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Certain things are so closely associated with a particular time that they become timeless. There is no better example of this than the String shelf system designed by Nisse Strinning in 1949.


It may seem strange that a thing so simple and unpretentious as this economical, light shelving with its minimal framing has become one of the twentieth century’s foremost design icons. But the reasons are many. It is simple and economical to transport as a flat package. The shelves are easy to assemble. Each shelf can be quickly relocated. Shelves of different depths can be combined and the framing functions as book-end. It is robust and can be extended in any direction. String is equally suited to a large or small wall. The elegant and delicate framing characterises the shelf: a refined ladder climbing up the wall. Smart, adjustable, flexible; it can always be rebuilt, reinvented and transformed. It is no surprise that the freedom-hungry people of post-war Europe took the simple modernist design of String to their hearts.


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