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Founded in 1799 as a hand-colourist of maps and plans, A Bliss is now a specialist provider of dry-mounting and framing services. Its Clerkenwell workshop is the go-to place for artists, architects, photographers and students who need professional help with anything from standard jobs to more complex projects.
5 Baker’s Yard, Baker’s Row, London EC1 (abliss.co.uk)
This framemaker (pictured) works on behalf of many well-known galleries, often selecting or fabricating frames to meet the particular specifications of an artist. The company can also make bespoke display solutions, such as plinths, cases and cabinets for your home.
19–23 White Lion Street, London N1 (darbyshire.uk.com)
John Hawkins’ Picture Framing
This family-run business in London’s East Dulwich comes highly recommended by regular ELLE Decoration photographer Sean Myers. ‘When framing precious works by my late great-uncle, I went straight to John Hawkins’ Picture Framing. The owners have impeccable taste and reasonable prices,’ he says.
350 Lordship Lane, London SE22 (southlondonguide.co.uk/hawkins)
Having mounted pieces for the likes of Francis Bacon and David Hockney, John Jones in North London is a master of museum-quality framing and preservation techniques. The shop’s extensive collection of frames includes everything from hand-gilded pieces to Perspex presentation boxes. If you need a more tailored service, the fine-art installation team can help you with anything from hanging pictures to mounting sculptures.
The Arts Building, Morris Place, London N4 (johnjones.co.uk)
J White Framing
ELLE Decoration’s photography director Flora Bathurst loves this family-run shop. ‘I frame everything from small postcards to huge prints, and J White Framing always does a fantastic job,’ she says. ‘Take a simple postcard and display it properly using a mount and a good black or wooden frame, and you elevate it to something impressive.’
489 Latimer Road, London W10 (jwhiteframing.co.uk)
Whatever the scale of your image or artwork, Alan Dean can offer expert advice on choosing the perfect frame; his client portfolio includes major arts venues such as the Barbican Centre and Somerset House, as well as smaller private commissions. The London-based shop shares its premises with the Curious Duke Gallery, so you can pick up some brand-new works while you’re there, too.
173 Whitecross Street, London EC1 (curiousdukegallery.com)
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