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The story of String

String furniture’s motto is “Modern since 1949,” which sums up this fun, timeless brand. It is the ultimate go-to design for classic, yet modern furniture that is functional, versatile, flexible and timeless.

There is no better example of this than the String Shelving system. Designed in 1949 by the Swedish architect, Nils Strinning, the String shelving system has won many coveted awards and established itself as one of the most loved Scandinavian designs available.

Its mid century design appeal means it looks as good today as it did back then, in any interior - whether it be traditional or modern. With white, black or grey powder coated frames or support panels, there are a number of added elements available to create your own unique look. With a choice of glass or wooden door sliding cabinets, a two drawer chest, a work desk or folding table and a range of magazine shelves and accessories, String Shelving is, we think, the definitive modular shelving system.



String furniture oozes Scandinavian charm and is still manufactured in Sweden to this day. It is modern, minimalist, light and has an industrial nod for a distinctive look. The refined, unpretentious look makes it timeless and the brand's creative evolution has ensured that String products have remained relevant for over 60 years.

String Pocket Shelving was developed as a starter pack, offering a "straight out of the box" shelving solution comprising of 2 side panels and 3 shelves. Available in a range of colours and finish options, the String Pocket offers an affordable design classic shelving solution that can be adapted to suit almost any interior.

Lotta Agaton, String's set designer asked students from Beckmans College of Design in Stockholm to style their own String Pocket. The result was an incredibly inspiring selection of designs ideas.



String Shelving has won many coveted design awards, including:

  • 1949: Winner of the Bonnier Bookshelf competition
  • 1954: Gold Medallion (Milan Triennialto)

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I have rarely experienced such excellent quality advice, support and reliability. Your staff communicate effectively and helpfully. I am a truly satisfied customer. I love my String Shelving and I will not hesitate to return to Utility for my next purchase. Thank you!

Oct 24th 2019 | Sarah

Your customer service has been fantastic. I'm seriously impressed. Really pleased to be able to place the bigger order and make your time worthwhile. I think I need to send you a medal!

May 19th 2019 | Jason

I just wanted to express my thanks again for your great customer service. I ordered my items less than 24 hours ago and I’ve amended my order- yet I still have my order here with me now. You went out of your way to deliver my order and I’m very grateful. I wish more places had people like you :-)

May 14th 2019 | Louise

Thanks so much for your extraordinary service. -

Jun 19th 2019 | Maria (US)

Thanks again for such amazing customer service - I have honestly been so impressed by everything! Thank you for doing such a wonderful job

Jun 19th 2019 | Amber

Excellent customer service and immediate response to enquiry (live chat). Very happy every time used Utility both online and on high street.

Jun 28th 2019 | Jo

I couldn't be happier with the custom made sofa bought through the online store. It is perfect and made all the more enjoyable by buying it through the guys at utility. Ben and Paul who delivered the sofa were amazing, kind and really helpful in a difficult situation (of course the lift broke when I was getting something delivered). Would highly recommend!

Aug 13th 2019 | Holly

Just wanted to message and say that I'm a big fan of the Utility Stores and the types of products you guys sell. I work close by to the Manchester store at University Green, so I'm popping in a fair bit generally for cards, gifts, etc. I just nipped in again this afternoon about one product I'd bought earlier and the staff were super helpful and attentive. It made it really easy, and I was in and out in no time.

Aug 13th 2019 | Richard

Just wanted to drop you guys a quick note to say how happy I am with the service I have had. Especially the two guys who delivered/carried into an awkward space/built/then took away the packaging, not to mention then gave me a lift into town. Thank you. Plus the sofa looks amazing. I will definitely be using you guys more in the future and will highly recommend you to anyone who will listen.

Sep 13th 2019 | Luke

Thank you for all your help and customer service, the Eames Lounge Chair arrived yesterday and I love it.

Nov 1st 2019 | Ross

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Dec 9th 2019 | Katy