Old family prints, black-and-white photo booth strips, original work by your many Berlin artist friends: how much of this is scattered around your WG, curling at the edges or collecting dust? Make this the year you finally show those visual heirlooms some love, with a visit to Frameworks Berlin. This six-month-old Kreuzberg shop offers custom framing services and readymades, all hand-worked from repurposed – dare we say “upcycled” – wood.
Founder and Brooklyn expat Claire D’Orsay, who dubs herself “that crazy girl who will pick up wood, if you call her”, sources her supplies from all over the city: cast-off old doors, antique tables, demolished allotment garden huts… The result, besides a shop that smells delightfully of pine, is frames that are totally unique and earth-conscious to boot, the only danger being that they might upstage the art they’re meant to showcase.
If you’re not quite ready for a custom job (€100-200), take a baby step into this sartorial adult quest with the shop’s best-seller, a rectangular frame built specifically for that four-picture Fotoautomat strip you’ve probably got tacked to your wall right now (€25-27).