It’s this time of year with its brighter mornings, and evenings, that you might start to look at your homes in a different light, and I do mean in the literal sense. If not because you start seeing the dust more, but also because of the transition from Spring to Summer, (which feels like forever), the majority of us are looking to make changes to our homes.
It’s the perfect time to get organised, and free ourselves from the accumulative layers and paraphernalia that winter tends to weigh us down with. I liken it to emerging from our winter cocoons to feeling freer and refreshed. The reality may be somewhat different, but its worth trying to achieve. If only the weather here in the UK would play ball, and we didn’t have to keep retrieving the jumpers and throws!
So I thought what better way to get organised than with iconic Swedish brand string®.
A timeless classic, Nils Striving’s shelf system string®, was first produced in 1949. It’s one of the twentieth century’s foremost iconic designs, which for something as simple as this dainty light shelf with its thin laddered side panels is a huge Swedish design success story. But like most iconic designs, the prove is in the pudding so to speak, and it looks as fresh today in our modern homes as it was when it was first produced. It’s inarguably an intelligent and visually appealing shelving system.
Of course, I have included a little bit of history behind string®, because I’m forever interested and fascinated by design. Which I hope you are too….
Swedish architect Nils Strinning first designed the string® bookshelf system in 1949 with his wife Kajsa Strinning for a competition initiated by Bonnier public library. They won, and the rest as they say is history. In fact their design was so successful that they had to take a number of plagiarists to court in 1961. The supreme court ruled in string®’s favor and the shelf was patented. In 2009, the string® shelf was also classified as a work of applied art under copyright law.
Since 1959 there have been many diverse executions of the bookshelf system. One of which was the string® plex in 1953.
I think you’d agree that string® plex fits in with modern decor today as well as it did in 1953.
The string® systems success relies not only on its aesthetics, but its versatility. The signature ladder like side panels work with a combination of shelves, magazine shelves, work desks, folding tables, and cabinet. That’s an awful lot of flexibility for a modular system!
Forever customisable, if you want, or need to change its layout, you can. I like this idea, as I can get bored easily, and like to change things around. If not just to keep everyone on their toes. With the string® system it can inevitably save time and money in the long run if you need to make alterations to your homes. The string® system adapts to fit you, and your lifestyle. If you have an iPad, you can even design your own personal system to fit your space by using the string® app.
Its minimalist in looks which makes it timeless classic that not only works for contemporary homes, but work places too. Oh and lets not forget the little ones, where string works beautifully at organising all their toys.
Unlike Mondays Alternative to Wardrobes – The Clothes Rail post where showcasing my clothes hoard was uninviting to me, I somehow can cope with other areas in my home. I hate cluttered sides and like things to hand, especially in the kitchen. I love this particular kitchen string system above; affording a place and home for a whole host of kitchen paraphernalia.
The string® pocket shown above and below.
I am particularly in love with this on trend green version of string® pocket. Available from Madeindesign
string® Pocket Flex
Over sixty years have passed since string® was created. It’s endless permutations is, for many, not just a shelf, but a piece of furniture that can be changed infinitely. Whether you want a whole wall to filled or a small, but notable addition to adorn your home with, the string® is an affordable solution that will bring you variation, and iconic style to your spaces. From bedrooms, libraries, kitchens, and bathrooms, there really isn’t anywhere where the string® wouldn’t work. What’s not to love? Swedish design at it’s best offering your form and function to your homes.
string® is available from a huge array of stockists here in the UK and abroad. Check out their webpage here for more detail information on local stockists, products and their string® systems.
That’s all from me this week. Until next time, thank you, as always for stopping by today!
All the fabulous images on today’s post are from string
What a versatile product, not something I would have considered before! Fab read again Maria :) xx
Isn’t it just, I love the string shelving system. It’s so versatile :D Thanks Amanda :D xx