Its a story we geeks know all too well. You spot a slick new print online that you just have to have. It’ll make such a great addition to your Mondo collection, or your “triforces in weird places” wall, or your TARDIS-themed bathroom. You hastily buy it, laughing at the poor fools who missed out on the latest limited-edition masterpiece. But then, alas, the tube arrives and the poster sits, alone and unloved, waiting for a frame to make it whole. It’s just so much more work, you know? Well, the guys behind the OpenFrame feel your pain, and they aim to fix the problem:
If you’re like us, we have dozens of posters that are just lying around in tubes or drawers. They never made it onto the wall because we never got around to framing them. Custom framing can be expensive and is limited to holding one size of print. We designed OpenFrame as a simple, flexible way to hang posters, prints, and photos of various sizes and configurations.
You can easily swap artwork out as often as you like by removing the small, but strong, rare earth magnets that hold your artwork to OpenFrame with minimal obstruction.OpenFrame is built in the USA with high-quality, natural materials that give it a warm aesthetic and complement artwork of any kind.
OpenFrame is constructed from a combination of birch plywood, birch veneer, and stainless steel. Each frame is carefully finished with a clear lacquer to protect the wood surface and requires almost zero maintenance. To clean, the wood can simply be wiped with a dry cloth to remove dust.
Each OpenFrame has special routed slots in the back that allow it to be hung in portrait or landscape orientation. Rather than tiny holes, the slots were designed to allow the frame to easily be positioned on the wall over a screw or hook.
I’m going to level with you, these things aren’t cheap. But they’re high quality, made right here in PA, and a great solution to a problem many of us geeks have just resigned ourselves to living with.
If you take a look around and really consider all of the stuff you haven’t hung… it’s worth it, isn’t it? Trust me, you’ll thank us later. Plus, the Geek Awards are coming… you’re going to want a place for all those Instagram prints.
The Project: OpenFrame
Creators: Jeff Sheldon and Matthew Smith
Sweet Spot: $35 gets you on board with a 10” x 10”, perfect for Instagram prints and 5” x 7”s. A modest $95 will get you the medium 18” x 24” OpenFrame, perfect for standard posters. Various combinations of small, medium, and large frames are available at higher pledge levels.
Funding Deadline: April 19th, 2013
More Info: As always, the full details are over on Kickstarter, but these guys have some serious pedigree. You can read up more on both Jeff and Matthew over on Twitter.
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