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

Scandinavian Style – The Things We Love About it

Scandinavian design emerged in the 1950s in the Scandinavian countries Denmark, Norway, Sweden and Finland. It is a design movement characterized by simplicity, minimalism and functionality. Soft subtle colour pallettes are often favoured with oak or walnut wood finishes.

The Lunning Prize, awarded to outstanding Scandinavian designers between 1951 and 1970, was instrumental in both making Scandinavian design a recognized commodity, and in defining the profile of Scandinavian design. Since 2006, the tradition of a pan-Nordic design award has been resumed with the Forum AID Award.

The idea that beautiful and functional everyday objects should not only be affordable to the wealthy, but to all, is a core theme in the development of modernism and functionalism. This was realised in post-WWII Scandinavian design. The ideological background was the emergence of a particular Scandinavian form of social democracy in the 1950s, as well as the increased availability of new low-cost materials and methods for mass production. Scandinavian design often makes use of form-pressed wood, plastics, anodized or enamelled aluminum or pressed steel.

Some of the most influential designers in the Scandinavian Design movement included Verner Panton, Arne Jacobsen, Nils Strinning and Hans Wegner. From the modern crop of design companies Muuto and HAY lead the way with their simple and affordable furniture/lighting designs. The colour palettes that both companies use are bang on trend but at the same time timeless. The soft pinks, greens and greys mix so well with oak wood.

Muuto and HAY
Muuto and HAY furniture, pinks, greys and greens

Designed in 1949 by Nils Strinning the String shelving system sums up Scandinavian design at its best. It is modular, simple, practical, affordable and comes in a range of beautiful colours. To think a design so simple still looks as good today as the day it was designed is a testament to design genius.

String Pocket
String Pocket shelving in Ash and White

 Gubi the Danish design house offer a real mix of Scandinavian classics by the likes of Greta Grossman, particular favourite is the Grasshopper Light. The colours of the products they design are truly Scandinavian and the furniture is mainly made from Wood. The earthy tones in the image below is Scandinavian to the core and is warmed up with the luxurious Walnut chairs and table.

Gubi Ronde Light
Gubi Ronde light and dining set – lovely warm colours
&Tradition Mayor Sofa
&Tradition Mayor Sofa in a beautiful yellow tone
Scandinavian Design
Dark tones, set off by the beautiful &Tradition Ice Chandelier

 &Tradition a Danish design company are real favourites here at Cimmermann. There mix of Design Classics by the likes of Verner Panton  and more modern designs by the likes of Benjamin Hubert make for an exciting company to look out for.

Scandinavian Kitchen
Lovely Green colour and marble top in this Scandinavian Kitchen. Image courtesy of Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/435723332669490761/

Scandinavian Style offers simple and classic design, hope we have inspired you to go Nordic!!!

The Team at Cimmermann

Credits and Links:

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/435723332669490761/

String

http://www.muuto.com/

My Scandinavian Home Blogspot

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scandinavian_design

Design Boom – Forum AID Award

Design Classic – Make that investment in 2014

Buying a Design classic can be a big investment, but at the same time rewarding and cost effective. Let the Team at Cimmermann advise you of the best to invest in for 2014 –

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman
Available in several different finishes and now in 2 different sizes, our favourite is the Santos Palisander Shell with Black leather. The quality and craftmanship that goes into making an Eames Lounge Chair means that purchasing one of these means you can pass it on to your children and they pass it on to theirs ……….. This Design Classic is meant too only get better with age.

Vitra Eames Lounge Chair & Ottoman - Design Classic
Vitra Eames Lounge Chair and Ottoman looking sublime as usual
Design Classics
VitraHaus 2013 – too many Design Classics to mention http://instagram.com/p/hvejFAHiI0/
Bestlite BL1 Table Light
This is the oldest light in the list, designed in 1930 and favoured by Winston Churchill the Bestlite BL1 table light is a true Design Classic. Bestlite recently introduced a new Brass version but for us the original chrome version is perfect. Watch a great video about Bestlite here.

Bestlie BL1 Light - design Classic
Bestlite BL1 light in a cool office

String – Black & Walnut system
Designed in 1949 by Nils Strinning the String system is so flexible and versatile it can work in any room in the home. The Cimmermann house includes String in Kitchen, Playroom and Bedroom – a perfect endorsement for the flexibility and design of String. Available in many colour combinations our favourite is the Walnut and Black, a warm mix of colours and materials. Will String furniture look as good and be an investment in 2014 – you bet it will, one of our favourite Design Classics.
String Shelving - Design Classic
String Shelving in Black and Walnut combination
String Shelving - Black & Walnut
String shelving – walnut detail

Modernica Bubble Light
The bubble light by George Nelson is available in many shapes and sizes but our favourite is the Bubble Ball Light. Originally designed in 1947 they look as good today as they did all that time ago when they were first produced. The simple shape makes them perfect to compliment any interior design scheme. These lamps with their simple sculptural shapes were constructed of an innovative taut plastic that coated a steel wire-frame. Nelson’s unique design and ingenious use of materials prove to eliminate glare and provide an abundant, yet diffused light. A quality which alone is unique to this material and has yet to be bettered. These famous lamps are part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

Modernica Bubble Light - Design Classic
Modernica Bubble lights, image courtesy of http://designspiration.net/image/2613663118624/

Flos Arco LED
Achille Castiglioni’s stunning light now comes in a new LED version. Offering 2 different levels of brightness the LED light is both bright and warm, a revolution in LED lighting. You can’t go wrong with this Design Classic originally designed in 1962 this new version adds a technological advancement to an already iconic product.
Flos Arco LED - Design Classic
Sleek interior with Flos Arco LED light

Vitra DSW Chair
The iconic Eames DSW Chair is now available with Black or Dark Maple coloured legs, adding even more exciting possibilities. Vitra have also launched a new Shell colour – Basalt which is a beautiful warm grey colour which combines so well with the new leg colours. A true design classic that just got better.

Vitra Eames DSW Chair - a true Design Classic
Vitra Eames DSW Chair – a true Design Classic
Vitra Eames DSW
Vitra Eames DSW with new Dark Maple legs
Kartell Componibilli
Componibilli is an iconic storage range that is flexible, functional, practical and looks great in any room of the house or office. Componibilli has been produced now for over 40 years and is a real Design Classic by Kartell. With its innovative design it is on display in the Musuem of Modern Art in New York and the Pompidou Centre in Paris. Available in 4 different sizes and 4 different colours – White, Black, Red and Silver. The youngest Cimmermann family member has several in his playroom and Postman Pat loves sleeping in there!!!
Kartell Componibilli - Design Classic
Kartell Componibilli – so flexible and sleek, looks cool in white – image courtesy of Pinterest http://www.pinterest.com/pin/446841594248911894/

Check out our Design Classics section and choose for yourself.

The team at Cimmermann

Credits & Links:

http://www.gubi.dk/

http://www.string.se/imagebank/highres/STRING-014326.jpg

http://designspiration.net/image/2613663118624/

http://instagram.com/p/hvaOt5HiEH/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/446841594248540720/

http://www.pinterest.com/pin/446841594248911894/