Sports Trading Card Collection

We recently created this very large custom frame to fit our clients collection of sports trading cards.  The custom design included archival floating of the trading cards within six symmetrical mat openings, each lined with a gold fillet.

Our Frames After They Leave Our Shop

We always love to see how our work has become a part of our client’s homes.  A longtime client sent us these photos of several pieces we have framed for her over the years.  The close up photo is of a painting she bought at our recent parking lot sale over the summer, and is framed with a Jonathan Adler custom frame moulding.

Hand Painted French Lines

Here is a project we created to display our client’s collection of antique bird prints.  The gold and powder blue lines on the matting, traditionally referred to as “french lines”, were hand painted by our staff.


Custom Framed Lightbox

This is a project we recently designed and built for a longtime client, to display the work of artist Faiza Butt.  This piece was drawn in ink onto to translucent film and then mounted to an acrylic box by the artist.  We built a custom-made light panel to illuminate the acrylic box from within, and concealed the fixture with a specially made frame.

Framed Wedding Invitation

We often frame wedding invitations as gifts for new couples, and this project not only serves as a great example of our work, but also has a special story behind it.  The bride and groom are friends of one of our owners, and put a lot of thought into designing a playful and unique invitation, only to have almost all of them disappear in the mail.  Our owner was able to get her hands on the last surviving invitation, and preserve it for the couple to have forever.  To complement the couple’s wedding colors, she chose to float the invitation on a grey silk hand-wrapped mat that has subtle yellow fibers woven into the fabric.  Congratulations to the new couple!

Framed Artwork From Dumela Contemporary African Art’s Annual Summer Show


Leila Green and Nancy McDaniel, the partners behind Dumela Contemporary African Art’s Annual Summer Show, were kind enough to send us these images of the framing we did for their pop-up gallery this year.  Nancy and Leila travel extensively throughout East and Southern Africa, and bring back incredible artwork from emerging African artists for their shows.



Ornate Framed Etching

One of our custom frame designers, artist Matt Bergbauer, designed this frame to display some of his own work.  He describes his process:

“I finally decided to frame a tiny etching I had done a few years ago. I wanted to have the look of an extravagant renaissance masterpiece, since it is a copy of a Rembrandt self portrait. I decided to set the piece on top of an olive green fabric with a prop behind it so the piece looks like it is floating. It is then surrounded by a upward sloping liner wrapped in the same olive fabric, giving the piece some added depth and dimension. Finally, I chose a large, ornate bronze moulding with museum glass to finish it off.”