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.
These days, everyone's a photographer. In fact, that's one of the main inspirations Polaroid had when unveiling their Fotobars. With people taking billions of digital photos every year, the trusted photography company came up with a new way to make them last: turning them into classic Polaroid pictures. Each Fotobar location gives you access to printers that develop pictures from social media apps, your phone, or other devices with the iconic white Polaroid border. But that's not the extent of what can be created at a Fotobar. Pictures can also be enlarged, custom-framed, mounted, or printed onto bamboo and shipped straight to your home. Each design is sleek and professional, exuding the clean Polaroid aesthetic on products that you never have to shake unless you're using them to mix cocktails in a pinch.
Photographer Stuart Townsley uses a trained eye and high-tech equipment to capture memories into frameworthy prints and digital art, using 10 of LA's most attractive landmarks as backdrops. The famed local sites where he sets up camp—such as the roaring Pacific Ocean under Santa Monica Pier or the 1930s architecture and picturesque fountain of Union Station—elegantly complement subjects' smiling visages. His shutter snaps hundreds of times during each photo shoot, immortalizing the faces, poses, and secret handshakes of families and well-behaved pets. Well-versed in state-of-the-art retouching gear, Stuart unfurls his astutely edited creations onto glossy prints, canvases, and online albums.
Stuart's advice on what to wear and bring to shoots, garnered through 12 years of professional experience, conveniently resides online to aid in the selection of appropriate outfits for every mother, father, child, or hamster.
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.