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thank you, ikea

yesterday my friend mindy and i braved the jersey turnpike to pick up some things at ikea. my biggest score was a ton of ribba frames in birch, white and black. i would have piled on more if the cart had room but these put a nice dent in my growing print collection. i'm a fan of framing things professionally but sometimes the budget just doesn't allow for that. so for now i'm excited to create a gallery wall in our hallway- i'll share photos next week of the wall and the other ikea finds but for now here's a little peek at what's going up this weekend...[prints above left to right: hammerpress santa, letterpress print by green chair press, bear monster original by matte stephens, tiny showcase print by jeana sohn]

[giraffe and birds print by julia rothman]

[dumbo print by jon setzen at standard motion, prints by alice stevenson]

[print by dkim]

[relocated camilla engman prints]



Anonymous Anonymous said...

d*s, these framed prints really look fantastic. It's inspiring to see such a collection. Your blog has provoked the growth of my own collection of sensational modern prints. Plus I'm sure the artists love to see this concrete support of their work.

One issue plagues me, though. Did you do the matting yourself? If not, and we're seeing window mats that came with the Ikea Ribba frames, then isn't it risky to subject your prints - almost all printed on archival paper - to these acid-containing mats? The prints really could turn yellow at the edges. I hope knowledgeable readers will comment.

8:49 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


glad you like them. as for the matting, it's quite possible it will damage the prints in the long run- i'm not sure.

most of these prints cost around $10 so i like the idea of them being a bit fleeting. any paintings or limited edition fine art prints i have are framed professionally but i found these ikea frames were perfect for the under $10 etsy finds. i have so many of them piled up that they've got to be safer in these than on the floor in a stack ;)


8:53 AM  
Blogger Anna @ D16 said...

Lucy, believe it or not, I'm pretty sure the mats in the RIBBA frames are acid-free.

8:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's witty...braving the New Jersey turnpike.

8:57 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...

of the ribba matting ikea says:

"PH-neutral passepartout; will not discolor the picture"


9:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"......most of these prints cost around $10 so i like the idea of them being a bit fleeting. any paintings or limited edition fine art prints i have are framed professionally but i found these ikea frames were perfect for the under $10 etsy finds?.

Whoa, that seems a bit demeaning towards the artist that took the time to produce the art.

9:16 AM  
Blogger jodi said...

wow grace! what a wonderful collection you have amassed. looking forward to seeing the gallery wall.

9:17 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think it's demeaning to price artwork below $10. There's no way those artists are making a profit. Etsy should school their artists on appropriate pricing.


9:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I prefer the ones with the matting, but I totally know how you feel about "just getting them off the floor"! Isn't it satisfying to put them in the frame and see them "finished" (for now at least)

I think the Matt Stephens one would look amaing with a HUGE white matte around the edges, in a huge white frame. My BF and I own a gallery so we are always playing the "what kind of frame is perfect for this art" game.

Have fun figuring out where to put them all!

9:27 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

If she took the time to buy, frame and hang (and then promote) the artwork, I doubt the artists feel demeaned.


9:29 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

"Oh man, my art is in an IKEA frame. I feel so demeaned."

10:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thanks for the update re: the ph-neutral paper included in the Ribba's. Once again, Ikea comes through for us!

10:16 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love the Ribba frames too. Especially the small ones because they're actually glass (rather than the plexi they use for the large Ribbas). I did want to warn you though that we have had prints yellow where the mat was touching with Ribba frames. The yellowing was not visible unless the mat was removed. Perhaps the frames have since been upgraded. But it may be worth checking the prints at the end of the year to see if any discolouration has taken place, and if so, you can line with acid-free materials from an art/framing supply store.

10:33 AM  
Blogger annechovie said...

I love your collection! I think that, no matter WHAT you paid, your prints look terrific! In todays design world, I think our homes should be about what makes us happy and comfortable. Preference should trump provenance! You can rotate your prints -gallery style- and just enjoy what delights YOUR eye! Doesn't mean any artist's work is relegated to "disposable' status. The IKEA frames are perfect for prints. Thanks for suporting Etsy artists!

10:41 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I like your collection of prints.The only one I would disagree with the framing choice is the Matte Stephens original. I own a few of his originals on illustration board and think that I wouldnt frame them with the painting not touching the glass as they are gouache and in a few years it may cause problems with the painting.I have had mine framed in more of a deep set type frame as to insure its life and value.I love your little early bear moster i wish i had one.

11:47 AM  
Blogger hannah said...

yay! lovely collection! and i will be going to hammerpress tonight! have a good weekend!!

12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The collection looks great.
Did you hear Ikea is coming to Brooklyn? Us Brooklynites won't have to shlep to Jersey anymore!

1:44 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wow, everything looks so great! It's fun to see prints I've been eyeing on Etsy in your house :) I'm so craving Julia's prints too!

I hope you'll take pictures of how and where you hang/group them...

1:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

grace, your collection of prints is amazing! and yeah, those ribba frames are the best - i have a bunch too!

4:09 PM  
Blogger radian said...

I've got a herd of Ribba's as well. They are wonderfully useful for getting things up on the wall - especially for those of us who can't afford the fancy matting and framing. I think that art belongs on walls and if you end up waiting for years/months to frame things, you're not enjoying the art.

I guess there are differences between the mind of the collector and the displayer of art.

Your pictures of these framed prints have inspired me to commit to saving up a chunk of money and finally getting some of the things I've been looking at longingly on Etsy for the past few months.

10:19 PM  
Blogger plasticpumpkin said...

Lots of great prints here! I recognize quite a few talented Etsy artists. Those frames are sleek and nice.

8:10 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

my words came out all wrong in my last post.I think the Matte Stephens painting will last longer in a frame that the painting is not touching the glass. Great collection!!!!!!!!!

11:49 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank God for Ribba! No frame shop could make a better white frame. And the fact that it comes with a mat is a plus. Framing is so expensive it takes my breath away. Your new things look great.

5:53 PM  
Blogger Paulette Insall ~ Reflecting Colors of the Soul said...

Ooo what a lovely collection! And I'm sooooooo lovin' those frames!!! Can't wait 'til our IKEA opens at the end of this month! I gotta get me some of those! :)

2:09 AM  
Blogger Stratos Bacalis said...

I've wanted to do a b&w photo collection in the big wall of my entrance hall. That wall is now painted a lovely shade of blue (called island by the color company) and I was thinking using the IKEA frames in birch, as I already have one Billy book case on the opposite wall. Just one question-should I make the placement of the frames irregular or ge them all same size and arrange them in a grid?

5:13 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


hmm...it's up to you really. i prefer something irregular, but if the frames are large enough you could space them evenly at the same height.

d*s :)

7:20 AM  
Blogger Unknown said...

I would love some sort of how-to-pick-a-frame guide. White, wood or metal? Mapping or not? Color map or plain white? I just seem to have no feeling for it. Help!

5:06 AM  
Blogger amanda bee said...

what i want is a how to frame guide!

I'm starting to frame my prints and I do want them to last, but I can't find any good how-tos.

3:35 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

wondering how your gallery wall turned out, are you going to post pics?

8:29 AM  
Blogger design*sponge said...


it's been put off a bit- while trying to compromise on placement, ac and i decided to break up the wall and use the pictures for some other spaces. i'll share pictures soon...


8:49 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

can't wait!

3:21 PM  

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