Certain things are so closely associated with a particular time that they become timeless. There is no better example of this than the String® shelving system designed by Nisse Strinning in 1949 for the eponymous String Furniture.
It may seem strange that a thing so simple and unpretentious as this economical, light shelving with its minimal framing has become one of the twentieth century’s foremost design icons. But the reasons are many.
It is simple and cheap to transport as a flat package. The shelves are easy to assemble. Each shelf can be quickly relocated. Shelves of different depths can be combined and the framing functions as bookends. It is robust and can be extended in any direction.