Zebrawood

We framed this small abstract canvas in a 3″ wide rounded edge floater frame made from zebrawood. Zebrawood is characterized by a striped pattern that is reminiscent of a zebra. The stripes in the wood work well with the movement in the artwork and the soft natural tone compliments the equally soft colors in the painting.

Painted Wood Finishes

We framed this beautiful paper collage mounted to a wood substrate in a simple hand-finished frame with wood spacers and float board to match.  Since the collage is mounted to a recessed wood substrate, it creates a hovering effect seeing the shadow underneath and all around the artwork creating a halo. We floated it on a wood panel, which is known as a floater base, with 1-1/2″ to see all around giving the art enough breathing room. We added a tall enough wood spacer to allow 1/2″ air space above the surface of the work. The frame is a simple profile with a flat thin face, 11/16 x 2″, painted to match the client’s wall paint: a Benjamin Moore color, Athena #858. The frame, floater base and spacers all match so they disappear. Lastly we added Optium Plexi to protect the artwork from UV rays and also to provide an anti-reflective quality which is less distracting to the viewer.

Overall the framing will disappear on the client’s wall since the color matches, which allows the beautiful artwork to pop forward as if hovering in space effortlessly.

Period Framing

We framed this 3″ x 3″ antique miniature oil painted portrait in a 2″ wide antique white gold scoop profile. The frame suits the period of the painting as well as the frame finish. White gold was more fitting for the blue/grey background of the portrait We antiqued the finish to make it more of-the-period, adding worm holes as well for authenticity. This mini portrait is truly a treasure.

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.

Shadow Boxes for Object Framing

Shadow box framing for objects, such as these pictured here, serve as a unique and creative way to preserve the importance of these objects and the memories they hold.

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.

Floater Frames

Here at Paris Frameworks, Floater Frames come in a wide variety of finishes and profiles. These frames are generally used for paintings on canvas, but they can also be used for paintings on board or diasec mounted photographs. Floater frames allow the entire artwork to be seen, showing all the edges. A typical float space to see is usually ¼” but this can be expanded to give a more dramatic look adding more air space around the artwork.

Unique Installation

Today we installed a beautiful gilded mirror frame onto a closet door covered in tapestry. Below the frame we installed a sawed off chair seat in a similar gilded tone to the frame finish. The frame is not resting on the chair, but it gives the illusion that it is. The end result defies the eye.
Create art in your own home! And if you need help, our install and design team will help along the way.

Dutch Frames

From as early as the 10th and 11th centuries the Dutch have been able to showcase their financial, mercantile, and cultural successes through their artistry. The manner in which they framed their art was an extremely important aesthetic element that helped to accentuate the portrayal of Dutch paintings. The climax of Dutch artistic accomplishment most definitively occurred during the 16th and 17th centuries with the establishment of the Dutch Republic in 1609 and the development of the Dutch East India Company.  Not only were they able to support their artistic endeavors by means of their excessive wealth from international trade, but the Dutch were also able to exhibit their national pride by incorporating themes of power and sovereignty into their art.

Unique Floater Frames

We framed a Davy Brown painting on board in a unique floater frame called a Joan Mitchell floater, which has a high steeped edge.  Since the painting is on board, we gave it 1/2″ lift underneath, which can’t be seen but literally elevates the piece so it doesn’t rest directly on the frame giving it a bit of a shadow effect. Next we floated it 2″ to see all around in a unique Joan Mitchell floater frame in white. The high steep edge compliments the architectural landscape scene while also making it more contemporary.  A landscape painting can easily become traditional but we chose to make this piece more contemporary.

Framing Tapestries

We framed the above Scottish silk tapestry for a client and we are thrilled with the results. The piece itself is fragile and has suffered some damages throughout, given its age and delicacy. Framing the piece is the first step in its preservation.  We chose a walnut burl ogee frame with an antiqued silver liner to set it off. The burl of the frame has a soft tooling which softly compliments the natural buckling of the silk, mimicking the gentle waves and movement. We added anti-reflective Museum Glass for protection as well as an archival spacer to keep the glass away from the art.

Bring us your fabric and tapestry pieces to us and let’s see how we can preserve your piece of history for the next generations to come.

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Linen Liners

Decorative. Functional. We like the way Linen Liners offers a subtle architectural element for your artwork and a practical alternative to matting. Historically used with oil paintings, the liner fits between your artwork and the frame. Ultimately, a clever border on any artwork. Available with both bright white and natural linen and a variety of other fabric choices in many colors as well.

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Mat Design

Here at Paris Frameworks we take pride in our mat design.  We can produce a mat in a variety of widths, thicknesses (4ply, 8ply, 12ply, 16ply & 20ply), colors and materials (including fabrics in linen and silk). We can also do French matting to match a previous design, or we can come up with a new design. Another idea is using mat fillets, gold leaf liners and also painted bevels – all in a huge variety of designs, colors and finishes. Not to mention that we have every shade of white to cream mat board that you can possibly imagine.

Come check out our vast collection of mats and designs, and let’s see what we can do for you and your artwork.

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Hand Crafted

Evidence of framing dates back at least 2 CE in Egypt. Originally, artists and craftsmen used a single piece of wood for the painting and the frame. This practice persisted until the 12th and 13th centuries. People then started using four strips of wood that attached at the corners. This style remains the one most commonly used for modern frames.

In this case, this traditional hand carved frame with gold vintage corners, with a pino finish, works as the perfect border of the art made by Kathleen Gavin (KAGMADE), young artist based in New York City.

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Dental Frames

We recently framed an Araki print, floating with spacers, in a Dental frame.  The frame and art speak to each other in an architectural sense creating a visual harmony. A dental frame is a unique design lending itself best to unique artworks such as this Araki print pictured here.

Dental frames can come in a variety of finishes and sizes. If you have a unique abstract or architectural piece, bring it to us at Paris Frameworks.