Archive - November 2011

Karen Starr

Unconventional Christmas Trees!

Posted November 25, 2011

Spiral Tree by Tom and Patty Sullivan

Hiya! So, this past weekend we started the sale of various local artist’s versions of

‘Unconventional Christmas Trees’

I wanted to share some photos of a sampling of the trees that showed up. Many are still available, so please come down and take a look.

We are open our normal hours (Tuesday-Friday, 11:00-5:30 and Saturday, 11:00-3:00) through December 23rd – and then we’re closed for the rest of the year for our mom-and-pop-shop-holiday until January 3rd.) Hope to see you!

P.S. Tomorrow, 11/26, is “Small Business Saturday”, so please do some (if not all) of your holiday shopping at small, independent stores this Saturday – and at awesome art and craft fairs like ‘Crafty Mart’ happening from 10:00-5:00 down at Musica.

Keep the cheer here! Buy local this holiday season!

Synthetic Tennenbaum’ by Sylvia Masek

Bottle Cap Tree by Brooke Kelly (over 1,000 caps on this tree!)

Doorknob and Spindle Tree by Bret Hines

Bicycle Chain Tree by Red

Happy Holidays to you and yours!


Karen Starr

Office Design - Nanotronics Imaging Ohio

Posted November 4, 2011

Recently I had the pleasure of designing a new office space for a company called Nanotronics Imaging. The company, that develops high-resolution software for microscopes, has offices in New York City, Silicon Valley, and now...Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio.

In mid-2011, they made the decision to house their company's largest operation right here in Northeast Ohio, banking on the fact that the area is not only rich with beautiful landscapes and attractive travel resources for their global clientele, but also rich with tech talent.

I couldn't be happier to be the designer that brought the company's vision into their day-to-day work environment...where high-tech meets high-fun.

Below are some photographs of the project, followed by a link to an interview I did with the CEO of the company, Dr. Matthew Putman. In the interview, Matthew and I discuss things like materials used, my design philosophy and the color red. Enjoy!

The conference room table was fabricated around two gorgeous aluminum and brass doors that were salvaged from a bank in Beachwood Mall and was designed to accommodate modern day technology. The over-sized dry erase board was made in-house using a red and black molding from our framing collection. The art on the walls are framed images of materials photographed using Nanotronics Imaging software. The images are: (left) cancer cells, (center) neurons, (right) silicon.

The resin windows built into the conference room/main area accent walls utilize some of the cut-off scraps left over from the material used in place of typical glass in all of the interior doors of the office. That specific color and pattern in the resin is “very Nanotronics”.

A good view of the original bank doors and also of the base and support bars fabricated to support the 200 lb. doors.

A view of the main entrance and demo island area. The demo island was constructed on-site to accommodate the exact sizes of this equipment and the specific height needed for the work that would be done in this area.

The high-top table you see here is actually a liquid table top. If you run your fingers over the top, the purple liquid inside moves around. You can’t walk by this table without stopping to play with it – exactly what we wanted.

Please click here to visit the Nanotronics Imaging website page that holds the interview about the office design.