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We are delighted to share with our Beò followers that we have just striked a partnership with Hein Studio. 

Who are Hein Studio?

Hein studio is a Danish company founded in 2016 by fashion Designer and Artist Rebecca Hein and Construction Architect Brian Hein. 

With a shared interest in architecture and the way of living with design and art it was the perfect foundation for creating something new and extraordinary that could last for generations to come.

The couple together with their team push the boundaries to elevate a limitless brand universe.  

Hein Sudio challenges the value of the ordinary in everyday life and elevates the frame for life by making everyday objects extraordinary. By stimulating our senses aesthetically with extraordinary objects that are functional and timeless, they can contribute to people’s well-being. 

By approaching design in a new way, where functional design becomes extraordinary. All objects are carefully curated to bring value to people’s everyday life.

Hein studio aims to simplify good choices and influence positive change in our industry. They create extraordinary objects that our customers will be able to use and love for generations. By presenting a broad collection of well-considered designs under one roof, we want to inspire people to live a more sustainable life. 

“Our Purpose is to elevate the frame for life by making everyday objects extraordinary.”

The Brand is sold in selected interior and lifestyle stores in over 23 different countries, and in their own webshop, and Beò in Scotland is honoured to join this exclusive list of stockists. You won’t find these vases anywhere else in Scotland and we promise fast delivery all over the UK. 

A great partnership

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A great partnership starts with a like- mindedness in end goals. We found Hein studio through a deep research on what kind of things our following respond to but also on what kind of business has the same ethics as us. A compatibility in product design, sustainability and consciousness of preserving the planet, and what these items represented: a harmony with nature.

A starting point for Beò was obviously a deep love for Scotland and its wild countryside and passion for protecting and mirroring nature at every turn. Scotland has an affinity with nature and a conservation of that like no other. Scotland writes poetry, songs, creates artwork and tells stories of love affairs with the sweeping mountains, rich woodlands and deep lochs. 

A favourite Scottish poem of mine which perfectly depicts the love for the Scottish landscapes is “My Heart’s in the Highlands” by the beloved poet and bard of Scotland, Robert Burns.

This poem, which is designed to be sung and has been adapted many times over, always stirred up good memories for me as a child. Hearing it at family pub lunches along the river Spey, touristy shops along Loch Ness, Hotels around Morayshire and well, all over Scotland. “My Heart’s in the Highlands’ really struck a chord for me, pining for the wild Highlands after returning home from Scotland.

“My Heart’s in the Highlands” - By Robert Burns

 

Farewell to the Highlands, farewell to the north,
The birth-place of Valour, the country of Worth;
Wherever I wander, wherever I rove,
The hills of the Highlands forever I love. 

Chorus
My heart’s in the Highlands, my heart is not here;
My heart’s in the Highlands, a-chasing the deer;
A-chasing the wild-deer and following the roe,
My heart’s in the Highlands, wherever I go.

Farewell to the mountains high-cover’d with snow;
Farewell to the straths and green valleys below;
Farewell to the forests and wild-hanging woods;
Farewell to the torrents and loud-pouring floods.

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Finding “Coorie” kindred spirits in other cultures with the Danish “Hygge”

At Beò we try to work with as many local Scottish businesses as possible, but sometimes, when we find something extra special, we will make that reach across seas. 

Hein studio is based in Denmark, where the origin of “Hygge” began. Hygge (which is also found in Norwegian language and culture) in its most basic form is the idea of feeling cosy, and creating a warm and comforting environment in your home and goes far in illuminating the Danish soul. 

Creating a warm atmosphere with the people you love and enjoying the good things in life guilt free is Hygge. Hygge exists in the flickering glow of a candlelight, the warm feeling of a freshly brewed cup of tea or coffee in your palms, the crackling sound of a fire and the comfort of snuggling up under your favourite blanket with a loved one, in your softest baggy jumper, your fluffiest socks and watching your favourite film together. 

Most of you will by now know the art of Hygge and seen many products on the market celebrating the Scandinavian wellness lifestyle, but have you heard of the Scottish cousin of this way of life “Coorie”? 

What is Coorie?

People could argue that the similarities between Hygge and Coorie are so vast that they are almost one and the same, but in that notion they couldn’t be more wrong. 

 

A Coorie lifestyle does include cosy elements for sure, but the beat which strikes louder than any in this way of living, is the complete love for the outdoors.  

Coorie comes from a Scottish Gaelic word meaning to “nestle” or “snuggle”. Phrases we often hear or read in Scotland are “Coorie doon” or “Coorie in ” which means to come and sit down with me, settle in and let’s put our feet up for the night after a hard day of exploring or working hard. This direct translation is where we think the strong comparison to Hygge began. 

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“Coorie is more than simply being cosy. Sure, it is linked, but more importantly it focuses on working out how to be in tune with our surroundings to evoke that feeling.” 

“Coorie is used to describe a feeling of cool, contemporary Caledonia. One that looks forward while also paying respect to our oldest traditions”.

The aim of corrie is “to try to lead a quieter existence where the endless pursuit of work is balanced by small pleasures,” “The art of Coorie” author Gabrielle Bennet 

But these days Coorie means much more than that. Embracing the outdoors is a huge part of that. Scotland’s scenery is unforgettable, moving and something that everyone should experience at least once in their lifetime. 

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Getting outdoors to the fresh air is a wellness practice known to add years to your life and that’s what Coorie is all about. Being present in a moment of stillness, doing nothing but absorbing the beautiful natural world around you. 

Coorie also taps into that cosy feeling of coming back to home comforts after a long and perhaps cold or damp adventure in the rolling hills and valleys. Coorie is an appreciation of the natural world, wildlife and the seasons, of the good things in life and “coorie-ing down” with your loved ones to enjoy conversation by candlelight, instead of scrolling through an app, and giving only half of your attention.

Coorie is a home cooked meal prepared using seasonal local ingredients, sustainably sourced and put together with love. Coorie is a steaming hot cup of Scottish tea at the top of a mountain you just conquered, or a step out into the garden first thing in the morning to listen to the birds and watch the day begin. 

Could the Coorie lifestyle be the thing that’s missing from your life? A simpler, slower, happier life? 

Scottish design and its likeness to Scandinavian and Japanese lifestyle

Scottish design has always had an affinity for simplistic, functional but comfortable and cosy style. Think exposed stone walls around a fireplace, tartan armchairs by the fire and handmade wonky pottery throughout the kitchen. Something I always loved when travelling through 

Scotland was the design of homes, pubs and hotels. I always felt warm, welcome and reminded of the world outside. Give me anything in tartan or with antlers and I’ll take it! 

The Scots design felt proud of how profoundly imperfect and unique that it was, not unlike the Japanese concept of ‘Wabi-Sabi”. A quiet reflection of the rugged landscape outside with minimalistic Scandinavian style elements meeting a more comfortable and rounded busy setting at the same time. Scandinavian & Japanese lifestyles and design styles have much in common with Scotland. Both Scandinavia and Japan are historical friends and allies with Scotland, but Scottish design truly remains its own creature and creation.  

The world seems to be looking at Scotland now closer than ever, for design and lifestyle inspiration. With the revelation in the newly discovered concept of “Coorie” which has actually been around for years in Scottish tradition, it’s easy to see why people are turning their gaze to the Highlands for inspiration on how to style their homes, and live calmer, more fulfilling lives. 

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What do these similarities mean?

When searching for new items to stock at Beò, the points we’ve discussed above play an integral part. 

Upon discovering Hein studio, their style and ethics, I had to get in touch. This small Danish business creating simplistic, thoughtful handmade design, inspired directly by a love for nature and the vases being calved that way was something I couldn’t stop thinking about. So unique and well executed, so in the same rhythm with our goals, I reached out.  

I reached out, nervous that such a wonderful company, such talented artist and craftsmen may not even notice us, only to be extremely pleasantly surprised by their response: 

“Hi Anna

 Thank you for your interest in Hein Studio. 

At Hein Studio we challenge the value of the ordinary in everyday life and elevate the frame for life by making everyday objects extraordinary. By stimulating our senses aesthetically with extraordinary objects that are functional and timeless, we can contribute to people’s wellbeing.

We looked at your website/materiel and believe that we in a partnership together can contribute to making everyday extraordinary.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Best Regards

Hein Studio” 

My heart skipped a beat. The gratitude I felt in that moment, to know that our vision is something transparent to others, to be seen. 

Beò is so much more than a store, we are human connections and stories, we are artwork and nature, we are home and family, we are “Coorie”.

- Anna & Stef xx

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