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Stillman & Birn  1958 – The Origins

Stillman & Birn has been associated with the art materials industry in the United States for decades. The original company was founded in 1958 by Philip Birn (1911 – 2004), a highly admired Viennese bookbinder who brought his "old world" craftsmanship to a small plant in the SoHo section of Manhattan. From his plant at 270 Lafayette Street, Philip Birn pioneered the concept of the black hardbound sketchbook.


Stillman & Birn products are proudly made in the USA and shipped from our manufacturing facility in Hamburg, NY. Because we are one of the few fine art companies that are vertically integrated, controlling the entire production cycle from manufacture of our papers through to the binding process, Stillman & Birn are not only able to guarantee consistent quality, but also to minimize environmental impact.


Stillman & Birn Mixed Media Sketchbooks

There are seven series in the Stillman & Birn sketchbook :

  • Alpha (Heavyweight, Medium Grain, White)
  • Beta (Extra Heavyweight, Cold Press, White)
  • Gamma (Heavyweight, Medium Grain, Ivory)
  • Delta (Extra Heavyweight, Cold Press, Ivory)
  • Epsilon (Heavyweight, Smooth, White)
  • Zeta (Extra Heavyweight, Smooth, White)
  • Nova (Heavyweight, Medium Grain, Beige/Grey/Black)


*All but the Nova Series are available in a wide selection of sizes and 2-3 orientations as well as hardbound, wirebound, and softbound formats. Full sheets also available. (Nova Series, including Nova Trio, available in softbound and wirebound.)*

Stillman & Birn Mixed Media Sketchbooks - Zeta Series

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