Some time ago, a popular trend emerged in home decoration.Â Designers, in order to exhibit a more casual lifestyle, introduced the idea of simply “propping”Â framedÂ pieces and artwork up against the wall, rather than the more standard approach of wall attachment.Â ThisÂ has becomeÂ popular for many reasons.Â It allows people to develop an effective vignette quickly.Â It also creates an effective backdrop for collectibles already in place.Â My “Lean Machines”, as I like to call them, are currently under development and allows you to create this relaxed â€œlaid-backâ€ approach to picture display in a way that is not only functional, but artistic.
This casual approach also creates a challenge.Â Oftentimes this arrangement is used on a mantle, sofa table or console.Â Many times additional objects are placed in the forefront of the surface.Â This can obscure the view of the photos propped beyond.Â The Lean Machine Collection solves this problem.Â It enables you to gain some “lift” to theÂ framed piecesÂ so that they can be viewed as well as create a backdrop for the vignette.Â The soft rubber tipped â€œstiltsâ€ do triple duty as well.Â Not only do they add aesthetic quality to the frames, they are also utilitarian in that they prevent the frames from slipping on their surface as well as preventing marks on the table and wall surfaces.
Lean Machines are a sculptural approach to picture framing.Â The forms themselves are as appealing as the treasures displayed within.
The proposed finishes are upbeat and contemporary.Â The smooth ash or maple frames are aniline dyed in rich muted colors to coordinate with any decor.Â All edges will be eased for a soft finished look.Â The â€œstiltsâ€ are rounded and will be of stainless or aluminum in a brushed or polished finish.Â The rubber tips will be in clear, black, white or red.
The frames will be sold separately, or in sets of three for triptych styles.Â Variations planned include a “telescoping” mechanism for changes in height and an “easel” option to restÂ pieces already framed.Â Stay tuned for developments.