About this project
If you're like us, we have dozens of posters that are just lying around in tubes or drawers. They never made it onto the wall because we never got around to framing them. Custom framing can be expensive and is limited to holding one size of print. We designed OpenFrame as a simple, flexible way to hang posters, prints, and photos of various sizes and configurations.
You can easily swap artwork out as often as you like by removing the small, but strong, rare earth magnets that hold your artwork to OpenFrame with minimal obstruction. OpenFrame is built in the USA with high-quality, natural materials that give it a warm aesthetic and complement artwork of any kind.
- The “open” frame can accommodate multiple sizes and configurations of prints unlike custom frames which only hold one size.
- Small strong rare earth magnets allow for prints to be easily swapped (no more hassling with undoing the back of a frame).
- Special oversized slots on the back of the frame allow for easy hanging and positioning on the wall.
- Made in the USA.
OpenFrame is constructed from a combination of birch plywood, birch veneer, and stainless steel. Each frame is carefully finished with a clear lacquer to protect the wood surface and requires almost zero maintenance. To clean, the wood can simply be wiped with a dry cloth to remove dust.
1. Square - Size: 10" x 10" - Perfect for your favorite solo Instagram print or 5"x7"s.
2. Medium - Size: 18" x 24" - Fits a traditional medium poster beautifully or arrange it with several smaller pieces.
3. Large - Size: 24" x 30"- Show off those handsomely large prints or combine several pieces of various sizes.
Thickness - Each of the frames are 3/4" thickness, hollow, but well built for durability.
- Natural birch with natural birch edges
- Black stain with solid black edges
- White stain with solid white edges
How to hang:
Each OpenFrame has special routed slots in the back that allow it to be hung in portrait or landscape orientation. Rather than tiny holes, the slots were designed to allow the frame to easily be positioned on the wall over a screw or hook.
***Since different wall materials (drywall, brick, plaster) require different types of screws, we do not include hanging hardware with OpenFrame. We recommend using the appropriate type of anchors for your specific surface.
For the past few months, we've been working with a local shop here in PA to produce and refine the OpenFrame prototypes. We've designed a frame that not only functions great but also reduces the overall weight of the frame to make it easier to hang. Here are some photos from the prototyping process.
Read more info at www.ugmonk.com/openframe
Who We Are
We are both designers that share the same passion for well-crafted products that are beautiful and functional and that solve a problem for us personally. Though our hometowns of Greenville, SC and Philadelphia, PA are are hundreds of miles apart we've been able to collaborate on OpenFrame through the magic of the internet and combine our skillsets as designers and entrepreneurs.
Matthew Smith // @whale
Originally from the foothills of Colorado, Matthew is a designer rooted in studio art. His professional career spans design work for clients like The Gates Foundation, U.S. Postal Service, Fox, MIT, and Seth Godin. Matthew has led creative for top startups, founded one of the most respected co-working locations in the country, and launched an event called Grok that attracts top talent from around the world. The main dish on Matthew's plate is being the Creative Director at Relay Foods, with sides of international speaking, photography, and now invention of physical products. He's also a doting husband and father of three wild-eyed kids.
Jeff Sheldon // @ugmonk
Jeff Sheldon is the founder and designer of Ugmonk, a design brand focused on creating high-quality products with simple, clean design. What started as a small side project to create simple, typographic t-shirts has grown into a full-blown lifestyle brand and now ships products to over 55 countries around the world. When Jeff’s not designing or scheming up the next Ugmonk release, he’s probably hanging with his wife, planning his next snowboarding trip, or sleeping.
Thanks for your interest and support! With your help we can make OpenFrame a reality and give your prints and photos a beautiful new home.
Credits: Video by 98c
Risks and challenges
We are working with a local manufacturer here in the USA. In order to reach the minimum production run we need to meet our $40,000 goal. We have done extensive prototyping and testing and feel confident in our design. Our estimated goal for delivery is June 2013 and we'll be posting updates to keep all backers informed of our progress.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
When the campaign is over we'll be selling additional magnet packs through our site http://ugmonk.com
At the end of the campaign we'll be sending out a survey to clarify which color OpenFrame you would like. For now, just select a reward level and you'll receive an email from us once the campaign has finished.
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