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About The Makers - Margaret and Chris Helthaler

Standing Impressions Founders - Margaret and Chris Helthaler


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Hi - we are Margaret and Chris Helthaler. We founded Standing Impressions as a way to blend our professional and creative lives.

Margaret is an artist and educator with thirty years of experience in the graphic design industry. Her art is informed by a deep attachment to nature and the rural landscape. She enjoys exploring photography and other media.

Margaret shares her images as high-quality prints on fine art paper, canvas, metal, and ceramic tiles.

Chris worked in the insurance industry for over twenty-five years. Not long ago he traded his long commute for the joys of woodworking. The practice evokes childhood memories of building a house with his parents and little sister.

Chris makes our cocktail tables.

We both draw inspiration from our home in upstate New York's Catskill/Hudson Valley region, but we come at it from different perspectives. Margaret grew up in a farmhouse that was built by her great-great-grandfather, while Chris is a transplant. His parents got the idealistic notion to leave Wallington, New Jersey to build a house in the Catskills. Chris spent the weekends and summers of his youth working on the home. 

The Origin of our Cocktail Tables

One day, while admiring a small table that belonged to Chris' mother, Margaret commented she would like to create a similar piece. She is fond of the square format, so it was easy to envision her work printed on the 6x6-inch tile inlay. Margaret thought the table offered a unique way to display art.

Soon after, Chris connected with professional woodworkers to develop a prototype. Then Margaret set about learning how to make the tiles.

About our Tiles and Tables

Margaret uses dye-sublimation imprinting to produce our tiles. The process creates a beautiful and durable image on a specially coated ceramic tile.

When possible, Chris handcrafts our tables with locally sourced hardwoods. Our signature design stands approximately seventeen inches tall with a twelve-inch square top with a 6x6-inch tile inlay.

The tile can easily be removed and replaced with another for seasonal changes or updates in decor. We also offer table tops made out of specialty woods that do not include a tile inlay.

We welcome custom tile and table orders. Please contact us to discuss your needs.

See our FAQ page for more information.


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