I Heart Our Hood...

We are so excited: our friends and fellow merchants Jeff and Noel from Yearbook got a fantastic write-up in Chicago Home & Garden Magazine. What's even cooler: the writer, Gina Bazer, also listed us and our neighbor Moss Modern Flowers as destinations. (Thank you Jan Parr for dropping by and dropping off this great issue. Made my weekend!)

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bloesem blog


Wow, how cool...today one of my favorite blogs, Bloesem, featured our Love Letters Collection. If you haven't bookmarked Bloesem yet, I think you should.

Founder and Editor Irene Hoof, who calls herself a "collector of all things beautiful" created Bloesem in December 2006. Leaving her hometown Amsterdam for the first time in 1997, Irene roamed the globe for a couple of years making stop overs in London, New York and Toronto. A graphic designer by trade she now lives in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia with her husband Rik and two sons, Lode and Kiet. From her home office ( overlooking a bamboo garden) she writes this blog to bring outside-the-mainstream daily finds to her readers. ( Of course she has a slight bias for Dutch design.) Read, then bookmark. Enjoy!

How to spell LOVE...

As I promised before...here a few more BINTH Love Letters for you.

BINTH Love Letter "Y" by Language Dept.


BINTH Love Letter "E" by Donovan Beeson


BINTH Love Letter "V" by Kristen Caston


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The Letters of Love...

We are about to release a beautiful new collection called BINTH Love Letters! I am so excited about this new line and wanted to give a quick peek behind the curtains here...

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Ceramic Designer Eva Zeisel passed away last week at the age of 105. She died after an almost 90 year long career, in which she designed over 100,000 objects and led a remarkable life that started in Hungaria, and brought her via Russia to the USA. She settled in Rockland County, New York, where she spend the last 50 something years of her life. Eva's life and her work where extraordinary. Driven by curiosity and passion, she didn't follow trends and had a rather humble mission: " I hoped my designs would give pleasure to the user when he had time to notice them, and yet recede when he was too busy or tired." In her playful quest for beauty, she was trying to tell us that design should communicate. With us. And with each other. That things have emotional effects on us. That  everyday objects can and should be soulful friends.

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Themis Mobiles

If you know me, you know that I love mobiles. These "Themis" Mobiles by Stockholm Artists and Designer Clara von  Zweigbergk are gorgeous. We just got them in and at  $29.50 this is a beautiful gift for the hard-to-buy for type with a lot of taste...of course you could also hang it in the nursery.  Mine will go into my new, all white study.

“The shapes quickly came together as a mobile. I think of them as planets and like to see the colors change while gently turning.”

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Marlene is here

While we were celebrating the opening of our new Studio + Store my sister gave birth to her first child. Yesterday my brother in law finally shared some photographs. Here they are: Julia with her daughter Marlene Yolanda, born on 12.1.11 at 5:05am in Frankfurt, Germany. I am longing to hold her. Welcome Marlene! May you grow into your name and become strong and beautiful and smart. Like your mom.


"Shop Girls." Sarah + Keeli

You are probably wondering who will be managing the store when I am at the agency?  I want to introduce you to my fellow "shop girls": Sarah and Keeli. Both artists, mothers and good friends...Come in and meet them!

" I am Sarah Steedman. Mother of two young girls. An artist, a crafter and a sculptor. I am also a passionate gardener and cook and have a weakness for good chocolate. Suzanna and I have been friends for a long time and shared many good meals together. I love Scandinavian design aesthetic, and will listen to any kind of music at all, although lately I've been re-visiting the 80's pop of my Michigan youth. I am looking forward to working at the first brick and mortar Binth store!  For the past seven years I have worked as a stay at home mom, designing and selling stuffed animal toys under the name "Scrappynation." My new line is called "Hushlings"-stuffed worry cloud toys for kids of all ages. Come in and check them out!  My goals here at Binth Studio + Store are to have fun, to laugh often and to work at making the store and studio a great space to visit."

" My name is Keeli Mickus. I am a wife, mother of two, lover of apple pie and a design addict. I am a graphic designer by trade and before joining her at BINTH, Suzanna and I have worked on some major advertising campaigns together. I believe there is room for smart and artful design in the everyday. I believe in editing, editing and more editing. 

My favorite things right now are a whimsical cookie jar, irreverent wall plates, magnetic building blocks. Oh, and the dress that fits just right. Having spent half my life in Germany, I have an affinity for most things German. We try to speak German around my boys and here at the Studio. I am very excited about this new creative adventure called Binth Studio + Store. Stop by and visit. Bring the kids! "

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Opening Night

We had an amazing Opening. Thanks to all 300 of you that stopped by during the course of the night! Sorry I didn't have more time to chat...please come back soon!


Thanks to our fellow Madison Street Merchants for helping us throw this amazing party: Chris from Moss Modern Flowers created gorgeous arrangements. Connie Brown from the Brown Cow Ice Cream Parlor brought over an industrial cooler filled with handy scoops of our favorite flavors: Vanilla, Coffee, Strawberry, Peanut Butter Chocolate and Bubble Gum. We ran out of Coffee first...which might be because it is my favorite - and by the way this shows that yes, it's perfectly fine to serve ice cream in December. Noah and Jef from Yearbook Studios graciously agreed to bring over their show stopping Union Jack Chairs...yes, they are for sale ( and I know you want them Martin Wonnacott.) Neb from House Red stocked the bar with German and Kroation wines...I was told they were fantastic...by our friend Drew who claims he had to play bartender all night long- which might explain why we ran through 40 bottles in less than three hours...! Check out some Party Pics on our facebook page.

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SOON is over!

After working behind kraftpapered windows for the past three month - the day has come to rip it all down. We peeled off our "coming soon" sign 5 minutes before the first friends and neighbors arrived. Because SOON is over. SOON has become NOW. Welcome!

'tis the season ... and our note pads are back!

Friends, I am very thrilled about this: our new BINTH Note Pads are here!  In 2 practical sizes, 3 stunning colors and 9 fantastic designs....I think I got us covered.

When you go to the site to take a look, don't be fooled by the fuchsia designs, every note pad cover comes in three color styles...sky blue, iridescent and fuchsia. ( It's just that the fuchsia shows the best on a web site. )  All 3 cover stocks are absolutely gorgeous in color and texture. Hope you will love these as much as we do.

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Coming Soon—BINTH Studio + Store

Today I want to share some big news...

We are opening our very first BINTH Store. Yes, we found the perfect space right on Madison Street in our beloved  Forest Park. Our building is an old Masonic Meeting Hall with 15 feet ceilings, large windows and beautiful old beams and brick walls. We are very excited and can not wait to open our doors to you.

In addition to our own collection the BINTH Studio + Store we will also feature the work of select other American and European designers. Simply put: we will sell things we make and things we love.

We are still in the middle of the renovation, but I will start posting updates during the following weeks. Please mark your calendars now for the Opening Party on Thursday, December 1, 2011.See you there and hey, bring the kids!

“Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air…”

— R.W. Emerson

The bags we carry...

We Germans have a thing about bags. For us bags are highly functional objects and never meant to be frivolous. Bags are form not fad. Bags are not a fashion accessory, they are a "tool." Now, don't get me wrong, color, shape, material and overall look play a big role when buying a bag-but they are considered second to "functionality." It starts early. Here my brother and I with our very first bags, our kindergarten bags. It took a while to find the right ones, I remember...

In my opinion there is one German brand that has managed to strike a great balance between form, function and innovation and that is BREE. I grew up with BREE bags. BREE bags use the best leather, the best hardware and they last forever.

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"All my work's purpose is make as many people as possible happy."

— Walter Bosse

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