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FRAMING SUPPLIER IDEA RESOURCES

Some of our suppliers have consumer-friendly idea resources.   Others have quite simple presentations of their products.  Since they are wholesale suppliers to the trade, most do not include pricing.  They are generally not friendly to “browsing” by the general public.

But by including this information, we will have mutual access to look at colors and styles while discussing a project or specific piece or location, for example.  So we have included a few to view and use for these purposes.

CRESCENT.   One of a couple of the leading suppliers of art papers, matboards and mounting boards worldwide.  Based in Illinois, it provides a wide array of decorative, conservation and museum grade mat and mount boards and spend significantly on understanding color trends.  Once you arrive at their site, please note the link on the bottom to their Color Forecast and Trends.

FRANK’S FABRICS.  North American distributor of fabrics used in the design and execution of fine framing packages.  Frank Chavez is nearly an institution in the industry.  He leads a team that is a wonderfully creative and helpful resource.  The highlighted link is to their design ideas page, but check out the embossed matting ideas.  We do a lot of that.

LARSON-JUHL.   Worldwide distributor of picture framing materials and supplies is a subsidiary of Berkshire-Hathaway.  Is the largest supplier to the custom picture framing industry in North America.  The link is to their consumer site featuring a number of their collections showcased in style-based settings.

NIELSEN-BAINBRIDGE.    Another leading supplier of matboards and mountboards serving the art and framing industries.  It has one of the largest arrays of matboard color and texture, and many are available in regular decorative boards as well as conservation grade materials containing a material called “zeolite” that acts much like carbon in attracting acids, lignins and airborne pollutants and suppressing them to protect your artwork.

NURRE CAXTON.   Near the top of the heap of premiere providers of sleek, sophisticated and contemporary frame styles.  Hand polished, furniture finish profiles with wax finish patinas.  An affiliate company has a wide array of extruded and specialty finish aluminum frames in profiles and finishes ranging from basic anodized and painted to exquisite hammered and aged, and powder-coated finishes.

ROMA MOULDING.   Did anyone mention Italian?  Roma is a thoroughly (Canadian) Italian company that still manufactures all of its incredible mouldings in Italy.  The cradle of beautiful design and craftsmanship is Italian, with entire neighborhoods where virtually every business is somehow related to crafting fine mouldings, is a perfect backdrop for this company that, year after year, is an art and home furnishings design leader.  You’ll enjoy the ambiance of this site for sure!

STUDIO MOULDING.  Consistently high quality, even on the frames with competitively modest prices.  Strong but simple design elements.  Always a classy look, lots of natural and veneer wood finishes, with special collections like a wide variety of quality matte whites and blacks, as well as lots of current colors.  Great supplier, good people, worth a look!