Metal Wall Frames

Why Metal Wall Frames?  In the 1960's, it was discovered that aluminum made a great, strong, lightweight and industrial looking frame for the modern interiors esthetic. While they have evolved a bit over the last 4 or 5 decades, they remain fairly unchanged in concept: Simple, strong, low-key. 

We stock a full range of metal frames from Framatic and Nielsen-Bainbridge. There are some basic differences between the two lines, so here is a quick outline of how they differ and might be useful for your own purposes:

Framatic Fineline:

With a lip of just under 1/8" wide, they are nearly invisible, a trait that many photographers seem to like, so as not to obscure the impact of their photographic art. They come with regular glass (not the conservation grade u/v filtering types), load from the edge like a professional metal custom frame, and will accept hardware on the back to attach wire for hanging or snap-in sawtooth hangers. We stock most of their sizes in matte black, white or silver. What attracted them to us in the first place was the fact that they have a range of square and digital sizes that virtually nobody else offers. Sizes like 8x8, 11x11, 12 x 12, 16 x 16, 20 x 20, 11x17, 12x18, 13x19, 16x24, for starters, are nearly impossible to find. They are used a lot for photos or art being hung in groupings, such as at shows or exhibitions, or collages in the home or office. Also, they are made in California and are not imported.


We offer 3 families of metal frames from Nielsen-Bainbridge that break down as follows--

Basics : Simple, flat-top face matte black aluminum 13/32" wide (about 3/8"), the Basics range is stocked in matte black only in 8 x 10 or 11 x 14 size. These load from the back and hang from metal loops on the masonite backing boards. Basics comes with regular glass only.

Studio: Also simple, 3/8" wide matte black aluminum with a very slightly crowned face, Studio is a more comprehensive range of metal frames. Stocked in 8x10, 9x12, 11x14, 11x17, 12x16, 14x18 and 16 x 20, Studio comes with u/v filtering glass, an acid-free white mat and backing boar. Like Basics, it loads straight-in from the back and hangs from metal loops, not with wire.

Tuscany:  Tuscany is similar to Nielsen's Profile 97 custom frame moulding. It is a double-walled aluminum, flat-faced moulding that is 29/32" wide on its face and has a "Florentine" brushed pattern finish. While it comes in black or silver, we only stock the silver (black available by special order).  We stock Tuscany in 8 x 10, 11 x 14 and 16 x 20. They also include u/v glass and a white, acid-free mat and backing board. 


        Framatic silver metal frame To learn more about Framatic Fineline Frames, click on the picture or the gray sidebar link at left.

Nielsen Basics Archival Metal Frame



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Studio Archival Metal Frames


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Tuscany Silver Archival Metal



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