As we enter the last few days of 2019 it’s always fun to look back on all the projects that have made up the year and have brought us to where we are today. We can’t help but feel overwhelmed with gratitude as we reflect on some of this year’s favourite designs.
The Alouettes Project
We loved the challenge of coming up with a design for each jersey that would ensure they looked uniform on the wall together and at the same time allow for individual accents that reflected the era of each jersey.
The Pink Truck Project
The items that are brought in and the characters and stories behind them inspire great design ideas. Our client owns the sweetest looking vintage pink pick-up truck and had recently embarked on an epic road trip that led to a featured article in a popular automotive magazine.
In order to bring the whole story to life we designed a Robert’s cut frame in shiny pink and purple and then lined the interior with cut outs from the magazine. So that the article stood out from the exciting background, we mounted it with a dark border and then floated it above the background to give it depth and dimension. In this case, the framing design truly lived up to the impressive story behind this project.
The Dominos Pizza Project
We just loved the design process of this project. The client brought in several branded jerseys from different corporate events and wanted to hang them in the office. Since it was more of a commercial look and the goal was to show the Dominos branding, we suggested using pizza boxes as the interior lining. The client wasn't sure at first but then, once they understood the concept, were 100% on board and loved how they turned out!
The US Patent Project
The design itself was not tricky or complicated, but sometimes we just appreciate the simplicity of pairing the perfect frame with the right subject matter. In this case, the historic architecturally inspired frame feels very similar to the US government-styled architecture. Just the right compliment to the US patents we framed.
The Large Needlework Project
In this case, we just love how the frame design is a perfect match for the room’s decor. This is an example of why having some reference photos on your phone can really be helpful. When the client shared them with us, we knew which direction to take the design. Once it was framed it looked great, but once it was in place, it looked spectacular!
The 2 Bathroom Mirrors Project
Even though the frame design for the mirrors are very nice, it's the process we took to get there and the challenges we overcame that makes it one of our favourites! The client originally wanted one mirror, but due to the vanity, the sconces, bathroom size and what the client was hoping to achieve, we suggested two mirrors to cover the entire wall. It was a little radical but once we placed some mock-ups on to the wall, the client trusted our advice and went for it. We were all thrilled with the results as the two mirrors neutralized the sconce placement and put the emphasis on the entire wall and not just weighted heavily over the vanity. It also made the room feel twice the size.
The Pedestal Frame Project
One of our long time clients called us after purchasing a truly treasured collectible. However, there were several challenges that had to be considered when creating the design. Because it was an appraised and registered collectible magazine, it was locked and labelled in a protective case that had to be incorporated into the design. And the client also wanted to see both sides of the item.
After trying to put together some traditional design ideas that would cover what we we wanted to hide and then show both sides, we decided it just wasn’t cool enough for this amazing piece! So we went wild and designed a pedestal-styled display that used all custom frame moulding. This design would add the ‘wow’ factor of frame mouldings with the practical aspects of a pedestal style place holder to create something that looked amazing and allowed the client full access to the item. Happily, our client trusted us with the ‘outside-the-frame’ idea and we created a one of a kind display!
The Bravery Beads Project
We felt so honoured that our clients reached out to us to help them with this special project. Their daughter battled and beat cancer. Her chemotherapeutic treatment involved direct injections through a port. With each of these sessions, she was given ‘bravery beads’. We were privileged to bring the port and beads together to form one incredible piece that was both very attractive and solved all the challenges bought forth by the various sizes, colours and the fluidity of the beads themselves.