At the launch of the Kickstarter campaign, we teamed up with Brooklyn-based woodworker Annie Raso to produce a handmade wooden frame for EO1. (The first 50 frames sold out in minutes, so we quickly went back to Annie to try and convince her to make more!)
Annie is a super talented artist, and we’re so lucky that she agreed to be a part of the campaign. As Annie nears the end of her build, we thought it might be interesting to share a bit about how the frames are made. Learn more about Annie's process, in her own words, below!
I am a Brooklyn-based freelance artist and woodworker who was introduced to the Electric Objects team through mutual friends. I don’t normally do large-scale production work and was about to turn down this job, but I changed my mind after learning more about Electric Objects’ mission and product. This is a product that can revolutionize the way we interact with art and the internet, and they were asking me to frame it. I thought ‘a frame, with no glass or hardware? Sounds easy!’, but the process of creating custom frames for EO1 was much more complicated than I had anticipated. The journey has been exciting, nerve-wracking and a great learning experience all in one.
The challenge was to craft a frame with a moulding profile that fit like a glove on the edge of EO1. It took months of planning and design work on both sides. Building 150 wooden frames from scratch meant making a large wood purchase, so I prototyped, checked and re-checked the dimensions, materials and tolerances before jumping in.
I worked closely with Bill Cowles from Electric Objects to create the moulding profile, and together we designed a system for connecting the frame to the screen. In the end, we decided to use the magnets embedded in the screen border of the EO1 to fasten the frame to the device. We added thin steel plates to the inside of the frame, so it just snaps on and holds tight.
No hardware, knobs, straps, or messing with the components. Just pop it on or off: clean and easy.
In late March of 2015, 1,200 linear feet of custom cut black walnut moulding was delivered to my shop in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Sustainability is an important aspect of my work, and so much of the wood came from saved cut-off pieces from previous jobs from a millwork company.
Although these look like simple frames — just 4 pieces of wood joined together, building them is an incredibly complex process. All told to produce 150 frames, it took 1,200 miters (45 degree cuts), 1,800 maple corner splines (the contrasting pieces of wood in the corners), and 450 sanding passes (3 per frame). At just over 3 weeks into the build, I am finally heading into the final step, and am ready to start sanding and finishing them with satin lacquer.
Each one is unique and has interesting grain characteristics, which I hope you will enjoy as a warm compliment to your new EO1.
The team at Electric Objects was kind enough to provide me with a shell of the EO1, so I could test every single frame to make sure it fit right, as quality and functionality are my top priorities. I hope you enjoy the photos of my process — it’s been a fun journey so far, and I’m so excited to see these beautiful frames in your home!
We couldn’t be happier with the final product. For more, you can follow Annie on Instagram @annieraso to see the latest updates and photos of the frame-making process.