What is a custom frame?

A frame made to any size using a variety of matting, backing, mounting, glazing and frame moulding materials. You have different options with a custom frame versus a readymade frame. Readymades come only in a few sizes with pre-cut mats and basic glass or acrylic.

Custom frames range from very small (4×4 inches) to very big (96×96 inches).

Every frame we make is an expression of our commitment to high-quality design and craftsmanship.

Our clients include Trust for Public Land, Matson Navigation, Oracle, Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Sierra Club, Twitch, City Arts & Lectures, Orlando Diaz-Azcuy, Schramsberg Winery, Fehr & Peers, SFMOMA and the St. Regis Hotel and Residences.


Standard Frames

Our standard frames offer budget-friendly choices for a variety of projects. Using simple materials and quality craftsmanship, we can provide affordable, professional framing solutions. Having an on-site shop makes it possible for us to offer ‘rush’ services for when you need a custom frame fast.

Our standard frames are made using materials from suppliers who are committed to quality and sustainability. We buy our standard frame moulding from Studio which is a FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) and COC (Chain of Custody) certified company and Picturewoods in Boulder,Colorado. Picturewoods mills only renewable North American hardwoods including walnut, maple, oak and cherry.

Specialty Frames

Specialty Frames can be contemporary, traditional or modern. These frames are created using special ‘old-world’ techniques such as splined corners and water gilding.

We are experts in oversized and specialty works. We regularly frame pieces that are over 40 x 60 inches.

An extraordinary selection of specialty frames makes us one of the few ‘true’ custom framing shops in the Bay Area.  From traditional, hand-carved, gold-leaf period frames to contemporary silver-leaf box frames to splined, rounded corner, curly maple frames to stainless steel, we offer unique frames to our clients.


Mirror Frames

Custom framed mirrors in any size, style or finish are available including hand-painted, hand-carved, engraved, 22kt gold leaf, 9kt moon gold or copper leaf finishes.

We partner with Paige Glass in San Francisco for the best quality mirror glass for custom frames.  We carry samples of decorative mirror glass in antique, blue and smoke.

A special adhesive is used to fit the mirror glass. This provides protection in the event of impact the mirror won’t shatter.

Professional installation for mirrors is available.




Acrylic Boxes

Acrylic boxes are custom made to hold two and three-dimensional pieces.

A great choice for memorabilia is a six-sided box that can be viewed from all sides.

Acrylic boxes can also hang on walls. These are five-sided boxes. The back of the box has a wood frame that fabric, board or other material is attached and the artwork is mounted onto that. This design is often used for textile pieces.

Modern or ornate frames can be added to an acrylic box design to give the piece a more formal presentation.