Nielsen Bainbridge is the world's largest manufacturer of high-quality picture framing products. Our designs and innovations, driven by a passion for beauty in the presentation of art, have defined and, on more than one occasion, redefined the industry.
Bainbridge began in 1867, in Brooklyn, NY, and made history when Charles T. Bainbridge patented his "picture-mat," which was the very first decorative matboard. It introduced colour and texture to matting, instantly transforming it into an element of design, and giving birth to the picture framing industry as we know it. In 1890, Charles T Bainbridge applied for the world's first patent on matboard.
Nielsen was founded in 1971 by the American Townsend von Helmar Nielsen, his patented corner joining system for metallic moulding made history, leading the industry in metal framing for posters. Nielsen metallic mouldings bring exclusive, innovative shapes and patented finishes to every kind of artwork, from posters and black & white photography to contemporary and high-end art. Years later with the purchase of an aluminium press industrial manufacture of picture frames was established in Rheda, Germany. Today the brand Nielsen is synonymous with aluminium picture frames.
In 1979, Bainbridge made another innovation, introducing the first archival matboard with colour, Alphamat, allowing framers and their customers to enjoy the benefits of preservation without sacrificing design.
In 1984, the two pioneering companies, Nielsen & Bainbridge, came together and have continued successfully to this day. In 1995, Nielsen Bainbridge introduced "Artcare" Technology, the first, and still the only archival-plus matboard that proactively protects artwork and photographs against fading and deterioration caused by common pollutants and acid by-products.
From the start, both Nielsen and Bainbridge recognised the creative possibilities in the framing and matting of art. Both were motivated by the belief that framing not only enhanced the art's inherent beauty, but had the power to make the art serve as a design element that breathed life into the spaces where it was hung.
Nielsen Bainbridge merged with Pinnacle Frames in early 2011 & Burnes of Boston in 2012 to form the Nielsen Bainbridge Group.
In 2014 the Nielsen Bainbridge Group acquired The home Décor Companies, a leading provider of home décor products in North America.
Nielsen Bainbridge UK
The leading supplier of design-led products & solutions to the UK's picture framing industry.