A few of our custom-framed editions are floated using a hinge float technique instead of a mat. In this case, the art is attached to an acid-free foam core lift hidden behind the work, mounted to a supporting white mat with a spacer between the plexiglass and the surface of the work. The result is a look that keeps your art "floated" in the center of the frame.
This is in part a deliberate aesthetic decision preferred by the artist and in part because the breathing room permitted by the float allows the characteristics of the paper to express itself. The floating technique we use is both one of the most common and most archival ways to float frame a piece of art–a technique often used for art with interesting edges or textures, original works, and anything with an artifactual feel. For preservation, we apply an extremely minimal amount of adhesive to the backside of the print (the sides are actually never affixed). Rest assured, your art is getting the star treatment!