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.
At Right Angle, owner Pablo Godoy and his staff of skilled artisans complete each framing project in-house at one of three locations. They use museum-quality materials such as anti-reflective glass, Bainbridge cotton, and acid-free mat-boards. Using moulding styles by Larson-Juhl, the shop provides handsome settings for everything from treasured paintings to family heirlooms such as your grandpa's favorite chair.
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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.
Before the archivists of Art and Framing Gallery begin a project, they slip on pairs of cotton gloves. By sheathing their hands, they guard against fingerprints and finger-paints. Their dedication to museum-quality workmanship shines through each project, whether it's a same-day framing job or a standard three- to seven-day order.
In Art and Framing Gallery's showrooms, walls display more than 3,000 frame samples and acre upon acre of mats. Ready-made framed mirrors and artwork also share this space, which connects to in-house workshops. Here, craftsmen cut custom glass and piece together each project. They skillfully preserve artwork and portraits and excel with projects that require special care. They encase delicate antiques in UV-protective glass and display sports jerseys in cases that ward off wrinkling and grass stains.
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.