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Floating Multiple Pieces in a Frame

Framing more than one piece in a frame is a popular way of presenting smaller art.  This works best for a series or pieces that are related to each other.  But window matting, when the mat cusps over the edges of the art, doesn’t always suit the art to be framed.  Floating the art above the back mat creates a unique and overall clean presentation.

These bright and contemporary Japanese prints have been cropped so the ink comes right to the edge of the paper.  We floated these pieces, side by side in the same frame above a white back mat, to allow the works to be completely exposed and play off each other.  The ½ inch shadow box within this frame paired with the raise of the art creates dimension within the frame while bringing the art forward in a unique and contemporary style.  This custom, hand-crafted wood frame has a gold unlaying finish that is exposed by the scraping of the top silver finish.  These two metallic tones work to highlight the gold and silver hues in the prints.  The brightness of the matting and frame helps to amplify the brilliant red and vermillion colors of the works.  All these elements together form a polished and vivid final presentation.

lace handkerchief

Laced Handkerchief

We are thrilled to be a part of our client’s creative journey. She stopped by with a beautifully detailed handkerchief. To mount the piece, we laced it to a blue silk mat. To the left is a detail photo of our distressed maple wood frame with an inside bevel. This frame is one of a kind, crafted by our factory especially for this project!

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Add depth to any frame

With the wide variety of commercial frame profiles we offer it is easy find the perfect frame design for any piece.  But sometimes the frame is not deep enough to create the unique effect the client is looking for.

This client brought a slender and simple print to be framed, liking the style of the ¼ inch raise of the art within a ½ inch shadowbox in the frame.  The frame that he was most drawn to had an inside depth of only ½ inch.  But our craftsmen were able to deepen the frame by adding a ½ inch built back, matching the white washed wood of the commercial profile beautifully.  This ensured the frame would expertly suit the client’s specifications.

The client wanted the broad off white border of the back mat to greater expose the dramatic raise of the piece.  The shadowbox in the frame allows the piece to effectively float within the frame.

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ash floater frame

Ash Floater Frame

Paris was thrilled to receive this completed piece from our factory this morning. The ash floater frame with a taupe stain was custom built, based on similar in-store samples, to fit the client’s specifications. When it comes to hand-finished framing, Paris is pleased to work with you to create a shape or stain to fit your needs and your artwork!

colorful floater frame

Unique Custom Floater Frame

A scarlet red stained, birds-eye maple floater frame provides this vibrant painting dramatic depth of within the frame while simultaneously lifting the piece quarter-inch to meet the viewers eye.  This unique framing method offers a variation from a standard mat by complimenting the intricate nature of this painting with the painted black interior of the frame.  The two inch floating margin within the frame gives the piece a wide border, therefore enhancing the bold colors of the painting.  There is no conflict between the image and the stunning shade of the stained wood frame.  With this border, the scarlet shade of the stain playfully amplifies the warm tones of the painting.

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The Opening

In this photo is a contemporary oil painting on board by La Roussou entitled “The Opening.”

The painting has a rich range of orange to burnt umber tones throughout the piece. We chose a maple frame with mahogany stain to pick up the dark background tones of the work.  The highlights of the painting are rich umber so we chose a purple heartwood liner.  We had it matched to the Showroom sample that worked with the piece seamlessly.

The end result is that the painting and frame are harmonious and speak well to each other.


Adventurous Austerity

Even when sticking to the golden rule of “less is more”, there are a lot of ways to get creative. Take for example this beautiful woodcut we framed recently. The piece itself is bold but diminutive; it needed a frame that wouldn’t overpower it, yet would match it’s strength of line and form.

We used one of our handmade maple moldings with a steep inner bevel, which gives the illusion of a delicately narrow face. The brushed steel finish compliments the energetic, scratchy lines of the woodcut. We chose a linen-wrapped mat with a rough texture and creamy-white tone in order to brighten the paper, which had yellowed over time. This we stacked over an 8-ply black mat, so that just the dark bevel shows, subtly outlining the piece and creating a very deep incline to match the outer slopes of the frame.

Even though there are no wild colors (thats a good thing!), this adventurous framing job strays far from the ordinary without relinquishing its sleek, modern elegance.

exotic wood frame

Using Exotic Woods to Enhance an Artwork

Here at Paris Framemakers, we carry a wide array of exotic woods available in natural finishes. These woods offer so much variation in color, texture, and grain pattern! Along with their aesthetic richness, these woods carry rich histories, which can add new depths to the works of art that they encase. Purpleheart, for example, comes from the very center of the peltogyne tree, which grows only in the tropical rainforests of Brazil, Guyana and Suriname. It turns a vivid purple color as soon as it is cut, and its unique grain resembles a series of tiny X’s.

Lacewood is the quartersawn lumber of the American sycamore tree. When cut this way, its grain resembles short interlocking strokes. These marks almost exactly mirror the distinctive brushwork in the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh. Recently, when searching for the perfect frame to enhance a small reproduction of Van Gogh’s “Rest Work (after Millet)”, we found that our Lacewood frame matched eerily well, both in hue and in pattern. Finding a naturally occurring match to Van Gogh’s signature style underscores his connection to the world around him, just as the art within is connected to the frame around it.

The possibilities are vast when it comes to natural wood finishes. Finding the perfect frame can not only create a beautiful piece of home decoration, but also place a work of art in historical, cultural and conceptual context. Natural woods are less austere than blacks or whites, but more sober than a painted color. They carry with them intimations of the trees they came from, and the faraway lands they grew upon.