Early this year, Christian Harwell of Cyrus Custom Framing & Art took home the grand prize at Larson-Juhl’s second annual “Design Star: Framing Edition” competition. He received a $500 Larson-Juhl moulding credit and now has the opportunity to collaborate with the Larson-Juhl Design Team on a new moulding collection.
I am humbled beyond words for this kind of recognition from my peers. It is truly an honor to be the next Design Star,” Harwell said. “I have always wanted to help design a line of moulding, and I can’t wait to get started.
Hundreds of custom framers submitted entries to the framing competition, which was held at the West Coast Art & Frame Show in Las Vegas. Custom framers from around the world sent in photographs of their creative framing projects in seven categories: objects, mirrors, textiles, documents, art on canvas, art on paper and photography. A panel of industry experts selected first, second and third place winners in each category. Harwell earned both first and second place in the photography category as voted on by industry expert and Larson-Juhl designer Linda Omelianchuk.
Harwell won the title of 2014 Design Star for beautifully framing a military photograph along with a WWII medallion and engraved 21-gun salute bullet casings. He framed the mementos in a moulding from Larson-Juhl’s Ashland collection, #351732, and used Bainbridge mat boards to add emphasis.