Unique Floater Frame

We framed this oil painted portrait on canvas by artist Brad Livingstone Black with a unique floater frame: 1-½” face x 2″ depth with a white wash face and natural maple sides. The thickness of the frame gives the piece a substantial quality and the color differentiation gives it a sharp edge with a contemporary flare.

Brad is a contemporary artist based in NYC. He is a delight to work with and we love his art. www.livingstoneblack.com

Elegant Framing

We framed this beautiful stylized landscape print on paper recently for an elegant home with a transitional style, so the finished product needed to fit with the environment. The image has a white border with a large artist’s signature at the bottom right corner, so we naturally floated it on a simpatico off-white board to match the art paper as close as possible.  We next chose a rounded profile 1-1/2″ wide with a beautiful curved shape to it as well as an antique white gold finish. The profile and finish compliment the artwork nicely, and it will mesh well with the client’s home environment in a soft soothing way.

Float mounting Photographs

We recently float mounted a series of black and white family photos. Pictured here is a 4×6″ photo that we dry mounted and added a 4ply reverse bevel lift underneath. We floated it on a white rag board with 3/8″ float space to see all around; and lastly we added rag board spacers to keep the Museum Glass away from the photo surface.  We chose a simple flat white frame with a thin face (5/8″), which disappears along with the thin white float space allowing the image to pop forward.

Float Mounting a photo is a contemporary way to showcase a photograph, especially a family photo. This method is usually done on contemporary work. Walead Beshty, a well known abstract photographer who specializes in photograms, started doing this type of framing and mounting of his pieces a few years ago. Since then it has been trending among photographers to add a sharp contemporary look to any piece.

Contemporary Gilding

We recently framed this beautiful abstract print with a contemporary gilded frame. Firstly, we chose an antique white mat board to compliment the warmth of the art paper. We gave it about 3-4″ with a slight drop at the bottom for gravity. Then we chose a very simple profile, clean and elegant in any finish: ½ Face x 1-1/2″ Depth. And lastly to add the cherry on top, we chose to make the finish a clean sharp moon gold. We decided on moon gold for the warmth of the tone, which fits this piece perfectly, but also to set it off: to make it special. This piece is going to be featured in a prominent place in the client’s home so it had to be a knockout.