Smart Glass Display Frames

for Antique Maps, Photographs and Textiles

ArtRatio Frame Vitrine - Lit
ArtRatio Frame Vitrine - Dark

ArtRatio Wall Mounted Display Frames offer a spectacular view on fragile art and antique collections best viewed vertically, such as maps, paintings and textiles. ​

The switchable smart glass facade proactively reduces UV, infrared and visible light damage on light-sensitive materials, such as photographs, old newspaper and silk, by switching into a transparent state only when someone is viewing the item. ​

At all other times, the object sits in complete darkness, enjoying after-hours security for museums, antique luxury retailers and private collectors.

Our patent-pending cloud-based art conservation system reduces the risk of colour fading and structural breakdown by adjusting the glass transmittance and internal lighting before temperature, humidity and light levels exceed their limits. ​

We also publish an index of popularity to gauge how long the work has been viewed, giving an invaluable metric on visitor engagement. ​

This allows fragile, light-sensitive collections to be exhibited without exceeding international light exposure limits.

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  • Conservation-compliant powder-coated steel
  • Exterior colour to client spec
  • Security lock for artwork compartment
  • Passive humidity control
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  • 1 Panel of variable-tint smart glass, dimmable to any level
  • Min glass transmittance: <1%
  • Max glass transmittance: 49%
  • UV Blocking: 99%
  • Anti-bandit glass to BS EN 356 (P4A)
  • Internal LED lighting, colour rendering > 90, no UV
  • Allows compliance to CIE 157, BSI PAS 198 and CIBSE SLL LG8
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  • Smart Glass and LEDs activated by adjustable IR proximity sensor
  • WiFI connectivity to IEEE 802.11-n
  • Cloud-based portal monitors artwork popularity, temperature, humidity and light
  • Electrical Safety to 2014/35/EU
  • Mechanical Safety to 2006/42/EU
  • Electro-Magnetic Compatibility to 2014/30/EU


Case Study

Read about how ArtRatio currently protects the original map of the 1815 Battle of Waterloo at the Royal Engineers Museum in the UK.

Waterloo Map 1815 - original

Still not sure? Hire our Demo Table

If you like the concept, but you are not sure yet if our products are right for you, try hiring our Demo Table.

(Only available at the moment in the UK).