By Julie Ann Segal
I’m here in Laguna Beach working on the Spa House again! Besides being here for general maintenance items, I’m working on some elements of the design. A piece of art I needed framed led me to Randy Higbee (pictured here with me) and his huge frame shop, one he’s grown over the course of 40 years. I was lucky enough to get a tour, and see how the framing operation works. The volume of work they do here is impressive. They’re definitely an exciting new resource for us at Metro Interiors; we’ll be getting samples of his frames soon.
Besides producing custom frames, and fulfilling orders all over the country, the facility also has a gallery to showcase art, and host showings. They’re known for frames en plein air, which translates from French as “in the open air”. It’s a type of framing that originated from people painting outdoors, and the desire to capture the light and feel of the landscape. Artists would work in the natural light and finish pieces in a few hours. Laguna Beach became famous for this type of art.
For more on the art they’re framing for me to hang in the Spa House, stay tuned – we’ll show the Before and After. Now back to work!