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FRAMEWORKS BERLIN

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Frameworks Berlin makes an absolutely one-of-a-kind frame at a highly professional level. All frames are hand made from colorful and unique recycled wood found in Germany. Frames from new wood are also hand made, in order to cover all desired framing styles for our customers. You will receive knowledgeable advice and together select wood, paper, mattboard, and glass for your most favorite piece of art.

We aren’t just artists, we are highly skilled professional picture framers, experienced with the highest standards of preservation, and working to make a sustainable product that has history.

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What Color Should a Picture Frame Be?

 Frame ColoringWhen it comes time to picking out a frame for your picture or photo, you may get stuck. You may be unsure what type of frame will work the best or what type of colors you should apply to the design. The good news is that there are many types of products on the market and most of them can offer a wide range of option for you. The key is understanding what you want the picture to convey to those seeing it and to choose something that works for your needs in terms of budget, design, and wood. When you work with the best picture frame company in Berlin, you will get the help you need throughout this process.

Key Decisions to Consider About Picture Frame Coloring

 Frame ColoringTo help you to make the right decision about the picture frame and the coloring of it, keep the following tips in mind.

  • First consider the photo and artwork itself. If the photography used within the frame is strong and has more modern looks, you can choose a frame that has more bold and modern lines to it. On the other hand, those photos that are more subdued can be overshadowed by a frame that stands out too much.
  • Think about where you will display the piece. What types of colors and styles are present in that area? It is important to ensure your piece will work there, but don’t be afraid to allow those colors to stand out some as well. It can be a bright red frame, for example, in an otherwise dull room.
  • Don’t just guess. One of the best ways to choose a color is to ask for samples, take them home, and see how well they will work. You may be able to find samples available to you in a variety of wood types as well as in multiple color patterns. This will also allow you to determine if bold colors will work better or if something less stand out fits your needs more fully.

 Frame ColoringDon’t be afraid to use color in the framing or the frame itself. However, you do not want the matting or the frame to take over the photo or dominate the image. Be sure they work well to create the same message. Doing this allows you to have the best possible completed work which will look fabulous on your wall.

 

 

 

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Giving Framed Photos: Tips for Success

Framed PhotosYour children’s photos are in and you are hoping to give them to someone special. Or, perhaps you’ve had customized photos taken of the entire family you plan to give as a gift. No matter what is in the photo itself, it is always a good idea to give these types of mementos to those who participated in an event or who would otherwise appreciate them. Yet, giving the gift of photos is not always easy to do. You need to consider a few key things before doing so. When you work with the best picture frame company in Berlin, that becomes easier to do.

Tips for Great Photo Giving

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When giving photos to a loved one or anyone else, invest a bit more time in the process to make it a higher value and a more personalized product. To do this, consider these tips:

  • Start with the type of wood and the coloring of the photo frame. If you want your loved ones to display this photo, be sure that the wood type and coloring match their home or other area where they will place it. Ensuring it works well in the space really helps ensure it will be displayed.
  • Focus on framed photos that really provide a clear image and a positive one. It is always a good idea to choose framed photos that help the people who you are giving it to, to remember a special event. Make sure it has bright colors and clear picture details.
  • Select a professional matting and finish. While getting the right picture frame for these photos is important, it is also important for you to consider the matting or the framework that the picture will sit in within the frame itself. Choose a high quality material that’s thicker and more professional looking. You’ll want to choose a color that helps the picture to stand out. It is okay to go without this if the picture’s composition does not allow for it.

Framed PhotosYou do not have to make these decisions on your own. Instead, work with a Berlin picture frame company to create one of a kind and beautiful framed photos that fit your needs. You will appreciate the way the photos look in the right frame and your gift recipients will enjoy the look and the time you put into creating these photos for them.

 

 

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Family Photography Tips for Beginners

Family PhotographyFamily photography can be a bit of a minefield. Persuading your insecure teenager to pose or getting a hyperactive toddler to sit still while grandma holds her is often a nightmare. The internet is full of cheesy, awkward, and downright disturbing family portraits snapped by amateur photographers. But, it doesn’t have to be quite so painful. Follow the tips below and you will end up with shots you can be proud of.

Get to Know Your Camera

Family PhotographyA camera is only as good as the photographer behind the lens. In fact, the best camera in the world will take awful photos if the photographer doesn’t have a clue how it works. Practice using your camera if it’s new to you. Get to know the different settings until you feel confident. Automatic settings are useful for beginners, but your family portraits will be a thousand times better if you master the manual settings.

Use a Tripod

Camera shake ruins many a fine photo. It’s hard enough arranging your subjects, coaching them on why they should smile, without worrying about keeping the camera still. A tripod makes a difficult job a lot easier. You can play with composition, change the settings, and take control of the session.

Choose a Great Location

Think about the best location for your family portrait. Blank grey backdrops are OK for professional portraits, but your photos will look far better if you select a great location. Use the garden or a local park, or travel a bit further and take advantage of a dramatic mountain backdrop.

Create a Dynamic Pose

Family PhotographyArrange your subjects so you don’t end up with a row of heads at a similar height. Older folk will need to sit down, so have some chairs prepared. Encourage people to loosen up. Stiff-as-a-board subjects don’t make great photos. Action shots are fun – we’ve all seen the photos where the photographer captures a group leaping in the air. This type of photo works well with younger groups (hint: don’t ask grandma to jump into the surf if she’s just had a hip replacement).

Flatter Your Subjects

It’s not easy taking family portraits, but if your subjects lose confidence in your abilities as a photographer, the situation will rapidly deteriorate. Be positive, tell everyone how gorgeous/handsome they look. The more you flatter them, the more they will enjoy having their photo taken.

Make it Fun!

Crack a few jokes and have a laugh. With a bit of luck, you will capture some genuine smiles and people having fun.Once you have captured some great shots, hunt for the perfect frame in our store so you can hang your family portrait on the wall for posterity!

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How to Create a Travel Inspired Gallery Wall

In an age of social media, it’s easy to focus your photography efforts on Instagram and Facebook. After all, posting photos online means far more people will see your amazing shots of the Great Barrier Reef or the Leaning Tower of Pisa. However, whilst posting photos online is great, wouldn’t it be amazing if you could create a travel-inspired gallery wall at home? Just in case you need reminding to book another fabulous trip!

Gallery walls are the latest trend in home decoration. Instead of displaying one or two photos on a wall, you can create a large gallery feature instead. It’s easy to do and so much more fun. Here is a quick guide to what you need and what you should include in your pictorial display.

Choose a Wall

Location is everything. Sure, you could create a gallery wall in your downstairs restroom, but wouldn’t it be more fun to have a larger space to play with? Pick a room such as your den or a breakfast room where you have plenty of room to play with. An expansive wall is best, but you can scale down your gallery if you are limited on space.

Collect Photos and Other Travel Memorabilia

Pull together a collection of photos, postcards, posters, travel tickets, and anything related to your travel. Focus on one trip or build a collection based on several trips. One location works well, especially if it has sentimental value, but don’t limit yourself.

Frame Your Pictures

The next job is to frame your photos and other travel memorabilia. Selecting similar picture frames is a great way to make a gallery wall more cohesive, but feel free to mix and match different styles of frame. For example, plain wood frames can be mixed up with more decorative frames and box frames containing travel mementos. Some items, for example, ticket stubs or posters may not need a frame.

Experiment with a Layout

The layout is important, so don’t rush this stage. Select a central image and use this as your starting point. Your favorite photo or a great poster will do. Arrange everything else around this one image, mixing up large and small frames. Place pictures on the floor and try different layouts until you find one you are happy with. Take a photo using a smartphone so you don’t forget where each piece goes. Now it’s time to get hanging!

If you need inspiration for your picture frames, check out our awesome collection in-store

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5 Tips for Street Photography Success

Street photography is worlds apart from staged family portraits and Instagram travel shots. It is the spontaneous capture of interesting human subjects or a vibrant street scene; blink and you’ll miss it. Street photographers take their trusty camera everywhere because they know a great photo could be around the next corner.

If you’re new to street photography, here are some useful tips.

Choose the Right Camera

Professional photographers typically carry a large DSLR, but for an amateur, a small compact is a better choice, as it’s easier to use on the hoof and less conspicuous. To begin with, use the P mode so the camera automatically selects the best settings, but once you get the hang of it, try experimenting with different shutter speeds and exposures. Wide-angle lenses are perfect for street photography. They allow you to get up close to the action.

Be Brave

Many photographers are afraid of causing offense by taking candid photos of passing subjects. They worry it will get them into bother. However, if you want to embrace street photography and capture the human experience, you need to let go of your fear and take a step out of your comfort zone. Find a place in an interesting location and wait for the perfect shot. If someone does notice you taking photos and is offended, show them the photo and offer to delete it if they object.

Tell a Story

Street photography is your take on the world. Look for scenes that speak to you. It could be anything from a crowded marketplace in Bangkok to a man sleeping rough in a concrete tunnel on a cold winter’s night. Look for contrasts. Rich and poor, old and young, even contrasting light and shade all make powerful images. The very best street photography captures an emotion, so you need to be ready with your camera. To begin with, start local in places you are familiar with, and then look for new locations, the busier the better.

Be Patient

The best photos don’t happen immediately. You may have to wait for a great image and you will probably have to take hundreds of shots to end up with one decent one.

Be Comfortable

Hot on the heels of our last tip, it is a good idea to wear comfortable clothing. Hanging around in one place for hours is tough in poor weather. Make sure you are warm (or cool).

Once you have captured an iconic image you’re proud of, look for the perfect frame in our online store!

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Guide To Gifts That Give

Share the value for fair trade and artisan made goods? Then check out our Guide To Gifts That Give back for the socially conscious Berliner! This guides takes into consideration how a brand is committed to giving back to charity, conservation of the planet and/or artisan craftsmanship.

Frameworks feels each product included carries a meaningful story and does well by both people and planet. We hope that by supporting cause based businesses making a difference this holiday season, you are able to pass on a passion for ethics to your most cherished family and friends.

Woodcessories

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Woodcessories designs, as the name already tells, wooden accessories for Apple products. All accessories are handmade, sustainably produced und combine nature and technique in an innovative way.

The founders of the German Startup Woodcessories, Sebastian and Sebastian, are Apple lovers and passionate for plain and simple design. That was why they were highly disappointed about the boring plastic Cases and Covers they found when they looked for protection for their mobiles and laptops. Then in 2011, during a hiking tour in Colorado, they had an idea: Why not combine nature and technology and create an innovative fusion of both things they love? Why not integrate nature into everyday life? Woodcessories was born!

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Woodcessories creates wooden accessories for the whole Apple family, for iPhone, iPad, MacBook, iMac and Apple Watch. All of the products are handmade, the wood is selected by hand and – most important – comes from sustainable forestry! The company only works with FSC-certified wood and companies that have the FSC-certification. Additionally, the Startup is a member of “Trees for the Future”, an organization that helps farmers in Africa to improve their life standards. For every product that Woodcessories sells, “Trees for the Future” plants a tree and supports farming in regions like Uganda and Kenia. Woodcessories stands for a unique symbiosis of nature and technology and especially for a reawakening of nature in everyday life. This „back-to-the-rootsmentality” is what you can see in all the products Woodcessories offers in its online shop: www.woodcessories.com! (Additional fun fact: The website shows the current number of trees that have been planted.)

Voucher code: woodfood (25% uniquely applicable)

 

Peaceful times with Conflictfood

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War, crisis and poverty are in many countries daily business. The founders of Conflictfood Salem El-Mogaddedi and Gernot Würtenberger didn’t want to watch anymore and started their journey. Since 2016 they travel to conflict regions and look for the best traditional farm products. In the world`s kitchen there are real treasures to discover.

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Through fair and direct trade with farmers Conflictfood creates new perspectives and shows ways out of poverty. Furthermore, their profit is invested in educational project in the countries of origin.

Hand-picked saffron from a women’s collective in Afghanistan, traditional roasted wheat from Palestine or wild growing tea from Myanmar. Your purchase can become a step towards peace!

Get 10% off @ Conflictfood online shop until 31.01.2018 with the code: „FAIR“

 

PHOTOCIRLCE

Photocircle puts people back in the picture! With each art print you buy, you support development projects all over the world.

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Wall art for a better world? Yup, that’s a thing. At Photocircle, you buy art prints that will not only make your walls happy: over 700 international artists sell prints of their photography and illustrations through the online gallery. With every purchase, up to 50% of the total price goes towards a humanitarian or development project in the region in which the artwork was created. In order to be able to ensure best value for money at the same time, Photocircle does without expensive marketing campaigns entirely.

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So far, Photocircle has been able to successfully finance as many as 69 projects this way! To give some examples: families in Myanmar and Niger were given domestic pigs and goats for stockbreeding; ten girls in Bangladesh received elementary education; and a family of Syrian refugees in Jordan was supported financially in order to facilitate a fresh start for them. Photocircle has also worked on several projects to help facilitate the integration of refugees in Germany and helpedsurvivors of human trafficking start a new life through education.

Voucher code: FAIR (15% till January 6th)

 

SOULBOTTLES

Giving got soul.

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Sustainability made easy – with soulbottles. As our starting point we chose the most essential element of all: water. And we put the soul in

drinking water. soulbottles are drinking bottles made out of glass, fairly produced in Germany, a 100% plastic free and pretty good looking, too. Sounds utopian? Not so much, because every single resource for a glassmade drinking bottle can actually be found within our country. We proudly

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guarantee a sustainable and fair manufacturing process while avoiding long transits. We are aware that not everyone has clean water always accessible. Therefore we support water projects all over the world – with a 1€ donation per soulmate sold.

But together, doing good is a lot easier. Thus: get your soulbottle! We waive 5€ of your command, and you contribute to clean water access all over the world.

5€ off @ soulbottles.com until 07.01.2018: soulfulchristmas

Creating a Shadowbox for Mementos

Creating a Shadowbox for MementosCreating memories is easy to do when you are with family and friends. Whether you are spending the day at the beach together or going through old items from childhood, you may be thinking about memories. How can you remember these events? What can you do to capture these simple moments so that you do not forget them and may even be able to pass them on? Why not consider the use of a picture frame designed to be a shadow box? A shadow box simply is a larger frame that offers more room for storing special items within it. When you visit your picture frame company in Berlin, ask about sizing and style options.

What to Keep in Mind?

If you are thinking about creating a shadowbox, spend a few extra minutes picking out the right type of frame based on what you want to place within it. You don’t have to add a lot of pieces to make this item memorable. In fact, in many cases, less is more. Here are some tips to help you with this process.

    • Creating a Shadowbox for MementosChoose shadowboxes that you know you can fill properly. While you do not have to cover the entire surface, you want a box that is just large enough to display important items clearly. Give yourself just enough room.
    • Invest in a quality picture frame. You really will want these to last a long time. For that to happen, you will need to ensure the box itself is crafted well and with good quality workmanship. Spending a bit more higher quality of box makes sense here. After all, these are memories you want to cherish.
    • Finally, think about the layout of the box and what you would like to put into it. This will impact the size of box you need. It also is important to remember to spread out items so that it creates a more dynamic and 3-dimensional image.

Creating a Shadowbox for MementosThe shadow box concept is not new. It has been used for many years as a way of passing on important items, such as flags, from distant lands. If you are thinking about using them, first focus on knowing how much you want to put into them. Then, consider the size, shape, layout, and colors of the picture frame box. Create a single, cohesive picture frame that really stands out when completed

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Berliner Morgenpost article about Frameworks!

Wood that tells stories

With Claire D’Orsay, individual picture frames are made from old shipwrecks or rotten leaves.

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Everything must go. Marode is the staircase house, which is being renovated. Dust is in the air. Construction workers carry floorboards from the corridor and throw them carelessly on the sidewalk. Are nothing more worth, useless. And suddenly there is a young woman standing in front of the mountain full of wood, explaining to the men with a strong American accent that she can still use the wood remnants.

Claire D’Orsay packs some of it into her small van and goes to the studio. New booty for their business. The New Yorker always looks for it, keeps her eyes open – in the city and the surrounding area, sometimes also in Bali.

Old boathouses are there, in Berlin then rotten arbours, dwelling-houses, uninhabited stuff on the roadside. Floorboards, window frames, doors. Whilst not every wood is suitable. Veneered oak, for example, is clearly scrap, she says.

The 31-year-old recycled the old wood for picture frames, which she herself builds and sells in her shop “Frameworks” on the Reichenberger street. D’Orsay is a mastermind. This sounds old-fashioned, perhaps also somewhat trivial.

You will find frames everywhere

Frame … pff, one might think. No one needs frame. That’s right. They are not necessarily essential to life, but they have pretty walls, present painting and photography, and are more ubiquitous than they think. You just have to look around. In hotels, museums, restaurants, apartments – you can find everywhere you like.

As a child psychologist, D’Orsay came to Berlin. That was in 2010 when the visa of her Berlin girlfriend ended in America. So they went to their friend’s home together.

A city in which much seems possible. Just as in America, too, but D’Orsay finds something different. Here, you are overwhelmed by free-spirited creatives, because life is so much cheaper than in New York.

“There’s nothing you can do in Berlin,” she says. This does not mean those who come here to loosen, because this works so particularly well. D’Orsay says that you can actually create something with an idea, even if you do not have the perfect prerequisites from the beginning.

It is something that can really be tackled

Even if the job as a psychologist had been much safer, D’Orsay did not want to. And this, even though she would have had a job at one of the international schools in Berlin. This was tempting. But the real human, which is why she likes the profession in theory, is often lost in practice, she says.

“It is too rare for the child or the young people themselves, but more about the Drumherum: school performance, parents, sports.” So, rather, where you can really tackle, see what you can do.

Of course, she also lured the new freedom that she felt in Berlin. She remembered the frame store opposite her university, Boston College. The price was high, so that she could not afford it. So she just built one herself. Her artisan talent was more or less interrupted by the will of the parents to study something sensible.

Far away from such restrictions, she now set off in Berlin and knocked at frame-makers. Only Stephan Landwehr gave her the chance. After three trials, she received a three-month course in the company of the man, the owner of the “Grill Royals” and two other restaurants. She stayed there for more than three years.

“It is mainly white, brown and green”

She framed real Picasso’s and works of all the Starfotographers for the Camera Work gallery. “I did not have to go to exhibitions at the time,” she says. So much art went through her hands.

What distinguishes them is their sustainable work. Actually, from an economic point of view, it began to be recycled. Because wood is expensive. To become independent means always risk. Apart from saving material costs, d’Orsay has the feeling that every framework is telling a story through its workings.

“A unique one from a door and the floor of a garden leave speaks differently from the wood of a grit mill of 1750,” she says. From the point of view of wood technology, D’Orsay is sometimes bored with Berlin. “It is mainly white, brown and green.” The foundations of pink varnished bearded doors of the Ballhaus Grünau from the 19th century felt like that of gold bars.

In the middle of December their first restaurant will be ready

Your idea of ​​sustainability is now also reflected in the restaurant that will open it. The “vertical” is to be finished by the middle of December and will fit into D’Orsay’s efficient ideal. Actually, the building in which it lies is the inspiration for its relatively spontaneous idea. The new building at Reichenberger Straße 86 is the first in Berlin, which is covered by a comprehensive ecological, vertically planted garden. The roofs are also completely green.

The focus is on environmentally friendly visions: reduction of noise pollution through the special insulation, improved air quality, reduction of the carbon footprint by reducing energy costs. “But it is also a matter of stimulating people to think about themselves and the environment in which they live when they pass the building,” says D’Orsay.

All this she would like to transfer to the restaurant card. Sustainability must not only be a trend, because it disappears after a certain time. The concept creeps into more and more areas of life and can only mean good things.

Article link: http://m.morgenpost.de/berlin/article208811527/Holz-das-Geschichten-erzaehlt.html

What’s the Value of True Hardwood Picture Frames?

What’s the Value of True Hardwood Picture Frames?You have something special to frame. You want to make sure this image stands out in the right way and conveys a message to you every time you see it. You also want a frame that looks beautiful and lasts. For these reasons, you may be thinking about using a hardwood picture frame. This is a more expensive product, but it offers a lot of style and class. And, it can be the ideal choice for nearly any type of display. As you take into consideration all of the options available to you today, don’t overlook what hardwood can offer to your display.

Vintage and Antique Frames

What’s the Value of True Hardwood Picture Frames?Perhaps the most common reason to purchase hardwood frames is because this is the type of frame commonly found in the 1800s and early 1900s. Perhaps your room’s theme is vintage. You may have the need to give a gift that is a family heirloom and an older frame seems like the best way to do just that. If you hope to give the photo an antique look or a vintage flare to it, hardwood is a must. This is the type of frame used traditionally during this period of time. It helps to carry through your theme or style very well.

Buying a Gift

One of the reasons to invest in hardwood picture frames when choosing your options is because of the actual dollar value they represent. Most hardwood frames are actually valuable items. This can help to give you the confidence you need when giving a gift to someone that is important. Who doesn’t want a beautiful hardwood frame with detailing on it? In short, this adds to the value of the gift and makes it worthwhile for many people.

Quality Construction Matters

What’s the Value of True Hardwood Picture Frames?Another reason to go with true hardwood has to do with the construction of it. Perhaps you want this piece to be passed down for years to come. On the other hand, you may want to give something that offers true quality workmanship. Hardwood tends to offer that because it is less likely to be machine-created.

As you consider all of the options you have in picture frames, take the time to check out the hardwood products available to you. You may find they are more affordable than you think and they definitely add a higher quality of satisfaction to the piece.

Picture Frame Care: Protecting Valuable Frames

Picture Frame Care: Protecting Valuable FramesWhether you received it as a gift or you have created the picture frame yourself, one thing is for sure. You cherish it. You want to keep it in good condition for a long time. This is especially true when you purchase a high quality and high value picture from the top picture frame companies in Berlin. But, having and displaying your photos is not enough. You want to take steps to preserve those items so that you can continue to hold onto them for many years to come.

How to Keep Yourself Protected

How can you protect a picture frame in the proper manner? To start with, consider these tips.

    • If you have a high valued, talk to the manufacture of that frame to find out what is the right method for cleaning and using the frame. Depending on the type of stain or paint on the exterior and depending on the overall material type, you may have very specific steps to follow to keep your picture frame in good condition.
    • Picture Frame Care: Protecting Valuable FramesThink about dust and debris. It is important to keep the exterior of the frame clean and dust free. When dust builds up, it is more likely to enter into the frame itself or into the details on the frame. This can be difficult to clean out over time.
    • Next, think about moisture. This is never a good thing for your photos. To help, start with using a dehumidifier in the space. You want the air to be dry since this will help to prevent the spread of moisture into the photo. Keep it out of areas that could become damp, such as the kitchen or bathroom.
    • Think about the light itself. You do not want your picture frame to be exposed to direct sunlight from the earth. Instead, you want to ensure that your frame is in good position for your needs. And, then, be sure there is no direct sunlight on the surface that will damage your frame or your photo.

Picture Frame Care: Protecting Valuable FramesIt is important to know that picture frames differ in material option as well as in proper cleaning and care methods. Though they may not seem like they need much attention, but these types of picture frames can quickly become family heirlooms if you keep them in good working order for years to come. The right frame from the top picture frame company in Berlin makes all of the difference.

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