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Designer of the Month : Nils Strinning

Nils 'Nisse' Strinning : 8 December 1917 – 10 May 2006

Nils Strinning was a Swedish architect who rose to prominence in the mid twentieth century. Born in Kramfors in 1917, he is part of a group of designers credited with helping build the foundation for what we now call Scandinavian design.

String shelving

String shelving

String shelving

String shelving

String shelving

String shelving

Whilst studying architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH), Strinning began to design objects made from plastic covered metal wire – most notably a dish tray named Elfa. In the days before dishwashers, air drying was the most hygienic way to dry dishes but in order to do this, an orderly dish rack was required. The Elfa solved this problem and became Strinning's first successful invention.

Nothing is too modest that it cannot be improved.

In 1949 Sweden's largest publishing house, Bonnier, realised that if it wanted the Swedish people to start buying books they would need a place to store them. They announced a bookshelf competition which was won by the String Bookshelf designed by Nils and his wife Kajsa. Having won the Bonnier competition, Nils Strinning went about opening String AB and put the bookshelf into production. The original bookshelf design paved the way for what is now a fully formed String Shelving System.

String Shelving enjoyed a successful period in 1950s & 60s. However, it was following its reintroduction in the late 2000s that String Shelving saw its popularity surge. The endless capabilities of this ever expanding configurable system and the ability to add new components over time has seen String Shelving become a firm favourite in contemporary homes and office across Europe.

Take our advice, start your String journey today – you'll never look back.

Utility are the number one supplier of String Shelving in the UK. If you have any questions about the system and what will best work for your interior space, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

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