Ideal floating wood frame for art 1-5/8" thick or less. This natural, softwood, L-shaped floating wood frame is an ideal picture framing choice when it comes to floating cradled panel art, or canvas artwork that has been stretched around a stretcher bar or strainer. The 1-3/4” rabbet depth allows for mounting thick art. This design choice involves attaching the back of the artwork to the frame, from the back side of the “L” using screws.
The floating wood frame concept originated as a mid-century modern and postmodern approach that artists used to frame their work economically and functionally, where the main aesthetic draw was the art itself. The floater frame was merely a strip of wood that achieved the goal of presenting the art in order to transport and sell the work.
Through the post-modern years from World War II to the new Millennium, the floating wood frame design achieved its own popular aesthetic qualities. Sleek, slender, and smooth are some of the ways you could describe this profile. It also retains the original trait of revealing the entirety of the painted surface, where a more traditional picture frame with a lip would cover a small part of the art.
Aesthetically speaking, what it says when you float your art is that every square inch of the painted surface is important enough to be seen. Allowing a gap reveal between the floating wood frame and the art also elevates the art in the sense that it is literally floating inside the frame.