Since our early beginnings as “APF Master Frame Makers” in 1955, APF Munn has become a nationwide leader in high-end custom frames for fine art. Our customers include the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Museum of Modern Art, The Smithsonian Institute, the White House collection and many other fine public and private collections. Galleries and designers from New York to Los Angeles count on APF Munn’s high level of customized service and quality domestic manufacturing.
Our staff designers work closely with our customers, who include interior designers, museum curators, galleries or private collectors, to create a frame that is best suited for a given work or environment. Select any combination of elements from our library of over 2,000 designs, or let us execute your own design.
Manufacturing of APF’s premium picture frames is a unique process. We combine advanced technology with traditional craft that requires exceptionally skilled workers as well as specialized tools and materials. The process begins with the careful selection of the materials, primarily domestic hardwoods. Craftspeople cut, size, shape and carve using APF’s proprietary tools, dies and molds. If appropriate, steel embossing wheels are used to press repetitive, detailed patterns into the wood.
The frames are hand finished, which may include the application of 22 Karat gold leaf, which is burnished using agate stone. To give a frame a sense of history, our frames can be skillfully “antiqued” which involves drilling “worm holes,” denting and nicking the surface, and bleaching and rubbing away some of the gold to simulate years of handling. The resulting frame is very difficult to distinguish from a true antique, yet the frame can be as little as 10% of the cost of the original. We also restore antique frames.
In the case of contemporary frame styles, we employ the highest quality materials and finishing techniques, such as multiple applications of lacquer and precision inlays.