1 Bay String Shelving System with Bureau / Laptop Desk

1 Bay String Shelving System with Bureau / Laptop Desk


A fantastic Scandinavian shelving system.

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Stylish and functional, this is a classic mid century String shelving system designed by the Swedish designer Nils Nisse Strinning. The upright ladders allow the teak cabinet and shelves to be positioned wherever required. This is a very versatile piece of retro furniture. Scandinavian String systems are a true mid century design classic and are very highly sought after today.

This system features a single bay with three shelves, a bureau/laptop desk and a magazine rack which sits below the desk cabinet. Remember that the desk and shelving can be set at different heights to suit your needs.

The String system, designed Nils Strining, combines upright ‘ladders’ that support shelves and cabinets, which hook onto the rungs of the ladders. One of the great benefits of the String system over its Danish counterparts is that it doesn’t need to be attached to the wall. The whole set up breaks down easily when it needs to be moved and is so simple to rebuild.

Swedish architect-designer Nils “Nisse” Strinning (1917-2006) is best known for his minimalist and cost-effective String Bookshelf System and his versatile designs in plastic. Born in Kramfors in 1917, Strinning studied architecture at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm (KTH) from 1940 until 1947. As a student, he, along with the Swedish engineer Arne Lydmar, conceived a way of coating steel wire with plastic.

In 1952, Strinning founded both String Design AB and Swedish Design AB. The following year, String Plex was launched, along with a standalone shelving system, which Strinning is rumored to never have liked. In 1955, the String Shelf was exhibited at the H55 Helsingborg Exhibition. Easily reproduced, it was subjected to flagrant copywriting. In 1961, Sweden’s Supreme Court ruled in favor of Strinning, and the shelf was patented.

H181cm – W79cm – D36cm




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