String shelving system by Nils Strinning

I told you all about my home office inspiration in my last post and the String shelving system was at the top of my temptation list. String is the original shelving system designed by the Swedish architect Nils Strinning in 1949. He was one of the leading mid-twentieth century designers who built the foundation of what we now call ‘Scandinavian design’.

And guess what? I’ve just started my collection! I call it a collection because that is how I see it: there is no way we could afford to buy a whole wall of String immediately but you can start off small and add to it over time. That is the beauty of it; when more shelf space is needed, simply add an additional side panel and some shelves. As well as shelves there are cabinets with sliding doors, cabinets with drawers, a desk surface, magazine rack and a new folding table. All of the different components fit together and can be repositioned and the dimensions of the system have not changed since 1949. Let’s put it this way, Jules is never going to struggle to work out what to buy me for my birthday from now on.

I’m currently waiting for our order from Haus and I know Skandium also stock String. In the meantime, I wanted to share some shelf styling ideas as I know that can be a bit of a stumbling block for a lot of us (or is that just me?)…

Kitchen

String shelving can look stream lined and clean in the kitchen and works just as well housing functional kitchen pieces or for displaying your favourite crockery.

String shelving system by Nils Strinning www.apartmentapothecary.com

Image from Simply Grove.

String shelving system by Nils Strinning www.apartmentapothecary.com

Image from Delikatissen.

Pocket String

If you want to start off small, the Pocket String is the perfect place to begin. They come in lots of different colours too.

String shelving system by Nils Strinning www.apartmentapothecary.com

Sold at Skandium for £113.

Office

String is perfect for a home office as you can choose the configuration to suit your exact needs.

String shelving system by Nils Strinning www.apartmentapothecary.com

String shelving system by Nils Strinning www.apartmentapothecary.com

Image from Haus.

String shelving system by Nils Strinning www.apartmentapothecary.com

Image from Story North.

Living room

The String system will make anything you need to store look better (or just hide it away in the sleek cupboards).

String shelving system by Nils Strinning www.apartmentapothecary.com

Image from Haus.

Children’s room

The system works really well in a child’s room as it is extremely functional, robust and comes in colours to suit any surroundings.

String shelving system by Nils Strinning www.apartmentapothecary.com

Can not wait for mine to arrive!!!

Katy x

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3 Comments

  1. Katharine Peachey 6th June 2014 / 12:47 pm

    Love these shelves. Can you believe my mum had them in her studio in the 80’s. And yes, we gave them away.
    🙁

    • katy 8th June 2014 / 10:10 am

      I can’t bear it, Katharine!x

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