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How do you make a design stand the hard test of time? It’s easy, just go for a perfect balance between functionality and form. Then keep refining and evolving your idea over and over to make sure it stays in step with changing times. This is exactly how the light and airy String® Shelving System has become a beloved design icon, a shining example of timeless Scandinavian modern.

It all started with a revelation and a competition. In 1949, the leading Swedish publishing house Bonniers realised that people would likely buy more books if they had somewhere to put them. With this in mind, Bonniers launched a competition calling for a shelving solution that was affordable, easy to ship, easy assemble and easy to install.

Married couple Nils and Kajsa Strinning entered and won the competition with their ingenious solution: a flexible, elegant and minimalist shelving system that could be mounted on any wall.