Sometimes it seems like the word “custom” is secret code for “super expensive.” Not so for Framebridge: Send in or upload your oddly-sized art—and your Instagrams, too—and the web-based company will custom-frame your piece with an eye toward affordability and style. It’s a genius idea. And though the startup’s been getting lots of national buzz—just last week, it just secured $7.7 million in funding, and counts Steve Case and LivingSocial co-founder Timothy O’Shaughnessy among its backers—it’s based right here in Washington, with production in Lanham and marketing and design in Georgetown.
Since Framebridge’s focus is making it easier to beautify your home, it probably comes as no big surprise that their second-story O Street office is enviably stylish. The space is rumored to have been Francis Scott Key’s onetime home—their awesome front lounge room is supposedly his former bedroom—so it’s loaded with charming original details, and the company’s small team has designed the office to spotlight a breezy-modern sensibility. Framebridge founder Susan Tynan wanted their offices to feel inspirational and fun—and a little bit like their customer’s homes. “We love that our office is in a historic residence, as it allows us to surround ourselves with our product in a natural way,” she says. Of course, Framebridge’s gallery wall game is strong. And the best part? Almost all of the office’s furniture and art is sourced from affordable stores like CB2, West Elm, and Etsy.
We stopped by the offices recently to get a look at the space. Prepare for some serious office envy.
Main office: West Elm Parsons desks, task lamp and bar stool, CB2 Stick Around white chairs, Ikea standing desk, Sisal Rugs Direct rug, Dot & Bo Tear mirror, Target Threshold pink tufted stool, Serena & Lily dip-dyed stools. Art by Tappan Collective, Samantha French, Yellow Brick Home, Parima Studio, Buddy Editions, Lupen Grainne, and Laura Dro.
Lounge room: West Elm Dunham couch, One Kings Lane Molino jute-blend rug, Blu Dot Strut coffee table, Dot & Bo woven lounge chairs, CB2 Neptune blue nesting tables and wool wrapped poufs, West Elm Terrace side table, reclaimed wood and lacquer credenza, and Iris planter. Art by Samantha French, Clare Elsaesser, Tessa Neustadt, Lisa Golightly, Suzanne Koett, Printwork Studio, Amaryllis Truth, and Kai Samuels-Davis.
Conference room: Restoration Hardware Flatiron table, Kartell chairs, Arhaus leather chairs, CB2 credenza and metal console table, West Elm Torres Wool Kilim rug and lamp. Art by Samantha French, Snoogs and Wilde, Kai Samuels-Davis, Lisa Golightly, and Suzanne Koett.