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Picture Frames Regain Favor as Decorations

October 21, 1990|From Associated Press

The collectibles you move in with may contribute as much to the decor as the paint, wallpaper, rugs and drapes. Pictures, boxes or objets d'art may capture the eye first and determine a room's character.

Frames evoking classic styles like Victorian ceramics, Parisian silver or sculptured Italian or Russian designs in a variety of metals that have been burnished, painted or mirrored are offered by Dakin Terragrafics.

"Not only have picture frames regained their elegance, evoking a time when photos of family members were a novelty and placed in intricately crafted silver casings, they have recently inspired a veritable explosion of new designs and materials," says Joseph E. Walsmith, the firm's president.

Fabric styles that are similar to English chintz designs, by I Was Framed, cover picture frames and are available with matching boxes for jewelry, hats, cosmetics, dishes and other collectibles, as well as tissue dispensers, wastebaskets, albums, notebooks, music boxes and similar items. Most of the designs are florals, but the line also includes moires in pink or black.

Gallery and Art Nouveau styles, including a number of architecturally inspired frames based on the work of Scottish designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh, are offered through the Exposures catalogue.

Also available are archival storage and display systems for incurable collectors of photos and oddments, including glass-covered cases and museum-style tables in which to display favorite baubles. For information or catalogues, call (800) 222-4947.

From Diane von Furstenberg come frames, desk accessories and paper tableware in bold animal prints. Her Nairobi collection features abstracts of leopard, tiger and zebra patterns on picture frames, address books, journals, albums, letter holders, stationery, paper plates, napkins and invitations.

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