String Shelving – Modern since 1949

The String ® system was designed in 1949. Over 60 years it has evolved from being a ground-breaking concept to becoming one of the most loved pieces of classic Scandinavian design. Each component of the system is so well thought through that there is an almost infinite variety of combinations. thanks to the slim panels it’s possible to create a shelf large enough for any number of books and objects that still looks light. The components are available in a range of colours and materials, yet the measurements are fixed and have never been altered. that’s why a String ® shelf can always be rebuilt, reinvented and transformed.

The designer Nils Strinning was born in Kramfors and came from a Swedish family with origins in the 18th Century.  He designed the String Shelving system in 1949 for a contest initiated by Bonnier public library. In the 1940s, he studied architecture at the  Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH).  In 1952 he founded the two companies String Design AB and Swedish Design AB. Together with his wife, he designed many plastic items in 1960 – and 1970’s.

This year sees an addition to the range – the “Shelf Bowl” its perfect for storing those things you never seem to find a place for.

String Shelving
New String Shelving system featuring the new “Bowl Shelf”

String Shelving - Shelf Bowl
Shelf Bowl – perfect for your plants
String - Shelf Bowl
Flexible use for the new Shelf Bowl

String also has a smaller brother called String Pocket. Truly flexible system made up with 2 wall panels and 3 shelves. Available in 10 different colours they can be built up to create some truly unique configurations.

Configuration of String Pocket finished in copper
Configuration of String Pocket finished in copper
String Pockets - colour and flexibility
String Pockets – colour and flexibility

String Shelving is a true Design Classic. Its flexibility and modularity are so appealing it features in 3 rooms in the Cimmermann household.

The Team at Cimmermann