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All That Glitters...

How stunning is this custom-made canvas? The image was printed and sent off to a professional to be beaded by hand with Swarovski crystals and glass beads. After the piece was finished, it was brought in to Foursided on Broadway for custom framing.

The first step was to stretch the canvas in the traditional manner over stretcher bars which required particular dexterity considering all the tiny beads and threads that cannot be caught or disturbed.

 Check out the amazing detail on this beading!

So sparkly!

After being stretched carefully and perfectly lined up, it was time for the piece to be fit into the final frame. This piece called for a frame with equally decadent qualities. Our customer and frame designer choose this ebony, ornate frame to complement it nicely.

The finished product is breathtaking.

Pièce de Résistance

Get ready to be schooled. Another gorgeous piece from Foursided! This client had twelve (yes twelve!) unique pieces that he requested be shadowbox framed in identical white lacquer finish moulding with a bright white linen matboard behind it.

Foursided_Collar3_webAll but one are antique, embroidered silk cloud collars with floral, animal and insect motifs. Instead of a rustic, vintage look our customer opted to give the pieces a contemporary makeover using stark white contrast and encouraging every detail to pop.

Collar_closeupNever heard of a cloud collar? Also known as yun chien, this style of intricate ensemble has existed for thousands of years. It originated as a four-lobed collar representing the clouds (sometimes with overlapping lobes as pictured above). The body represents the axis (or earth) with the head going through the collar into the sky gate or spiritual part of the body.

CollarSplice_Foursided_webIntroduced as a status symbol and worn only by noblewoman, eventually the tradition was passed down to celebration and coming of age garments. Certain symbols represent prosperity and success for the wearer such as the six insects pictured in the silk collar below:

Insects_webOnto the good framing stuff! Each collar needed to be laboriously hand stitched to the white mat and centered meticulously. Every framer had their turn with the thimble and thread. How worth the effort it was though, each more stunning than the last!

Foursided_Collar4_webStitching away!

Foursided_Collar1_webEmbroidered perfection...

Foursided_5_webfin!

FRAMING OBSESSION: Mirrored Frames

Add a smack of instant glamour to your favorite room with these spectacular mirrored frames. The reflective quality radiates light and shine onto your boldest art pieces and photographs. Plus, you can lovingly catch the hue of your own stunning reflection as you breeze past every morning. Mirror, mirror on the wall… I am the fairest frame of all.

Both pieces pictured are genuine framing orders pioneered by our style maven customers. When being assembled, the mirror finish on these frames requires as much special attention as any diva. See our professionals finishing production with white gloves to prevent any finger print or smudge? Anything for you, my decadent darling.

Embrace the trend: reflect your daring sense of style with one of these mirrored frames on a dark painted accent wall for a striking statement. Stay tuned for other framing obsessions that are hot on trend! Let's be honest, how else are you going to know about them?