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Colorful Frame-Free Art: Indie Mats

Here is an alternative to traditional frame-and-glass artwork… Anne Sommers and Emma Hand, two creative friends from St. Louis, wanted to design a fuss-free frame-less way to display photos quickly while incorporating a bit of design. After looking around for a product that did that, they couldn’t find it. Many chats later that went a little something like, “What’s missing and how can we fill the void?”, these free-spirited entrepreneurs pinpointed exactly what was needed and decided to make it themselves. Go team Sommers & Hand! One year later, Indie Mats was born, photo mats that incorporate pattern and color and go straight from the box to the wall in no time flat. Check them out below… No glass, no plexi, no frame, just a mat.

Indie Mats

Indie Mats

Indie Mats

Indie Mats

Indie Mats

Indie Mats are made in the USA, sustainably printed, and affordable ($29-$39) and available for purchase here. Of course, practicality out of the way, they look lovely, colorful and fun. Good luck with your new collection ladies and thank you for offering to debut the line today on decor8!

What do you think? Would you use these at home?

(Photos: Jonathan Pollack)

Posted by decor8 in Rooms on September 18, 2012

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  1. Jenna commented
    September 18th, 2012 at 5:21pm

    These are gorgeous but why aren’t any of the photos/cut-outs centered? And it kind of bothers me that they’re just a ‘little’ off.
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  2. Anne Sommers commented
    September 18th, 2012 at 5:47pm

    Jenna, thanks for the feedback, we’re so thrilled when people describe these as ‘gorgeous’! We designed Indie Mats to do two things – get some pattern and color onto otherwise plain walls, as well as get a photo framed. As long as we were making them custom, we decided to go with more of a “gallery mat” layout, and not center the opening. The smaller opening also allows for the best part of the photo to be high-lighted, while cropping out a lot of background. And with the smaller opening, there is also more mat for the pattern to be printed on. Hope that helps answer your question! Your feedback is truly valuable to us.

  3. Emma Hand commented
    September 18th, 2012 at 6:28pm

    Decor8, thank you for the feature & shout out on your delicious site. We are excited to bring color, style, and personalization to walls with Indie Mats. I’m happy to see that the blurb elicited comments already, too.

    Jenna, I can see why you’re thrown off “a little” with the position of the photo opening. We did this to weight the bottom. It is more visually appealing to most people to have more space at the bottom than the top. I don’t think you’re one of the majority, though :-) Maybe you’d prefer the our mini mats that are perfectly symmetrical. They are designed for 4″x6″ photos and can be displayed in a variety of perfectly balanced ways.

    Thanks again for covering our just-launched product! All feedback and design ideas welcome!

    -Emma Hand, co-founder, Indie Mats

  4. modyy commented
    September 18th, 2012 at 8:25pm

    fantastic topic realy :)
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  5. Maja commented
    September 18th, 2012 at 9:29pm

    Its cool, but very expensive. I would use scrabookpaper instead ;)
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  6. Louise commented
    September 19th, 2012 at 1:12am

    Love the idea, thanks!
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  7. jeans_and_smile commented
    September 19th, 2012 at 5:11am

    It is always hard for me to change pictures on my walls. Traditionally I should find, print or buy new pics, buy new frames, make some holes in the wall.. I think it’s smart, easy and fun way to change look of the room with these mats! Love its fresh look!
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  8. Megan commented
    September 19th, 2012 at 11:16am

    I’m such a fan of this idea! I love print and pattern, and bringing it into the room with these unconventional frames is delightful. The colours are also just dreamy! Great job ladies ;)

  9. kat commented
    October 3rd, 2012 at 8:27pm

    i totally love these – i love the fact that they are more sturdy like an actual mat which seems less flimsy than using paper. plus the designs are great.
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