We work closely with our clients to deliver beautiful handcrafted frames with conservation at the core of our practise. We provide a range of custom wood finishes, stains, gilded, waxed, metal, sprayed and all manner of custom requests.
Our Primary Finishes
Each finish is hand crafted to carefully reveal the qualities of the artwork in harmony with the frame.
By executing the highest standards in conservation methods and the most relevant museum conservation research we ensure each project is delivered to the highest specification.
Read on for some popular options for materials and finishes.
This is a high-end, smooth finish, widely used for contemporary artworks. It is mainly used with wood; but not restrictive to, there are hundreds of colours and sheens available, there are endless ways to play with colour to complement your artwork.
We only use water-based lacquers and primers for environmental reasons. This also adds to the overall conservation of the frame, with no solvents near the artwork.
At archetype we specialise in fabricate custom-welded aluminium frames. They provide a stronger and slimmer design, especially for larger scale artworks.
- Our powder coated frames provide a durable finish with hundreds of colours and sheens available to choose from.
- Our polished aluminium frames are created to the highest level of craftsmanship achieving a sophisticated finish.
- We can tailor requests for other materials.
Various examples of framing materials and techniques.