machu pichu

Clean Contrast

This crisp photograph of Machu Pichu required two things from its frame. It needed something stark to compliment the high contrast in the photo, but which would not distract from the bright color and copious detail. We opted for the classic black frame/white mat combination, but with a few playful twists.

Because the city depicted in the photograph is so ancient, we didn’t want the frame to look too modern. Rather than a standard, contemporary, flat black frame, we chose a more traditional, carved moulding. The finish is an antique black, with several purposeful nicks to show distress.

Though the black of the frame stands out against the pure white mat, we wanted to play up the contrast a little more by adding a black fillet. A fillet is a thin, extra lip of moulding that typically fits under the bevel of the mat to add detail.

The vintage charm paired with the sleek, clean feeling of black-and-white makes for a piece that can blend with all kinds of decor. The overall effect is a crisp, classical look.

22k sunburst frame

Custom Carved 22K Gold Frame

new custom carved #22k sunburst corners for our favorited Alphonse #Mucha.. coming up shortly (at Paris Framemakers)


Elegant Simplicity

In the world of framing, simplicity is key. Sometimes the most straightforward choice is the strongest one, especially when dealing in black and white. For this striking Robert Mapplethorpe poster, we chose a black frame with a slightly wider face. The proportions and sleek coloring draw just enough attention, and provides a clean finish. The white border around the image is equal to the width of the frame, and thus offers no distractions or strains on the eye. The overall effect is as starkly austere as the image itself.


Old World Flavor with a Contemporary Twist

We recently framed a small, cracked, oil painting of Venice. The piece was in need of polishing for more than aesthetic reasons; the wood panel  had literally snapped down the middle and the painting was in two pieces!

Because the wood was so light, we were able to safely mount the halves onto a silk-wrapped mat board. We chose a very pale and creamy green that perfectly matched the highlights on the buildings.

Now that the painting was whole and in stable condition, we wanted to celebrate the antiqued charm and bring out the inherent beauty of its wear-and-tear. To do that we floated the piece in a deep shadow box, so that the irregular edges are visible, and the viewer is aware of the piece as a physical object as well as a transporting image.

We settled on one of our handmade maple frames with a “Light Teak” finish. Light Teak is a satiny black wash, which mingles with the natural tone of the maple and takes on greenish undertones. The overall effect is a very clean, contemporary look–that doesn’t forgot its classical roots with muted greens and silk.



When you walk past our storefront at 2642 Broadway, you’ll notice more than just a wide selection of frame samples. On our walls you’ll find a captivating group of artworks that represent examples of our framing techniques.

Daniel John Gadd is a painter who lives and works in Montclair, New Jersey. Directly to the left of our front door you’ll find his thickly textural and loosely figurative paintings, framed in our custom-made, hand-leafed floater frames. The warm silver finish on the frames allows the subtle pastel tones in the paint to stand out and shine. Check out his website ( for more examples of his work and for information on his upcoming shows.