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Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation

Belen Ferrier & Mohamed Kahlia

Belen Ferrier & Mohamed Kahlia Frame maker
Contact
French, English, Spanish
Hours:
Monday to Friday 10:00 - 17:00
Phone:
+41 223212427
Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation

The ancient art of frame making

  • • Belén and Mohamed run Atelier B in Geneva
  • • They create contemporary frames with traditional techniques
  • • They restore antique frames and specialise in gilding

Established in 2003 by Spanish-born Belén Ferrier Llamas, Atelier B in Geneva specialises in the restoration of antique frames and in the creation of a wide variety of contemporary mouldings, all handmade in wood, leather or metal. The expertise of Atelier B also encompasses the making of gilded frames and objects using fine gold leaf techniques. “I really love my work, it has been a very important part of my entire existence,” she affirms. Belén has recently teamed up with Mohamed Kahlia, a French master artisan with many years of experience working for a famous atelier member of the prestigious Compagnons de France.

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Works

  • Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
  • Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
  • Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
Photo: Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
French frame - Louis XIII

This frame, hand carved and gilded in the style of 17th century Louis XIII frame, was gilded on red underlay, creating a subtle play of brilliant gold and matt red. The frame has been sculpted with motives of acanthus leaves and cartouches.

Height 25.5 cm
Width 19 cm
Depth 4.3 cm

Belen Ferrier & Mohamed Kahlia Frame maker
Photo: Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
French frame - Louis XIV

This gilt frame was based on a design from the second half of the 17th century. The baguette was made by the metre and features hand carved ribbons. A red underlay was used below the gold leaf, leaving a subtle play of matt red and bold gold.

Height 36 cm
Width 29.4 cm
Depth 3.5 cm

Belen Ferrier & Mohamed Kahlia Frame maker
Photo: Jess Hoffmann © Michelangelo Foundation
French frame – Louis XIV

This intricately carved wooden frame has been gilded on red underlay. The underlayer is left apparent at places and creates a playful contrast between the matt red and gold leaf. The frame is based on a Louis XIV frame created in the second half of the 17th century.

Height 20.4 cm
Width 16.6 cm
Depth 9.5 cm

Belen Ferrier & Mohamed Kahlia Frame maker

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