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September 14, 2016

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Like many parents, Natasha Lehnert McRee wanted a way to frame her children’s art work that was both stylish – and super easy to change. After teaming up with Morgan Kimble Doherty, a professional muralist, the design duo came up with a simple and elegant solution.

The company: Wexel Art Displays started in 2010 in Austin. The Texas company designs and makes acrylic frames, which come in various colors, shapes and sizes and work in two styles: a single panel of acrylic that uses strong magnets to hold the art in place and a double-panel frame that sandwiches the art between two pieces of plexiglass.

The founders/designers: A Houston native, McRee graduated from Louisiana State University and worked at GSD&M, a Texas ad agency, before going out on her own. Doherty grew up in Vineland, NJ, and earned her degree in printmaking and painting from Rowan University (NJ). She worked as custom framer before meeting McRee and collaborating on several design projects prior to starting Wexel Art.

The materials: Acrylic and rare earth magnets that it has a patented design on, plus hardware in silver, bronze, black or (new) brushed gold.

What’s popular: Mondrian Set of Wallscapes ($800 to $1,800 and shown below). Sizes include 60 inches, 90 inches or 123 inches in 18 different colors.

Other favorites: Eva Zeisel Collection of three frames ($165.95).

Fun requests: Wall frames shaped like states, including Texas, Tennessee and Oregon; acrylic kennel doors with puppy paw prints; and snowflake ornaments made from leftover acrylic scrap materials.

Claim to fame: Made frames for CNN when the media company wanted to frame 30 of its most pivotal broadcast images.

Where to buy: wexelart.com, and in Atlanta, at Nandina Home and Design, 245 No. Highland Ave. (nandinahome.com)

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