Thoughts On Design


  • "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."


    ★ ★ ★ ★ ★

    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

When the Best isn't Quite Good Enough.

I'll be the first to admit that here at Esprit Decor, we're picky. We curate each of the several thousand corner samples we carry. Lots don't make the cut (if you'll pardon the expression) because theyre not good enough...for you. That's why we dont carry plastic mouldings, even though they're cheaper, because they are cheaper. They might make it in a hotel room, or at a convention, but not in your home. 1/8" fun-house mirror? No thanks. Regular glass that will let harmful light rays damage your precious artwork? No way. How about regular paper mats that will become acidic and burn that lovely monoprint you picked up on your last trip to Paris? Sorry, but we have to pass. Only 100% rag boards, or pure alphacellulose matboard are good enough for your project.

And if you think we're picky with the maaterials we specify at the front counter, it should please you to know that we're equally picky in the back room, where the magic occurs. Our computerized mat cutter cuts your mats to a precision of a thousandth of an inch. We use an underpinner made in France to join your frames so ther are no putty holes to be seen anywhere. Many shops order their frames pre-cut from the distributor, but we don't, because we want to make sure they are as perfect as can be. We have a huge double mitre picture framing saw that's designed specifically to cut picture frames, and nothing else.

Which brings us for the reason for today's post.

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A wonderful client brought in a pair of original oils for us to frame, and selected this gorgeous Italian moulding from a well known high end company based in Florence, Italy. The gold beaded inner lip, or filet, was a addition to dress up the presentation even further. When the components arrived, Ron, our very talented framer, felt that the beads on the fillet weren't quite isolated enough, so he blackened the outer edge of the fillet, and then went in and meticulously hand-painted the surrounding area of each of the beaded elements. Why? because the best wasn't quite good enough. This additional step is something that might not ever be communicated to our client, because it's done as a matter of course. Yes, it's challenging, and yes, it takes a lot of extra time, But we do it because it's what you deserve when you bring your artwork in for us to frame.