FrameStore's craftsmen have created more than 250,000 custom frames in the store’s 35-year tenure, designing pieces that now adorn the walls of prestigious institutions such as the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Ritz-Carlton, and the Walt Disney Company. Professional designers guide FrameStore’s clients through the 2,200 moulding options that can accent paintings and treasured items while adding style and elegance to rooms. The store’s craftsmen then fashion pieces to patron specifications, outfitting frames with classic or museum-quality glass that blocks UV rays from bleaching out images or censoring pictures of the moon. Every piece goes through a 16-point inspection before it is given to patrons, and the team averages a seven-day turnaround on all of its projects.
Stu and Jayne Zehngut have skillfully framed and displayed paintings, posters, and artwork at L.A. Art Exchange since 1987. Inside the 4,000-square-foot gallery and showroom, a team of educated artists and designers fits archival and acid-free materials over photos and memorabilia, using UV plexiglas and foam core. In addition to custom framing, the gallery’s services include shadowboxes, display cases, and computerized mat designs made with a Wizard 9000 mat cutter. On request, the machine cuts precise, swirling designs into mats and writes messages in pen on the surface whenever it starts to develop consciousness.
Racks of frames in a rainbow of woods, colors, and finishes hang from the walls of Frame 2000 and Frames Galore, ready to be custom-fitted to clients’ treasured images. With skills honed during more than 20 years in business, staffers can shield eclectic items, such as needlework, canvases, art prints, and mirrors, behind glittering glass. Specialized printing equipment can also produce full-size posters, transfer images to canvas, or accentuate a favorite alien-autopsy photo with Andy Warhol–esque pop-art effects.
Allan Jeffries has been providing friendly framing services to all sorts of picture possessors since 1984, including fine artists, professional photographers, and people who know someone who has been candidly captured within six feet of Kevin Bacon. The studio's team of talented framers specialize in museum-style archival methods and are well versed in the matting, mounting, and framing of both two- and three-dimensional pieces. Possible enclosable keepsakes including paintings, drawings, certificates and diplomas (around $100 with black wood frame and glass), limited-edition prints, posters (about $79 for a 24"x36", and about $89 for a 27"x40" movie-size poster with metal frame, drymount, and glass), family photos, children's art, coins, Roger Rabbits, and stitch-work projects. For the truly conservation-minded, a high-quality photograph with black wood frame, acid-free matte border, and UV-protective Plexiglas can run around $300. Allan Jeffries and his Jeffries will work with you to devise a framing plan that jives with your décor and budget, carried out with top-notch craftsmanship and care.