Nielsen Bainbridge is the world's largest manufacturer of high-quality picture framing products. Their 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 color 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.

In 1979, Bainbridge made another innovation, introducing the first archival matboard with color, Alphamat, allowing framers and their customers to enjoy the benefits of preservation without sacrificing design.

Nielsen made history in 1971, with its patented corner joining system for metallic moulding, leading the industry in metal framing for posters. We've since raised the art of the metal frame into an exciting and creative alternative to fine traditional wood mouldings. Nielsen metallic mouldings bring exclusive, innovative shapes and patented finishes to every kind of artwork, from posters and black-and-white photography to contemporary and high-end art.

In 1984, the two pioneering companies, Nielsen & Bainbridge, came together like two halves of a whole - and have continued successfully to this day.

In 1987 Megawood Mouldings (now Megawood Larson-Juhl) first started selling and distributing Nielsen Bainbridge products, and is now the exclusive distributor for Nielsen Bainbridge in Australia.

And in 1995, Nielsen Bainbridge introduced "Artcare" Technology, the first- and still 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 recognized the creative possibilities in the framing and matting of art. Both were motivated by the belief that the 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.

Bainbridge Factory - 1882

Original Matboard Patent - 1890

Matboard Specifier - 1967


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