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  • "Best framers in the city, I’ve used and been their client for 25+ years. No job too small or large. ‘Can’t do’ is NOT in their vocabulary. It’s an absolute pleasure doing business with them."



    "Best framers in the city, I’ve used and been their client for 25+ years. No job too small or large. ‘Can’t do’ is NOT in their vocabulary. It’s an absolute pleasure doing business with them."


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    Karen Rapp,  ASID

  • "Esprit Decor delivers perfectly professional service. We have been using them for years for various framing needs and the end product always look wonderful. Most recently they produced a “shadow box” for us with a picture of a grand opening event, some ribbon from the event, along with a pair of scissors and a silver plate with the event details. I appreciate being able to bring in a vague idea and letting them create works of art."

    "Esprit Decor delivers perfectly professional service. We have been using them for years for various framing needs and the end product always look wonderful. Most recently they produced a “shadow box” for us with a picture of a grand opening event, some ribbon from the event, along with a pair of scissors and a silver plate with the event details. I appreciate being able to bring in a vague idea and letting them create works of art."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Amber Ehrlich

  • "Unbelievable service! The work was incredibly fast but remained impressively thorough. They listened to my concerns and understood my goals with the projects I brought them, providing much needed advice and suggestions. Pat, Robert and the rest of your crew, I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful work and amazing service for our fundraiser last week. I will definitely be back!"

    "Unbelievable service! The work was incredibly fast but remained impressively thorough. They listened to my concerns and understood my goals with the projects I brought them, providing much needed advice and suggestions. Pat, Robert and the rest of your crew, I can’t thank you enough for your beautiful work and amazing service for our fundraiser last week. I will definitely be back!"

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Michelle

  • "I have been getting art framed at Esprit Decor for years. Pat and his staff are extremely helpful, visual people who provide excellent suggestions. Our entire office was decorated with Pat’s photographic images and it looks amazing! You cannot go wrong with Esprit Decor."

    "I have been getting art framed at Esprit Decor for years. Pat and his staff are extremely helpful, visual people who provide excellent suggestions. Our entire office was decorated with Pat’s photographic images and it looks amazing! You cannot go wrong with Esprit Decor."

    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    Ed C

A "Renaissance Man" might loosely be defined as one who is cultured, or proficient in a wide range of fields. The term, while generally associated with the West, also has an Eastern counterpart: The Samurai of Japan.

While primarily a warrior, The Samurai, who followed the code of Bushido, or "The Way of the Warrior" was expected to be a master of such diverse disciplines as Archery, flower arrangement, Zen Buddhism, tea ceremony, etc.

In the Japanese woodblock print below, Two fearsome Japanese Samurai, one an archer, the other a foot soldier, completely decked out in armor, pause to gaze at the amazing beauty of a cherry tree in blossom.

The Japanese design ethic often favors clean lines and simplicity. In keeping with this design philo...

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In the shadow of the Duomo di Milano, the largest church in all of Italy, sits the equally famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping mall in the world, where it is possible to indulge in the most stratospheric levels of "retail therapy." The Galleria is often nicknamed il salotto di Milano (Milan's drawing room), due to its numerous shops and importance as a common Milanese meeting and dining place.

The Galleria opened in 1867, and in 1915 the Camparino Bar opened, and the aperitif Campari was first introduced to the public. The bar has been the haunt of many famous Milanese, including Giuseppe Verdi, and Arturo Toscannini, who used to stop by after performances at La Scala, the famous Opera house, right up the street.

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Arizona Territorial Centennial Commemorative. Colt Single Action .45 LC caliber revolver, 1963 issue. One of only 1280 made. Shadow box of hans wrapped Belgian linen, walnut-stained traditional oak moulding, no glass.

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William of Ockham, (c. 1287–1347) was a English Franciscan friar, scholastic philosopher, and theologian. His principle states that among competing hypotheses, the one with the fewest assumptions should be selected. Or, to boil it down to just three words, "Simpler is Better." While not always true in custom framing, we present today an example of why it's hard to argue with the notion that the simplest answer is often the best!

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Posters tend to be self contained. They generally don't require matting, and are often "straight fit," that is, framed as they are. This spectacular poster, from Dos Cabezas winery in Southern Arizona, Is a true classic. It's bright, colorful, dramatic, and powerful. The drama and simplicity cries out for ...

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Sit in on the interview by Gallery Director Robert Hilton as he and Gallery artist Betsy Aguirre run down the ABC of sculpting.

Betsy Aguirre Interview

Gallery Director Robert Hilton chats with sculptor Betsy Aguirre about her inspiration, materials, and methods.

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A good client came in the gallery the other day and asked if we ever did big images. How big, we asked? Four feet by seven feet. No problem at all, we replied. Upon examining the artwork, we determined that the original hand-made stretcher frame was badly warped, and that the canvas would have to be removed and re-stretched on new, finger-jointed, kiln-dried pine. The image was destined to go in the client's entry, and as such would become a focal point for the whole home. After consultation and exploring a number of options, we finally settled on this stunning, traditional hand waxed scoop moulding to formalize and present the dramatic portrait.

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One of two Patrick Nagel prints from our archive, popularly known as "The Glove," recently framed for a client. Nagel's groundbreaking style, which drew inspiration from Alberto Vargas, Alphonse Mucha, and Edouard Manet, defined a new graphic style in the late 1970's and 80's. His images, while widely imitated, were instantly recognizable, often depicting powerful women: confident, unafraid, and perhaps a little distant and aloof. We sold them by the hundreds back in the day, having purchased over 400 of the Commemorative series from the publisher, Mirage Editions, in Santa Monica. We have a few left.

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