Pin Game on Point

Enamel pins, patches and flair have made such a massive comeback that walking down the street can be a major 80's throwback. This framing customer was way ahead of the trend with his ultimate collection of enamel pins dating back years!

The consultation process for a piece like this can be extensive. Collaborating and laying out two well-balanced, vertical pieces with appropriate spacing and color between each pin is essential. When finally the arrangement is settled, we take photographs to capture and recreate placement exactly.

We chose a gray matboard to contrast the pins and used a double mat to strengthen any angular qualities in the piece. After the mat is cut, we punctured each pin through the backing so they could lay perfectly flat. 

A classic matte black frame finishes off the look beautifully. The end result is a colorful masterpiece, with subdued tones keepin' it classy. Anyone have a pin collection that could contend with this one? Didn't think so. #pingame

Fifteen Minutes of "Frame"

Custom framing often intersects with various types of signed memorabilia. Album covers in particular are a frequent object of admiration, and should be put on display! This mint-condition vinyl from The Velvet Underground and Nico is signed by Lou Reed, so our customers wanted a memorable, sleek design to emphasize it.

Here you can see the album detail front and back:

Instead of pulling inspiration from the bright tones in this piece, we decided to keep the album our main focus with a black mat and frame. A bit specialty, the mat has a leathery texture and sheen that reflects light. 

The frame is a black, lacquer finish shadowbox style with slightly rounded edges. We used black 1/4" spacers to create the set-back look and keep the glass from touching the album's cover.

Now that it is protected from the elements and suuuuuper polished, this framed album will live long past its proverbial fifteen minutes of fame.  

Irving Harper: Paper Sculpture

What an incredible piece this is! At Foursided we can't always acquire the background, history and artist information for the art we frame. This time there is a wealth of resources available. Our astute clients acquired this intricate paper sculpture at a Wright Auction for Irving Harper's sculptures in Chicago in January 2016 where it stood out amongst many stunning works.

Harper was a designer and artist who created some of the most iconic forms of American mid-century design. He is best known for the 1949 Atomic Ball Clock, the Herman Miller logo, and the 1956 Marshmallow Sofa in addition to these now classic paper sculptures. Harper never sold the sculptures himself, but displayed them in his home and made them solely for his own pleasure. This particular piece is made entirely with construction paper, Elmers glue and colorful tape. The sculpture was housed in a worn acrylic case when it came to Foursided for framing.

Relocating the delicate structure to a custom frame helps to increase its longevity especially as acid free materials were not used in its construction. We choose a charcoal gray shadowbox frame and this time made the walls to match the frame itself instead of the paper backing on the piece. This creates a more dramatic, set-back shadowbox environment with a contemporary vibe. You can see the full original auction catalog here or check out more of these incredible paper sculptures in Michael Maharam's book: Irving Harper: Works in Paper.

*First interior image from