Wednesday, 29 April 2009

Brand new frames!

Check out our lovely new flocked frames! In neon pink, yellow and mushroom, they are the brightest things in our showroom (apart from our designers of course...).

The flocking gives the frames a really lovely soft textured appearance which highlights the subtle shapes of the frames. Flocking has been around for over 3,000 years (first used by the Chinese), but feels very modern when used on frames. We'll be experimenting with lots of other frame shapes and combining flocking with other materials too (Perspex, mirror, gilding....).

Tuesday, 28 April 2009

We are sailing...

Yachts are wonderful projects to work on - beautiful, bespoke boats designed for their owners to cross oceans in the ultimate comfort and luxury... Our first yacht project was a few years back for Ralph Lauren. We framed a number of paintings and mirrors for the boat (which was purchased by John Travolta).

Today we work with the leading yacht specialists around the world to ensure that
their incredible environments are enhanced with the most beautiful (and seaworthy) of frames and mirrors. There are a number of special considerations to take into account when framing artwork for a boat - increased humidity from the water and stability requirements due to the motion of the boat.

Thursday, 23 April 2009


Hot from our workshops, our new Rockstar frame is a hybrid of glamour and punk. Love it or hate it, it's certainly dramatic, with a highly polished brass front and a cracked leather style finish on the sides. The subtly curved front adds a touch of delicacy to the overall impact.

Invisible display case

Can't believe we didn't think of this before - we've made a display box from the low reflective perspex that we glaze artwork with... its superb!

Not sure if this image really does it justice, but it actually disappears when you stand in front of it. Feels as though you could put your hand straight in and touch the object (which in this case is a beautiful urn made from stella beer cans by artist Liz Neal).

Its on display as part of our art collection at JJ for anyone who would like to come and see it.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Beautiful hand gilding

The most beautiful frames are hand gilded and I really do believe that our contemporary colouring department is the best in the world. We've travelled far and wide, visited art fairs, galleries, collectors homes, interior designers, hotels - but have never found finishes as delicate and subtle as ours. The application is crucial in achieving consistency and tone. Our colourists have incredible patience and commitment to their work, using a creative eye to ensure our frames achieve that certain gleam that exudes quality and luxury.

Thursday, 9 April 2009

Coming soon...

Hello and welcome to the new blog for John Jones that focuses on design. Our sister blog features our art projects and discussions, but this blog is dedicated purely to design innovations.

Our interior design clients include many inspirational interior designers such as Ralph Lauren, Candy & Candy, Keech Green, Katharine Pooley, as well as many stylish private individuals. Keep an eye on this blog for the latest news on our fabulous new designs and finishes, including sprayed rubber frames, neon flock and perspex, anodised metals... We have a stunning range of framed mirrors which will also be featured.

(Image shown is the Garrard showrooms NYC courtesy of Chameleon Visuals)