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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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Frameworks: Where Every Frame Has a Story

 


Great article from SumUp about Frameworks Berlin!! :

Located near Kottbusser Tor in Berlin, Frameworks’ vivid blue door frame jumps out invitingly from the surrounding infrastructure. At the same time, it serves as a reference to the shop’s contents—frames of all colours, shapes, and sizes hang from the walls inside. Each piece is made of reclaimed wood and is hand-crafted by the business’ owner, Claire d’Orsay.

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“A big theme here is sustainability. We have two different types of wood: we have wood from Berlin, so I can tell you what it was—where I got that floorboard, where that door was, and from what apartment. Then, we also have frames from Bali—Bali boat wood. “

Claire moved from New York to Berlin in 2010. She discovered that the city is a great place to open a business, as it offers many supporting resources, like sponsorships and seminars. In New York, the prospect of starting a business is much more intimidating, with entrepreneurs requiring more funds for rent and for advertising—necessary to succeed in such a competitive market.

In her first year of business, Claire sold her frames at various markets to find out which one worked the best. Eventually, she opened her shop in Kreuzberg, and also began sharing her trade knowledge by offering framing workshops.

“I think that framing is definitely the intersection between being able to be involved in the artistic world, and knowing that—it’s hand-work; that I don’t necessarily create in the sense of a vision in my head.”

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Claire’s ability to harmonize art and trade can be traced back to her roots. Her mother, brother, and sister are all artists, while her father was a business-owner. Additionally, being around the business her whole life—seeing how it could be managed day-to-day, instilled a kind of fearlessness in Claire.

“I knew I could do it, and it didn’t scare me. I definitely think there’s a type of person who’s going to take the chance.”

For Claire, the daily freedom gained through being your own boss makes the risk worth it. Additionally, being a female entrepreneur is particularly meaningful to her. Claire says it’s surprising how many people come in and ask her for the owner, whom they assume is a “he.”

“It’s still very male dominated, so I think that being a young female in the arts scene with my own business—it feels really great… That independence is priceless.”

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While beneficial, to one’s autonomy, running a shop also poses many challenges. For Claire, it meant enduring, and seeing the bigger picture—while one day could be good and the next could be bad, she kept in mind that, overall, the business was going well. Additionally, the responsibility and daily workload involved in managing a business can strain on one’s personal relationships, friends and family:

“I think what surprised me is that, I knew it would impact my personal relationships in every way shape and form, but I didn’t know to what extent. And that was very difficult, because I value them.”

Looking ahead, Claire would like to launch an online store for Frameworks. And, thinking more broadly, she would like to further expand in the custom and recycled products space.

Claire got her SumUp PIN+ Terminal about a year ago. It’s especially useful at the markets because it connects wirelessly. And, since customers are less willing to leave the market in order to take out money from a bank or cash machine, she’s able to capture more sales.

Claire says that customers are always pleasantly surprised when they see the device.

“Customers are all the time like, “Oh, wow, I’ve never seen this before!” Or, “Ah, that’s so technologically advanced.” They’re so charmed.”

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Original article link: https://sumup.co.uk/blog/frameworks-where-every-frame-has-a-story[:]

In the Beginning: Frameworks Berlin 1 Year Anniversary

frameworks-berlin-bio-01Frameworks Berlin will proudly have its 1 year birthday on May 30th. We are tremendously proud in the ways we have grown and developed into the last year. Our up-cycled picture frames have created a rumor here in Berlin, especially knowing that we do some great custom picture framing, as well as some vintage frames and contemporary wooden picture frames. From Photography, to oil paintings, to 1st edition art prints, Frameworks Berlin is framing it all. Our Workshops have been very popular among locals, and the Photo Booth frames are often taken home by tourists visiting Berlin. Picture framing and Berlin. So simple, so good.

However, in the beginning, Frameworks Berlin looked like Claire D’Orsay in her apartment. Let’s have look:

frameworks-berlin-bio-02Beautiful and interesting recycled wood is HARD to find. And don’t let anyone tell you otherwise! In a huge container of junked wood, only a small portion of it can actually be up-cycled. That means the wood that is reclaimed is sorted, and this takes a long time. In the beginning I was always by myself when looking for wood. Therefor the process took even longer. Back when Frameworks was not

frameworks-berlin-bio-03located in Stattbad Wedding, I would take the wood home! Whenever a friend would help, they would spend some time in exchange for food and beer outside in the courtyard extracting metal from from the wood. Depending on the wood, this could go quickly or take hours. I would then frameworks-berlin-bio-04store the wood in my basement! Here are some photos of the first batches of recycled wood that were stored at home in my basement. Since I literally handled every piece of wood, I could tell you exactly what the wood was and where it came from! As Frameworks grows, this becomes more difficult, but there is always someone at Frameworks who knows, if not me! There is always a story.

frameworks-berlin-bio-05I would then take the reclaimed wood to a carpentry studio that I rented out. At the time, the studio was far about 45 mins away. That meant, I would have to pack all the wood into my car, and drive it 45 mins to the carpentry room. I would work on the wood for 3-7 hours, cutting it into its moulding form, repack it all and drive it back home! As you can see, recycled products take a significant more amount of time than new products!

frameworks-berlin-bio-06Then the wood upstairs INTO my apartment to make the actual picture frame! I made custom frames and batches of the exchangeable frames that Frameworks sells on the markets (and hopefully soon online). I made some box frames, did some painting. It was great. But Frameworks was already growing and my apartment was not!

It was in December 2013 that I decided to make the big step. I started looking for a studio. Through the pure luck of life, I was connected to #Openwalls Gallery in Stattbad Wedding. They were looking for a framer, and I was looking for a place to frame. It was meant to be. I finally was able to move into my own studio April 1st 2014. On May 30th, 2014, Frameworks Berlin had its official opening party alongside the Vernissage from Anton Unai and so began everything. But I will never ever forget where Frameworks really started to grow. At home.

**A special thank-you Nadine D’Orsay. **

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