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Best Salvaged-Wood Frames

FoundRe: Furnishings

Critics' Picks

Raun Meyn's small, high-ceilinged storefront on West Division has a number of handsomely well-worn knickknacks, including old maps, books, and photos. But as the workstation in the back indicates, Meyn's specialty is his repurposing of salvaged wood, which he collects from deconstruction sites. He assembles a variety of desks, tables, beds, shelves, and drawers—all of which look shop-made but not shopworn. But my favorite items are Meyn's frames, expertly colored wooden squares and rectangles that spectacularly edge photos, posters, and paintings. Big chain stores like Pottery Barn sell frames that try to evoke a similarly rustic feel, but FoundRe: upends those aesthetic attempts. Custom-built yet affordable furnishings really do look better than their conveyor-belt counterparts.

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