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Moebe keeps the oak frame simple

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Interested in a Moebe oak frame, but don’t know what to put in? Scroll down for some great DIY suggestions.

What we love about Scandinavian design is its simplicity. Moebe, a Danish design brand making oak frames, is all about keeping things simple.

The brand was founded by cabinetmaker Anders Thams and architects Nicholas Oldroyd and Martin D. Christensen. Moebe has its roots in Copenhagen, the city we would call Scandinavian design heaven.

Designing from curiosity and intuition, but always focusing on the essentials, the designers at Moebe came up with the oak frames. It’s a contemporary take on the traditional oak picture frame. They reduced it to its core form and gave it transparency.

MOEBE frame oak


The Moebe frame consists of two pieces of acrylic glass, four oak lists and a rubber band. Nothing more, nothing less; it is truly that minimal. It’s easily assembled and you can place it against a wall, or hang it horizontally or vertically. It comes in different sizes ranging from A4 to A2.

Moebe’s simple act of making front and back transparent is brilliant. The oak frame goes from being a backdrop to being an actor in the play. It still has the characteristics of a traditional picture frame; namely to enhance, to protect and make something easy to display.

But a Moebe frame has the ability to add another layer. It requires seeing the frame not as a passive carrier for separate content, but rather an active part of a whole.

Interested in a Moebe oak frame, but don’t know what to put in? Let’s give you some suggestions.

Dried flowers or leaves

We are fascinated by floriography, the language of flowers. Flowers are a great gift for loved ones, but it can be a pity to witness the wilting.

By gifting dried flowers you give someone a long-lasting pleasure to look at.

All you need is a flower press or just a pile of books, and you’re ready go. Choose flowers or leaves that are fresh. Recut the stems and hydrate them in water for a few hours.

Flowers with naturally flat faces are the easiest to press. If you prefer a thicker flower, split them down the middle with a scissor or knife.

Place the leaves and/or flowers between papers (any kind of paper will do, even coffee filters!) and press them. After 2 to 3 weeks you’re flowers and/or leaves are ready to be used.

Keep it minimal and stick with one leaf or flower, or go bold and mix different colors and sizes.

Collage of paper cut-outs

Be inspired by the cut-outs of Henri Matisse and cut shapes out of colored paper. Create your own world of abstractions, plants, landscapes and shapes.

Work within a theme or color palette, or be inspired by your intuition and creativity.

Art print

Not up for making something yourself? What about these prints, all from talented designers. Some of them big, some of them small. From €2,50 to €99, there is a print for every budget. 

With frame sizes going from A4 to A2, a lot is possible! You can choose to leave space around the print, or fill the oak frame to the edges. 

It’s obvious that there are many more possibilities with the Moebe oak frames. We hope you’re up for discovering them, and feel inspired to create original gifts for your loved ones.

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