After apprenticing with master framers in Yorkshire and London, Heba Elbanna opened Tresorie, where she designs custom frames that archive cherished memories and reflect her clients' unique tastes. Drawing on nine years of French matting experience, she carefully applies transparent watercolor washes and hand-inked lines around matted works of art. This technique, which first arose in the late 18th century, was nearly quelled by the Industrial Revolution, a time of great societal change when the rise of precise machinery made hands obsolete. Fortunately, 20th-century artists revived the French matting technique, and today Heba often incorporates the classic designs into the framing of modern art pieces as well as contemporary photographs.
When she isn't painting delicate lines, Heba and her staff source frames from Larsen-Juhl and Roma Moulding, which come in styles ranging from slim and minimalistic to wide and ornate. Staffers can protect photographs and prints with simple, clear glass as well as museum quality, UV-resistant glass that reduces glare from grouchy portraits. In addition to cutting single, double, and multi-windowed mats, Heba also displays three-dimensional pieces—such as antique pipes and fans—inside specially designed frames. Customers can view Heba's handiwork on her online gallery and peruse samples of her French matting.
A family-owned business for more than 39 years, Matted and Frame Art personalize each customer interaction by custom fitting and designing frames for artwork, photos, and more. Just like purchasing a fashionable circus tent, the price goes up with size increases—a typical 8”x10” custom frame is $75. Stock frames, such as an 8"x10" preschool-diploma holder, run at $17.50, and a 16"x20" best-friend tribute collage outliner is $27.50. Frames come with all conservation materials, including glass matting, backing, and black-metal moulding on stock frames to be sure that art is preserved long after the walls it hangs on are rendered useless by holograms.
Jadite Gallery has been finding homes for wall decor for more than 30 years. That includes common works such as paintings, photographs, diplomas, and mirrors, as well as less common wall-hangings such as shadow boxes, needlework, delicate pieces in need of conservation framing, and high-end interdimensional portals. In fact, unique orders are their specialty, and the designers on staff encourage clients to request a price quote no matter how strange they think their job might be. The artists are armed with more than 4,000 framing options and acid-free materials, and are also equipped to assist with canvas stretching and floating mounts.
The staff at 14th Street Framing Gallery knows that you don't often choose what you cherish—it might be a photo, a sports jersey, or even a series of jewelry pendants. You can, however, choose how to present it. The shop has been matching coveted items to chic displays since 1978, drawing from a library of hundreds of matting and moulding styles. Staffers can preserve common two-dimensional keepsakes such as posters, prints, and paintings as well as specialty 3-D items and fabrics using shadow boxes.
In addition to their custom framing services, staffers repair frames brought from home or resize them to fit new pieces of art. Their attention to detail enables them to cut and rejoin even delicate antique frames that cracked after their portrait subjects outgrew them. For customers who want to arrange their own mementos or peruse home decor, the store supplies scrapbooking materials and prints.
One Hour Framing Shop in New York City’s Midtown has been in the business of professional framing for over thirty years. That means the dedicated team on hand knows a thing or two about the art of framing, whether that means an ornate gold gilt frame custom-fitted for a rare work of oil on canvas, or a box for sports memorabilia and precious family keepsakes. Each order is given equal care and relies only on the finest materials and craftsmanship; everything from prints and paintings to sports jerseys and display items are meticulously fitted and mounted. Along with several other locations across New York, this East 40th Street outpost is small but well-appointed, with hanging sections of dozens of frames to give customers a sense of their potential finished purchase, and – as the name indicates – many jobs can be done in an hour.
The family behind Decor Art Gallery has been crafting custom frames and culling fine artwork since 1987. In addition to swaddling cherished memories with elegant mouldings and mats, the store’s staffers offer printing, stretching, and repair services. When they aren't protecting memories behind panels of conservation glass, they fill the gallery’s expansive windows with distinctive home decor, including portraits of stylized dogs, paintings of impressionistic dancers, and maps of the mythological city of Philadelphia.