Founded in 1974 by David and Fiona Lewis-Browne, the business started in what was then a small suburban house in Wynberg with a beautiful welcoming courtyard, an orchard out back and situated just a stone’s throw away from the growing central business district of Sandton. The family team of David, Fiona and their daughter Cara, built a reputation based on their knowledge of the South African art industry, their no-compromise attitude, absolute professionalism and makers of fine art crafted and gilded frames.
From these small beginnings and two generations later, the business was sold in 2017 by the retiring Lewis-Browne family. The new owners absorbed all the production and manufacturing facilities, not to mention the skilled staff who have served DLB and its customers for over 45 years. Taking over the business meant a new era for existing clients, it meant new relationships and shifting allegiances, but most importantly it meant new blood, fresh energy and a desire for success. It also meant inheriting 45 years of beautiful old frames, imported moulding, classic craftsmanship tools. A treasure chest we covert dearly.
The Wynberg ‘house’ and has since grown: a new photographic studio was added, the assembly line expanded, the workshop space doubled, and the beautiful courtyard still welcomes visitors to sit for a moment and take in this little oasis in Wynberg. This is where the framing journey begins; for us, it is a process that is considered and engaging every step of the way.
As new owners, we are committed to being the artisanal entrepreneurs of the framing industry.
nothing ordinary: everything exceptional.