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History

strinning

more than a flash of genius

certain things become so strongly associated with an era that they become timeless. this is certainly true of nils strinning’s shelf system, string®, which was designed in 1949. it may seem strange that something as simple and humble as this little dainty light shelf with its thin side panels has become one of the twentieth century’s foremost design icons.

the reasons are several; the thin packaging is simple and cheap to transport, the shelf is easy to assemble, the shelves can be quickly repositioned, shelves of various depths can be combined and books are held in place by the side panels, it is stable and can be extended in all directions. whether the wall surface is large or small string® is functional. it’s the side panel which gives string® its character. elegant and clean-limbed are the coloured threads, a slender ”ladder” ascending the wall, ingenious, variable, flexible… it’s not strange that post-war europeans, who were thirsting for freedom, adored string®. particularly the young, those who had begun to be called teenagers.

if it hadn’t been for a competition announced by sweden’s largest publishing house, bonnier, in 1949 it would probably not have been set into production. bonnier realised that if the swedish people were to begin purchasing books they would have to have somewhere to keep them. the shelf was to be affordable, simple to transport and easy to assemble. just such a shelf had existed in the thoughts of nils strinning. the competition became a reason to put thought into action and he won, of course, first prize.

everything has a prehistory and this one is about laziness and wire. drying dishes was a time-consuming enterprise before the days of the dishwasher. air drying is more hygienic than using a dishcloth but then a practical and orderly dish rack is required. the elfa dish rack became nils strinning’s first successful invention in 1946. three years later, together with the producer arne lydmar, he had solved the problem of how to coat the steel wire with plastic, yes, nils strinning is the father of the entire elfa-system with his wire baskets which are to be found in most wardrobes today, like the wore baskets on the kitchen sink cover. nothing is too modest that it can’t be made better. this is how you could summarise nils strinning’s view on life. through him the inventors demand for function is combined with the aesthetician’s feeling for proportion and detail.

kerstin wickman, professor of design and handcraft history, the university college of arts, crafts & design, stockholm

1949 Among the 194 entries submitted from around the world, string is crowned winner of Bonnier's bookshelf competition. In the same year string is founded.

1949
Among the 194 entries submitted from around the world, string is crowned winner of Bonnier's bookshelf competition. In the same year string is founded.

1950  string shelves are ordered for the offices in the newly built UN building in NYC.

1950
string shelves are ordered for the offices in the newly built UN building in NYC.

1953  string plex is launched.

1953
string plex is launched.

1953  string releases the standalone string shelf. Nils never likes it.

1953
string releases the standalone string shelf. Nils never likes it.

1954  string is awarded the gold medal at the Triennale in Milan.

1954
string is awarded the gold medal at the Triennale in Milan.

1955  string exhibits at H55 in Helsingborg – the start of “Swedish Design”.

1955
string exhibits at H55 in Helsingborg – the start of “Swedish Design”.

1956  Deutsche String GmbH is founded.

1956
Deutsche String GmbH is founded.

1950’s  In Colombia, string is paid for shelf deliveries in emeralds.

1950’s
In Colombia, string is paid for shelf deliveries in emeralds.

1957  The floor panel is launched.

1957
The floor panel is launched.

1961  string takes a number of plagiarists to court. The Supreme Court rules in string’s favor and the shelf is patented.

1961
string takes a number of plagiarists to court. The Supreme Court rules in string’s favor and the shelf is patented.

1963  string continent is launched.

1963
string continent is launched.

1970  A new storage concept Tingoteket is launched but it never becomes a hit.

1970
A new storage concept Tingoteket is launched but it never becomes a hit.

1979  The string shelf is incorporated into the Swedish National Museum's design collection.

1979
The string shelf is incorporated into the Swedish National Museum's design collection.

1993  The bookshelf Kam by Nils Strinning is awarded “Excellent Swedish Design” by Svensk Form (Swedish Society of Crafts and Design).

1993
The bookshelf Kam by Nils Strinning is awarded “Excellent Swedish Design” by Svensk Form (Swedish Society of Crafts and Design).

1999  Nils Strinning is awarded the "Classic Prize" and string’s computer shelf gets the “Excellent Swedish Design” award. Both prizes are awarded by Svensk Form.

1999
Nils Strinning is awarded the "Classic Prize" and string’s computer shelf gets the “Excellent Swedish Design” award. Both prizes are awarded by Svensk Form.

2005  An all-white string shelf is exhibited at H05 – 50 years after H55. Walnut, oak and solid black are launched the same year.

2005
An all-white string shelf is exhibited at H05 – 50 years after H55. Walnut, oak and solid black are launched the same year.

2005  string pocket is unveiled at Form/Design Center in Malmö.

2005
string pocket is unveiled at Form/Design Center in Malmö.

2009  The string shelf is classified as a work of applied art under copyright law.

2009
The string shelf is classified as a work of applied art under copyright law.

2009  Artek celebrates 75 years - string is commissioned to produce a commemorative pocket in "Artek-gray".

2009
Artek celebrates 75 years - string is commissioned to produce a commemorative pocket in "Artek-gray".

2009  string turns 60 and celebrates by letting Mats Theselius style a limited edition string pocket. The result is 600 numbered string pocket shelves in gold / rosewood.

2009
string turns 60 and celebrates by letting Mats Theselius style a limited edition string pocket. The result is 600 numbered string pocket shelves in gold / rosewood.

2010  Rebecka Tarschys’ book on string’s history "String Pocket" is published.

2010
Rebecka Tarschys’ book on string’s history "String Pocket" is published.

2013  The collaboration with Björn Dahlström and Anna von Schewen results in a folding table.

2013
The collaboration with Björn Dahlström and Anna von Schewen results in a folding table.

2014  string continues to work with Anna & Björn and the office range string works is presented for the first time.

2014
string continues to work with Anna & Björn and the office range string works is presented for the first time.

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