Design Star: Framing Edition Contest

Larson-Juhl is pleased to announce the 5th annual Design Star Competition! If you are a Custom Framer, this is your opportunity to showcase your design skills.

The 2016 Grand Prize Design Star Winners are Micah Paul Bolton and Katrina Magowan from The Studio Shop in San Mateo, CA. As part of their prize, they are collaborating with the Larson-Juhl Design Team to create a new collection of frame mouldings. The new collection will be introduced at the West Coast Art & Frame Show on January 23, 2017. We hope to see you there!

The 2017 Design Star submission period has now ended. Our judgest are busy reviewing each category to determine a winner at this year's Design Star event at West Coast Art and Frame! 

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Design Star: Framing Edition Contest

Important Information


  • Only Larson-Juhl mouldings may be used in your designs.
  • Please enter your design in the appropriate category. Larson-Juhl may recategorize your entry, if required.
  • All entries must be submitted online.
  • By entering, you give Larson-Juhl permission to use your photos for promotional and educational purposes.
  • All entries must be received on or before December 3rd, 2016. The contest is now closed.


Your entries will be judged by your peers in the custom framing industry and interior design experts. All judges will be announced at the awards presentation at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo in Las Vegas. Judges may not enter the Design Star competition.


Winners will be announced at the Design Star event at the West Coast Art & Frame Expo in Las Vegas on January 23rd, 2017. You do not have to be present to win, but we hope to see you there! Click on the button below for a list of prizes.

Important Information

Register to Attend Design Star

Registration to attend the Design Star event is now open. Our event will be Monday, January 23rd at 6PM. This event is complementary, but registration is required. The event/class number is SE1007. We look forward to seeing you there!

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Design Star Categories

Frame Design for Objects
The ultimate challenge - there's nothing we can't frame, right!? 
2017 Category Winner: Sara Applegate from Applegate Gallery in Vienna, VA.

Frame Design for Mirrors
Did you know millenials account for 51% of the mirror market? Attract a younger demographic with beautifully framed mirrors!
2017 Category Winner: Malia Bolt from Purple House Gallery in Gainesville, GA.

Frame Designs for Textiles
Stitchery, tapestries, quilts, oh my! One exception... jerseys, jackets, clothes, etc. should go in the Objects category, please!
2017 Category Winner: Christian Harwell from Cyrus Custom Framing in Canton,OH.

Frame Designs for Documents
Custom framing transforms documents to treasures - what was once hidden in a drawer becomes the center of attention on a wall. Hint: the artwork should be primarily words. Paper artwork belongs in a different category.
2017 Category Winner: Michael Gluckman from Around the Edge Unlimited in West Palm Beach, FL.

Frame Designs for Art on Canvas
This is the big show for float frames! However, all Larson-Juhl frames are free game, as long as the artwork is on canvas.
2017 Category Winner: Mark Richards from LightHaven in American Fork, UT.

Frame Designs for Art on Paper
This classic medium never ceases to impress - the 2016 Design Stars won in this category! 
2017 Category Winner: Christian Harwell from Cyrus Custom Framing in Canton, OH.

Frame Designs for Photography
Experts estimate that 1.7 TRILLION photographs will be taken in 2017! How do you inspire consumers to frame all those digital images? We can't wait to see your creative designs for photography!
2017 Category Winner: Mel Reeder from Accent Studio in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Design Star Categories