If a picture tells a thousand words, the frames Raun Meyn makes from old doors, weathered windowpanes, and 100-year-old wall paneling are each a history book. The graphic designer and custom frame maker finds his rich materials by scouring demolition sites, old factories, salvage supply companies, even alleyways, and crafts them for his company, FoundRe Furnishings.
In a studio space, he cleans, treats, and lacquers everything to preserve aging and prevent decomposition. Meyn breaks the material down into smaller pieces, often layering them for a two-tone, textural look.
His recent finds include painted wood flooring from a demolished Southside police station, robin’s egg blue wall paneling from an old West Town pickle factory, and panel doors from a restoration project in Roger’s Park.
He builds furniture as well (shelving units, tables, cabinets, mantels, room dividers, headboards) and will happily do custom work (starts at $145). Talk about a conversation piece.
Available at Foursided Custom Framing Gallery, 5061 North Clark Street, at Carmen Avenue (773-506-8300); RR#1, 814 North Ashland Avenue, at Chicago Avenue (312-421-9079 or rr1chicago.com); Hazel, 1902 West Montrose Avenue, at Wolcott Avenue (773-769-2227 or hazelchicago.com), $18-$110. For custom orders, go to foundrefurnishings.com.
Photo: Courtesy of FoundRe Furnishings
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