morandi

Traditional, Modern

This charming oil painting is both traditional and modern.  The still life subject matter is traditional, yet the composition and paint handling is strikingly contemporary.  Its linear arrangement of objects reminds us of Giorgio Morandi’s minimal take on the still life to re-invigorate painting in the early 1900’s.  The painting’s thick brush strokes and muted palette are also refreshingly modern.  In order to properly compliment this piece, we needed to select a frame that could match its interesting duality.

We found a perfect match with a handmade, Art Deco frame that also carried both modern and classic elements.  The rounded pattern throughout the frame mirrors the paintings texture, while the radiating corner design pulls the eye into the center of the piece.  Considering the painting’s shimmering highlights, we finished the frame with a masterfully applied gold leaf.  The final, framed piece glows with the warmth of gold while showcasing the painting’s beautifully nuanced surface.

industrial steel frame

Steel Frames and Industrial Content

This captivating photograph is full of mischief and drama.  The staged composition and the exaggerated lighting give it a theatrical quality that is reminiscent of Americana illustration.  The scene particularly references Norman Rockwell and Andy Warhol, but with a dark twist.  We sought to match the gritty, industrial textures in the image’s scenery with a handmade, steel frame.

Rather than highlighting the lighter tones in the image with a modern white frame, we chose the steel for its industrial fabrication, its neutral dark tone, and its metallic highlights.  When light bounces off the frame at its edges, a light grey tone is produced that matches the appliances and wires in the image.  Simultaneously, the darker, raw texture of the steel beautifully compliments the high contrast shadows present in the figures and background.  The welded seams of the frame’s corners lend the piece a particularly intriguing detail.  We find the raw, metallic tones in this custom frame to be a perfect match for the picture’s dark, behind-the-scenes setting.