Tokenframe is building a solid reputation as one of the best NFT frames for displaying digital art and video. The NFT display brand has been making waves by providing NFT collectors and art galleries with digital art frames for every purpose.
I sat down with the founder of Tokenframe to dig a little deeper into this new take on NFT art displays – read our guide to the best NFT displays for more. As Samsung has moved into this space with its The Frame and LG will support NFTs on all of its new OLED TVs using its app, LG Art Lab, NFT displays are becoming a mainstay in homes, galleries and desks.
The difference between Tokenframe and these global tech brands, according to Tokenframe founder Damian Medina, is that its NFT display is for NFT collectors, designed by an NFT collector. Medina tells me that he buys NFTs regularly, even daily, and collects “OG NFT artists” as well as scouts new artists who have “credibility”.
Token Frame Specifications
• Screens from 10 to 55 inches
• Anti-reflective coating
• 16:9 and square formats
• 1080p – 4K display, depending on size
• Automatic switching orientation, 90 degree rotation
• Removable bracket
• Integrated speakers
• Wood finish including oak, redwood and mahogany
Medina tells me his idea for Tokenframe was born in 2001, shortly after Beeple sold his NFT artwork for an auction record $69.3 million. “Tokenframe is based on 100% authenticity at all times,” Medina says. “Tokenframe does not allow you to view any downloaded media file, it will only allow you to view NFTs that you have in your wallet.”
This approach means that Tokenframe is a “for basic NFT collectors” where only verified NFTs can be streamed to the screen. It’s not like The Frame or other digital art screens that allow you to send digital images to a screen. The Tokenframe finish is tactile and features a wooden frame; a traditional feel that hides its Web3 technology, and for good reason.
“I think it’s something that reflects the traditional feeling of art,” Medina says. “When someone who doesn’t know what an NFT is, walks into your house and sees one of these things, they understand it’s art.”
The Tokenframe is controlled by a bespoke application. This allows a user to connect their crypto wallet and launch a collection on the digital display. This makes Tokenframe a personal and unique gallery for a user and their art collection. The NFT display is run from a dashboard and NFTs can be sent to multiple Tokenframes; it can show curated footage, schedules, and the screen can be adjusted from the app (this even includes power saving settings).
This ease of use on many verified screens is what makes Tokenframe ideal for galleries, but also a great option for the home. Sizes range from 10 to 55 inches, in 16:9 and square ratios, from 2K to 4K, ensuring a mix of sizes. The screens feature an anti-reflective coating to provide a matte, tactile finish.
A nifty new feature that puts Tokenframe at the heart of Web3 digital screens is the ability to share your screen with other NFT collectors. You can add anyone from anywhere in the world to your screen as a guest and allow them to stream their NFT to your Tokenframe.
Medina enthused: “We have a really robust system here which is integrated with Web3 technology, the authentication is done through the wallet login. So that’s what keeps you 100% authentic, we don’t don’t allow anything else to be cast, there’s no way to cast anything else that isn’t an NFT.”
Tokenframe: using the gallery
“I believe we’re the only product that has real wood frames, even Samsung’s The Frame, they have nice frames but they’re plastic, and that’s a big differentiator if you’ve seen this in person. You you can feel the sturdiness of the product and the quality,” says Medina.
I was lucky enough to see a Tokenframe in a gallery. A visit to the NFT Gallery (opens in a new tab) in London revealed how these NFT displays fit perfectly into an environment combining digital and traditional NFTs. In this case it is a new NFT collection from photographer William John Kennedy (opens in a new tab).
NFT Gallery co-owner Lilien Hornung-Mary tells me she “loves Tokenframe” and has been using them since NFT Gallery opened in June. The frames have a white mat around the display, which blends seamlessly into a real wood frame and goes great with traditional frames in the gallery space.
The co-owner of the gallery is cradling a small dog, an adorable little animal who seems delighted to be here. “Tokenframes are so easy to use,” says Hornung-Mary as she reaches out and begins to rotate a large 55-inch Tokenframe from portrait to landscape. The dog in his arms does not move, not one iota.
Down the street London Mayfair IT restaurant (opens in a new tab) has a number of Tokenframe screens installed showing NFT art by 3D artist Aitana Basquiat (opens in a new tab) and painter Silia Ka Tung (opens in a new tab), which has audio/video artwork displayed. We go for a walk, Hornung-Mary brings the dog from the gallery – a lively little pup who is excited about everything. At IT, I see how the Tokenframe can work in a busy, busy environment – the art is vibrant and clean.
Tokenframe: what next?
“NFTs as a technology are going to be around for the rest of our human existence,” Medina says. “As long as computers are still around and the internet is just a way to verifiably prove that a digital asset belongs to a certain person; and it also allows you to trade, sell, transfer that digital asset, […] So now we can own digital things […] And it’s not going anywhere.”
As for the types of NFTs that will exist in the coming years that will be popular with collectors and all kinds of users, “that may change,” Medina says, explaining, “They may not be Art NFTs; these may not be silly cartoon pictures of animals. In the future, your title deed may become an NFT, with a photo attached, and you can view it.
Medina continues, “We are positioning ourselves in line with the future of NFTs and not necessarily the boom that everyone thought was stupid NFTs like stupid animal pictures. But yes, technology is not going anywhere.
If you’re new to NFTs, read about them in our guide, “What are NFTs?” or try creating one yourself in our “How to create and sell an NFT” section.