In 1949 Nisse and Kajsa Strinning designed the very first String shelf, which with time became a Swedish design icon. The well-known shelving system now celebrates 70 years and in order to honour the heritage String will offer a limited edition of the String Pocket, created by designer Mats Theselius.
String Pocket is characterised by iconic, stylish wire panels that give the shelving a unique, timeless quality. The anniversary edition will be executed in a new material, where the shelves are made of glass and the panels are powder coated stainless steel.
– I wanted to explore how well the design of the String shelf stands the test of time. With shelves of glass, the anniversary model recedes and takes on an almost intangible form. You are presented by the wall panels and the faintly blue-green edges that form lines to visualise the demarcation of the shelves, says Mats Theselius.
The stainless panels are finished in the same hue as the glass edges, causing the glass and panel to melt together into one structure. The exclusive anniversary edition of String Pocket will only be produced in 2019 reproductions, with a numbered engraving on one of the shelves.
– This year the String shelf celebrates 70 years and we wanted to emphasize the timeless design Nisse and Kajsa created. We have previously collaborated with Mats Theselius when creating limited anniversary editions, and his sense for both selection of material and design made it an easy choice to make, says Peter Erlandsson, co-owner of String Furniture.
Each String Pocket consists of two side panels and three shelves, making it simple to combine this versatile product into a smaller shelving system in a number of groupings.
Mats Theselius also designed the two previous limited editions by String Pocket. When String celebrated 60 years in 2009 a rosewood and gold version was launched and when String Pocket celebrated 10 years in 2016 an anniversary version in stainless steel was produced.
The limited edition of String Pocket will be available in stores from September 2019.
Design: Mats Theselius
Dimensions: W: 600 mm, D: 150 mm, H: 500 mm
Material: Shelves in Optiwhite glass, panels in powder coated stainless steel
Price: 2950 SEK
Mats Theselius is the designer behind several of the most well-known and appreciated Swedish furniture produced in the 1990s. Theselius is educated at the University College of Arts, Crafts and Design (Konstfack) in Stockholm 1979-1984. During the years 1995-1996 he acted as Professor at the HDK School of design & crafts, Chalmers University in Gothenburg. During his successful career several of his designs have being noticed and among others are the chairs Aluminum, Inox and Star where all are characterised by creativity, innovative design at the same time as they stand out from the crowd. Theselius was rewarded the Grand Award of Design in 1997 and in 2011 he was elected as an associate of The Royal Swedish Academy of Fine Arts. His designs have been part of several major exhibitions worldwide and his works are often described as a merge between design and art.
At Salone del Mobile in Milan, String Furniture will showcase three newly added products to its iconic collection of shelves and shelving systems. In conjunction with the String shelving systems 70th anniversary, a new colour is being added: Beige, and together with designers Anna von Schewen and Björn Dahlström, String is launching a galvanized version suitable for outdoor use. Additionally, String Pocket will be offered in the newly added colour Blush.
This year the String shelving system celebrates 70 years. Since the designers Nisse and Kajsa Strinning created the iconic shelving system, String has continuously developed its design and taken the versatility of the String Shelving system to new heights. In conjunction with String’s 70th anniversary, the modular shelving system is being updated, adding a new warm and modern colour: beige.
– We looked at a number of beige nuances, and in the end, we went with this particular beige tone. It is an attractive, classic shade of beige, which in its timelessness will be an excellent complement to the other colours in the String System, says Lotta Agaton, stylist and creative advisor to String.
In collaboration with designers Anna von Schewen and Björn Dahlström, String Furniture has developed a version of the String shelving system, suitable for outdoor use. The new galvanized version of the shelving system is comprised of two different materials that makes it durable and perfect for outdoor use. The iconic panels create an elegant yet functional outdoor storage unit. Both the shelves and floor panels are produced in southern Sweden, as are all the other products in the String product range.
– The material we use requires no additional surface treatment. Should rusting occur, the material has the ability to mend itself and stop the rust from spreading, says Jonas Wetterlöf, CEO at String Furniture.
Now, String Furniture, in collaboration with stylist Lotta Agaton, has developed a warm, classic blush hue that is an excellent complement to the other colours and finishes in the palette.
– Blush is leaning towards the warm colour scale and is a perfect match to the other colours in the String Pocket collection. For instance, it works extremely well with the Sand and our wood finishes, says Peter Erlandsson, co-owner of String Furniture.
All news has, just like all String Furniture products, an ability to stay with you through all different stages in life – regardless where you choose to place them. Thanks to the endless possibilities to build and combine the shelves after your personal preference, they can be adapted and changed to satisfy your specific need.
Design: Nisse and Kajsa Strinning
Material: powder coated panels, shelves in lacquered MDF
Colours: Panels in beige (new), black, white or grey. Shelves in beige (new), white, grey, ash, black stained ash, oak or walnut. Metal shelves in white, grey or black.
Price: from 385 SEK
Design: Nisse Strinning
Material: powder coated panels, shelves in lacquered MDF
Dimensions: 60 x 50 x 15 cm
Colours: Blush (new), Burgundy, Mustard, Sand, ash/white, hand-oiled teak/brown, oiled smoked oak/dark brown, black stained ash/black, oak/white, walnut/black, white/white or grey/grey.
Price: from 1095 SEK
For the opening of the newly renovated Nationalmuseum in Stockholm, the design and architecture studio TAF and String Furniture were commissioned to design a new console shelf for the NM& artistic collaboration, a series of products developed for the new museum restaurant. The result: Museum, an elegant and neat shelf. The idea behind Museum was to develop a functional, multifaceted shelf capable of bearing the Nationalmuseum’s collection of busts. Museum is not only perfect for accentuating pieces of art, but also perfume collections or a pile of books by the bedside. The possibilities are endless and thanks to the shelf’s trim design, several shelves can also be combined on the same surface, for example to showcase the household art or plant collection in an elegant, stylish manner.
Museum is cast in aluminium, a very light and durable material. As the shelf and the bearing console are cast as one piece, the shelf has the capacity to bear heavier objects. “Being selected by Nationalmuseum as a purveyor of shelving is a great honour. It has been extremely exciting to be part of such a major, culturally historic project to modernise the museum. Now everyone can follow in the Nationalmuseum’s footsteps and showcase their treasures on Museum,” says Pär Josefsson, co-owner of String Furniture.
“Working together with String Furniture, a company with such a long history and extensive knowledge in wall-mounted storage, has been an extremely rewarding and successful collaboration,” says Mattias Ståhlbom, designer and co-founder of TAF.
Dimensions: W: 280 mm, D: 240 mm, H: 80 mm
Material: powder coated aluminium
Colours: white, beige, grey (aluminium)
Price: SEK 1 250
TAF is a Stockholm-based design and architecture studio founded by Gabriella Gustafson and Mattias Ståhlbom in 2002. TAF‘s studio in the Södermalm district of Stockholm is located in a converted bakery that used to serve the neighbourhood. There is a nice twist to this, as TAF aims to fulfil a similar function as the bakery through its design — one where design isn't seen as superfluous but integrated into society on all levels, like the daily loaf of bread. TAF creates products of extraordinary quality and through a process of careful investigation of materials and construction techniques and a healthy dose of discussion, the finished product is often both humorous and thought provoking.
String Furniture is a global design company, primarily known for its versatile and functional shelving system String® – a Swedish design icon since 1949.