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About Us

Est. 2006 | Peeps we owe! | Our Resume

Sonnenzimmer is the Chicago-based studio of Nick Butcher and Nadine Nakanishi. Merging backgrounds in typography, printmaking, graphic design and fine art, we create hand-crafted posters, books, music packaging, publications, public art, and commissioned images for a wide array of clients. Most of our projects are screen printed in-house. We are always up for the challenge of producing unique visuals and concepts for projects. If you are interested in working with us, don’t hesitate to contact us. To read about our process, check our FAQ page.

We’ve had somewhat of an elastic existence (est. 2006) since beginning as a shared painting studio, equipped with industrial screen printing equipment, the venture quickly morphed into a design and print studio specializing in hand-crafted prints and design for some of the city’s most recognized cultural institutions. As image making is becoming more and more present in commerce and enjoying a true revival in printmaking and painting, we hope our mixture of fine and applied art will be looked at as complimentary assets.

Our work is rooted in investigation of  idiosyncratic imagery, systems, and material. This is explored through many lenses—collaborative, experimental, and commercial in nature. We have exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and in the Art Institute of Chicago. Our work can also be found in collections of the Art Institute of Chicago, Design and Architecture Department; the Museum of Design Zürich, Plakatraum; and the University of Maryland, The Art Gallery. Our artist’s books are also at home in such collections as the Stanford Art and Architecture Library and Vanderbilt University.

That said, we exist because of individuals. So, don’t hesitate to reach out. We’d love to hear from you.