We are very happy to announce that earlier this month Clairefontaine Rhodia, the subsidiary Rhodia is a part of, acquired the beloved and well regarded Stillman & Birn brand of sketchbooks.
The Stillman & Birn collection offers artists a unique system of premium sketchbooks designed to support mixed media, allowing them to choose the paper weight, shade, and surface that are best suited for their practice. The sketchbooks are made with robust, high-performance Schut paper and are bound in the USA.
As you may know, the Schut mill has been manufacturing fine paper in the Netherlands since 1618. And in 1998, Clairefontaine Rhodia acquired Schut Papier, B.V. as a subsidiary of Exacompta Clairefontaine. So it makes perfect sense for Clairefontaine to add Stillman & Birn to its fine art lines.
A little bit about Stillman & Birn: They’ve been a key player in the fine arts materials industry in the U.S. for decades. Its founder was an esteemed Viennese bookbinder and craftsman, Philip Birn (1911 – 2004), who pioneered the concept of the black hardbound sketchbook from his small plant on Lafayette Street, Manhattan in 1958.
Like Clairefontaine Rhodia, Stillman & Birn embraces a tradition of uncompromising quality. We look forward to growing and preserving the quality and care that has made all three brands and their suppliers so popular among artists and students for what adds up to almost 500 years in the paper-making industry.